The Best Sandwiches in Sydney
Wrap your hands around these sangas, courtesy of the best sandwich makers in Sydney.
Sydneysiders are all about simple pleasures, and come lunchtime, the sandwich takes centre-stage. Invented by an aristocrat back in the 1700s, the beauty of the sandwich is that it has no limits. You can fill the space between two slices of bread with whatever you want, from good old-fashioned ham and cheese to something far more fancy.
Simple and satisfying or sophisticated and sumptuous, here are our sixteen favourite places to grab a sanga in Sydney!
You can’t call yourself a real Eastern Suburbs local until you’ve schlepped to Penny’s Cheese Shop at 10:30 on a Saturday morning just to have her tell you she’s already fresh outta cheese toasties. It’s a dairy-laced heart break. Hand-grated cheese is melted between delicious sourdough bread and occasionally spiked with deluxe option extras from chorizo to truffle. Fewer than 50 toasties are churned out daily, so you have to get in early to avoid missing out.
Shop 6/127-139 Macleay Street, Potts Point
This beef truffle sandwich is a spiritual experience. With paper-thin roast beef, generous helpings of truffle oil, tomato, parmigiano reggiano, house-made mayonnaise and soft leaf, every single bite of this sandwich is simply satisfying. Vegetarians aren’t overlooked here with a delicious vego and vegan options. Our favourite dish is the broccoli special with broccoli, minted pea and dukkah smash with chilli mayonnaise, provolone cheese and shaved parmesan.
45 Albion Street, Surry Hills
For over 15 years, the ‘Dowlo’ has been a staple on Sydney’s sandwich scene – and yes, there’s a scene, and it’s a thriving one at that! Here, ordering is easy: just choose white or brown bread, and one of the eight options on offer, and you’ll have a huge sandwich in front of you in minutes – the house favourite is the Veggie Sandwich. Trust us, it's worth the line!
377 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst
With house sambos and special sandwiches, Mrs Palmer Sandwich shop is known for her marvellously massive sandwiches. Our favourite would have to be the spicy BBQ beef brisket, a messy king, this beef is slow-cooked for eight hours in spicy BBQ marinade, caramelised onion chutney, buttercup lettuce, cabbage and topped with crispy shallots. If this venue wasn’t already cool enough, Mrs Palmer Sandwich is also the front for one of our favourite hidden bars.
81 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
This deli run by two best friends, Good Ways Deli is a haven for brunchers and lunchers alike! Try their breakfast sandwich with boiled egg, maffra mature cheddar, onion jam, butter lettuce and mayo. Or go in with aussie classics with deli sandwiches kangaroo mortadella, salami cotto, ham provolone, pickles, white onion, iceberg lettuce and sandwich sauce. Pair your sandwiches with an epic for a cheeky little lunchtime dessert.
Shop 1/20 Cooper Street, Redfern (Gadigal Land)
This hole-in-the-wall spot always has a line around the block and, as anyone who has ever tried the rolls can attest, the wait is well worth it! Value for money banh mi packed with flavour-fuelled ingredients stuffed in crusty baguettes – need we say more. Having made a massive name for themselves in Marrickville, they opened up a second location in Darling Square where they continue to serve up some of the best banh mi in Sydney.
236 Illawarra Road, Marrickville & 16 Steam Mill Lane, Haymarket
Bagels count as sandwiches, okay! Expect beautiful bagels, bright delicious, thinly sliced lox and rich schmear… absolutely delicious! Serve with a side of pickles and crisps, as well as the traditional lox in a box you can pick up LP’s pastrami reuben, chicken katso bagels and a whole heap of other delicious deli goods.
The Deli Shop 2/96 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi
Honestly, what’s better than a nice toastie on a chilly day? With thick cut white bread, these pimped out toasties are the talk of the town. The eggsmith is the perfect breakfast sando with fluffy scrambled eggs, American cheese, seasame flavoured slaw, spicy tomato relish, fish roe, chives and siracha mayo. For an Asian-inspired substantial sandwich, the wagyu beef don is our pick with eggs, cheese and slaw alongside Japanese-style simmered beef and onion, truffle mayo and seaweed furikake.
Chatswood Interchange, 12B/436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood & Darling Square, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket
Sandy’s is the Northern Beaches best new sandwich shop! This limited menu delivers on just two things – sandwiches and salads – and they deliver incredibly well. Our top picks are the schnitty sandy with chicken schnitzel, bacon jam mayo and Caesar dressing or the pastrami sandy with wagyu pastrami, slaw, grilled pineapple and smoked butter – all of our favourite things between two bits of bread!
2/50 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach
Just a couple of streets back from Bondi Beach, Lox Stock and Barrel is a deli diner that’s best known for its bagels and health bowls (because, balance). If carbs are calling your name, order the Grilled Spiced Albacore Tuna Sandwich, a fresh, flavoursome combination of seared tuna, jalapenos, cucumber and miso slaw on a grilled panini. It’s spicy yet cooling, and seriously good.
140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Speaking of pork, this late-night haunt may be the pork crackling king, but it also makes a beautifully succulent sandwich. The Crackled Classic contains crispy, slow-roasted and spiced pork belly and Vietnamese salad in a roll, and will keep you feeling full for hours. It’s a sin to leave this spot without trying the crackling, so ask for a cup of crackling on the side.
155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
The team at the Rueben Hills café and roastery don’t like to play by the rules – as evidenced by their wildly popular sandwich, ‘Not a Reuben.’ Meat lovers, this one’s for you. With tender wagyu salt brisket, pickled slaw, manchego cheese and horseradish cream, it’s the perfect balance of flavours and textures, and you’ll be dreaming about the melt-in-your-mouth wagyu long after lunch.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills
For a slice of South America, go to Chippendale – specifically, Brickfields. The café-slash-bakery is warm and inviting, thanks to its hanging plants and stacks of fresh loaves. People line up for its Bacon and Manchego Ciabatta, which is filled with crispy, salty bacon, manchego cheese, shredded kale, pickles, rosemary and garlic mayo. It’s usually dished up on a chewy seeded ciabatta roll.
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale & 2 Sydney Street, Marrickville
Next time you’re in the city, treat your tastebuds to a ‘bocadillo’ – a Spanish-style sandwich on a freshly baked baguette. Encasa Deli whips up 10 different types, including the classic Pepito. Made with eye fillet, a fried egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato and aioli on crusty bread, it’s a flavour explosion with the right amount of crunch.
123 Longueville Road, Lane Cove & 423 Pitt Street Sydney
Named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich (and aforementioned aristocrat), this Woolloomooloo café is bright and bustling. There are four options, all served up on bread from St Honore. While the salmon and Southern chicken sandwiches are delish, the café is famous among foodies for its beef cheek sandwich. Braised for 12 hours, the beef is incredibly tender.
144 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo
Headed up by Kenny Takayama (ex Bills), Café Oratnek is a Japanese-inspired fusion café that’s daring and delicious. It’s also home to the best katsu sandwich in Sydney. It’s made up of a juicy 200g pork fillet, thinly-sliced cabbage, and lashings of Japanese BBQ sauce and sweet mustard on a super-soft bun. Our advice, settle into a seat in the outdoor courtyard.
4 Pitt Street, Redfern
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