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Here’s Where To Wrap Your Hands Around The Best Sandwiches In Sydney

From cheese toasties to 10 layered-ham sandwiches, sink your teeth into one of these.

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Sandwiches are back, and in a big way. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a hankering for a good sandwich—not like the ones your mum used to pack in your lunch box. These sandwiches are layered with gourmet meats and cheeses, melted to perfection, or sandwiched between two soft pieces of white bread. Sandwiches come in all sizes, shapes, flavours, and styles. 

Whether you love a banh mi, a cheese toastie, or a 10 layered meat monster, then follow our guide for the best sandwiches in Sydney. 

Mrs Palmer Sandwich
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Mrs Palmer Sandwich

Darlinghurst
Mrs Palmer Sandwich has five sandwiches on its menu, so there’s no need to panic order. You will find a chicken sandwich, with your choice of poached, crispy, or chickenless, crispy pork belly, spicy BBQ beef brisket, falafel, cured meats, and the palmer Jana, which has crispy chicken pieces. Of course, there is the option to double the meat, double the everything, or you can add extra sauce, pickles, and other condiments. Each massive sambo is squished between two slices of hand-cut fresh-baked bread from Sonoma.

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S’WICH

Bondi
This next-gen sandwich and salad joint recently opened and sold 150 ‘S’WICH Schntiz’ on their first day. Clearly, people are loving the thick-cut packed sandwiches. Although, university graduates Jordan Abram and Jay Fink do more than just make sandwiches. The menu boasts inventive salads such as herby tuna with wild rice and pickled fennel. They don’t serve coffee, but you can find a Japanese cold brew. Even the uniform oozes 70s retro leisurewear. They’re open for lunch, dinner and everything in between. The sandwiches are a highlight and the sweet potato crisps are the perfect accompaniment to any salad or sandwich.

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Photo: @goodwaysdeli

Good Ways Deli

Redfern
Good Ways Deli takes us back to the old days of suburban milk bars. This corner shop is simple, only has a handful of sandwiches, but people line up to wrap their hands around one. Every day, you will find six sandwiches on the menu, each stuffed with deli meats, chicken, or veggie options. The main idea is to take away, but you can stand outside the deli and eat if you wish.

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Tiny’s Sandwich Bar

CBD
Situated in the heart of the CBD and on the cusp of Barangaroo is Tiny’s Sandwich Bar, a style-saturated bar and restaurant serving tiny cocktails and big sandwiches. While the cocktails are definitely worth a try, the sandwiches here are the star of the show. Expect, thicc (with two cs) cut white or brown bread—extra soft—and mouth-watering fillings. You can get anything from crumbed chicken breast to New York-style pastrami, 12-hour slow-cooked lamb, shaved ham, and salmon gravlax. Most sandwiches are $14-16, which is super affordable. They also have huge sandwiches, which feed four to five people. You can stop by for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Penny’s Cheese Shop

Potts Point
Penny is a self-diagnosed curd nerd at the forefront of the specialty cheese sector. If you’re hankering for a cheese toastie, Penny’s Cheese Shop is the place to go. Apart from the multiple kinds of cheese you can get from the fridge, be sure to give the cheese toastie ago. The menu changes all the time, but it’s a guaranteed winner every time.

Mr Crackles
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Mr Crackles

Darlinghurst
If you prefer your sandwich in role form, then consider Mr Crackles. Here, expect the perfect pork belly stuffed into warm fluffy bread. Or a crispy chicken katsu, covered in wasabi mayo and Asian slaw. There’s much to love about Mr Crackles, who spends days perfecting their succulent, crispy pork belly, and other meats, including a lamb shoulder braised in stock for eight hours, then finished off in the oven to crisp up. Each roll is $15, except for the pumpkin and BBQ jackfruit rolls.

South Dowling Sandwiches
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South Dowling

Darlinghurst and Alexandria
South Dowling is a name synonymous with long queues and mind-blowingly good sandwiches. Apart from being best value for money, South Dowling loves to load up sandwiches to the point they’re exploding. You can build your own sandwich, by picking the bread a filling, or try a creation by the sandwich artists. You can pick up a classic chicken schnitzel, or a smoked salmon with lemon chive mayo. They also have a chilli chicken sandwich, tuna, vegetarian, and of course, a classic leg ham sandwich. Each sandwich ranges from $9 to $14, depending on the filling. 

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Photo:@joessandwichbar

Joe’s Sandwich Bar

CBD
The sandwiches at Joe’s will not make you miss meat. Focusing on the power of vegetables, Joe’s sandwiches are a playful take on classics, including a Tempeh Reuben, and a B.L.T, without the bacon. The miso eggplant is always a crowd-pleaser. Imagine caramel eggplant, furikake, smashed avocado, Japanese slaw, and pickled ginger, packed together in one delicious sandwich. They cost $13 each and can be paired with a vegan cookie, for a little after lunch treat.

Little Vienna

North Sydney
Head to North Sydney for this little hole in the wall sandwich shop. They use white bread and offer classic fillings such as chicken schnitzel, Spanish salami, roast beef, and many more. Don’t expect anything fancy, just old fashioned sandwiches, that taste good and cost $11 to $12. They also have a special, which changes every day, so go in-store to check out what Little Vienna is all about.

John Montagu
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John Montagu

Woolloomooloo
Named after the man who is believed to be the reason for the lunchtime staple, John Montagu is a little sandwich shop serving good sandwiches. Whether you want to take away or eat inside, you’ll find a small menu of sandwiches, including 12-hour beef cheeks one, with cheese, rocket, horseradish mayo, secret sauce, and toasted to a warm, crunchy texture. The other sandwiches you can expect to see include a chicken katsu, falafel, and classic B.L.T toasted. The sandwiches here range from $16-$21.

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Boon Cafe

Haymarket
For something a little different, try Boon Cafe. This Thai-inspired cafe produces some pretty tasty, and quirky sandwiches. Expect, chicken cashew sandwich with smoked chilli jam, and a mushroom and holy basil sandwich with a fried egg. The chicken, squid and holy basil sandwich is definitely worth a try. All their sandwiches come on sourdough only and cost around $15.

Fabbrica sandwiches
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Fabbrica

CBD
Fabbrica is a pasta shop, a wine bar, a restaurant, and a deli, so if you ever need anything, then this is a one-stop shop. Their sandwiches are also worth a visit because they do them old school Italian style, packed with gourmet meats, the best cheeses, and fresh vegetables. Think porchetta, peppers, and rocket. It’s always changing, but you can bet that you will find something tasty on the menu each day. 

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Lox, Stock and Barrel

Bondi
If you love a good, New York style bagel ‘sandwich’, head to Bondi’s Lox, Stock and Barrel. They’re experts in Jewish comfort food. Expect smoked lox, including a smear of cream cheese, capers, and pickled onions. The menu also includes chopped liver bagel, egg and herb mayo, and avocado with lemon, cucumber, tomato, rocket, and smoked lox. They also have a Reuben made of wagyu corned beef, swiss pickles, and sauerkraut. The Reuben is $19 and the bagels range from $14 to $17.

The Lucky Pickle

Surry Hills
There’s always a line outside The Lucky Pickle, which is an indication that they are a must-try. Their baguettes are stuffed to the brim with pork belly, chicken katsu, tuna, or mushrooms, for those who prefer to skip the meat. At $12.50 per baguette, it’s a good bang for your buck. The menu is forever changing, and you can guarantee a chewy, tasty sandwich every time.

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Photo:@thesandwichshop

The Sandwich Shop

Darling Square
This casual eatery was once in Surry Hills, but it closed down and is now moving to Darling Square. You can expect the great sandwiches at the new location, including their ‘not your average triangle sandwich’ philosophy. They will continue to source the best sourdough and make sauces and dressings in house.

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Photo: @twochapscafe

Two Chaps

Marrickville
As you might know, Two Chaps is a little hole in the wall cafe with a loyal local fan base. They’re known for their breakfast food, but they also smash out some pretty spectacular sandwiches, including a fried egg ciabatta with beetroot relish, roasted mushrooms, and grilled halloumi. Another sandwich they offer is a poached egg ciabatta with lemon aioli, cabbage slaw, and fresco cheese. Each sandwich is $14, which is a steal considering how good these sandwiches are.

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Harvey’s Hot Sandwiches

Parramatta
For meat-filled, old school baguette sandwiches visit Harvey’s Hot Sandwiches. You can make your own roll, on your choice of bread, or you can try one of Harvey’s favourites, including a brisket or pastrami roll, either simple style (mustard and cheese) or sloppy (Russian dressing, slaw, and cheese). There’s also a selection of signature subs, including a Philly cheesesteak, classic subs, and brekkie rolls, because sandwiches aren’t just for lunch.

Marrickville Pork Roll

Darling Square
Craving a pork roll? There’s no better than Marrickville Pork Roll, the cult-favourite bakery, serving its award-winning pork rolls to hungry customers lined up outside. You will find traditional pork, barbecue pork, and pork belly rolls on the menu. If you’re a traditionalist, opt-in for the pork roll, and fill it with all your favourite ingredients. They also have a meatball roll that seems to be a crowd-pleaser any time of the week. 

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Charc

Artarmon
Charc specialises in meats and coffee, so it’s only natural to craft a range of lunchtime staples, including sandwiches. Their sandwiches come in all shapes and sizes, from Rubens to wraps, and a jalapeno ham and cheese. Their specialty makes their sandwiches stand out, and a must-try for every sandwich lover.

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Toastie Smith

Darling Square and Chatswood
Toastie Smith only makes toasted sandwiches and they’re glorious, also a great way to start the day. Expect fluffy scrambled eggs, cheese, slaw, bacon, or ham, or wagyu, sandwiched between two thick-cut slices of brioche. It’s the melt in your mouth kind of sandwich. For $8 to $13 a toastie, this funky sandwich shop is a great to-go option on your way to work.

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Small’s Deli

Potts Point
The sandwiches at Small’s Deli are only available from 11 am, but they’re worth the wait. They offer a range of sandwiches, including roast pumpkin on a panini, an all green panini with kale puree, avocado, granny smith apple, and alfalfa. For meaty options, try the mortadella with black fig and ricotta. The Florence and aubergine offer something slightly different from a fennel and garlic salami, eggplant, walnut paste, and creamed pecorino served fresh on a panini.

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Sandoitchi

Darlinghurst
This Japanese cafe puts all your favourites between bread, including thick-cut white bread or crunchy rolls. Expect a pork katsu sando or banh mi, buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, and a prawn sando with yuzu mayo and mustard between two thick-cut slices of white bread. The fish katsu burger is also a fan-favourite and comes on potato bread, for that extra carb hit. They also make a mushroom toastie and miso eggplant sandwich with Sichuan pepper. 

Cavalier Sandwiches
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Cavalier 1.0

St Leonards
This little cafe in St Leonards is serving up some pretty big sandwiches. They serve toasties and deli rolls to go, but their rolls are packed with meats, and their sandwiches are layered with meat—at least 5 or more layers. If you’re in the mood for a cheese toastie, Cavalier is known for them. They ooze with stringy cheese and are toasted to the point it burns a little, but still has that greasy, crunch from the butter we all love. 

City Edge Cafe

Haymarket
This little local cafe has a wall of sandwich options and a few specials every day, making it an ideal lunch break spot. The queue is an indication of just how popular this spot is, and mainly for their large sandwiches. The owner, Tommy is always around and happy to have a chat, just like you would expect from a neighbourhood cafe. If you’re hankering for a good sandwich, go see Tommy.

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What’s On in Sydney This Winter

There's plenty on.

It’s officially cold, but that doesn’t mean we should hibernate. Throw on a warm coat and hit the streets as Sydney comes alive with Bridgerton Balls, lobster rolls, ramen clubs and much more.

Check out these events if you’re looking for more fun things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

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Indulge in lobster rolls and truffle fries at the Lobster&Co pop up

August 16- September 25
The Rocks
Following a hugely successful Melbourne pop-up, Lobster&Co is coming to Sydney. Bringing with it their iconic lobster rolls, truffle fries and champagne—served from an airstream. The lobster rolls are stuffed with wild-caught whole confit lobster, fennel slaw, and a touch of citrus. Lobster&Co will also be popping up during Taste in the City, taking place in Entertainment Quarter from September 3-4.
Cost: Starting from $50

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Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday August 20 to Sunday, August 28
Auburn
One of Australia’s most photographed cultural events is returning to Auburn Botanic Gardens this August. The Cherry Blossom Festival pays homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture, and food, with the incredible backdrop bursting with cherry blossoms. For those who want to attend, you must buy tickets and pre-book a session in advance. Each ticket includes an all-day entry into the festival grounds and a 45-minute session of your choice on the Cherry Trail, which is where you can get the best photos. Although, be sure to check out the other attractions, including a Hello Kitty Garden Party, 9-hole Putt Putt Course, and the Japanese Food Village for Japanese Hanami staples.
Cost: $11.75

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Party all night in this Rave Igloo

Ends September 25
Greenwood Hotel
A three-month igloo rave has arrived at Greenwood Hotel brought to you by S*A*S*H Sydney and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Enjoy tonnes of snow, a fireball bar, and fire pits to keep you cosy all night. Local S.A.S.H. residents Kerry Wallace, Gabby and Jake Hough will provide the background music, along with international DJs every week.
Cost: Varies.

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Get a Negroni at Apollonia’s Negroni Series

Starts July 26, 2022
CBD
Negronis from five of The World’s 50 Best Bars will take centre stage at Apollonia for six months with Volume One featuring negronis from Atlas (Singapore), PDT (New York City), Sweet Liberty (Miami), COA (Hong Kong) and Above Board (Melbourne). In six months, these five negronis will rotate out and be replaced with five more from a new selection of bars.
Cost: Varies.

Catch a never before seen in Australia Sidney Nolan exhibit

July 21 – October 23
Darlinghurst
The Sydney Jewish Museum is exhibiting 50 of Sydney Nolan’s Auschwitz paintings, which have never been seen before in Australia. Until recently, the paintings mainly remained hidden, their stories untold for over half a century. The public can tour the exhibit to see Nolan’s intense paintings, created after a tour of Auschwitz in 1961. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this interpretation of history from an Australian perspective.
Cost: $20.08 for adults, $15.86 for senior concession, and $12.69 for students. Free for children under 10.

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Go glamping in the city with friends

Surry Hills
The Winery has been transformed into a cosy, bohemian glamping spot, perfect for rugging up and indulging in comfort food with friends. Nestled in the laneway’s garden, each glamping tent is set up with floor cushions, soft rugs, blankets and low table tops for grazing. The experience is complete with a four-course menu featuring grilled olive bread and burrata, salt and pepper calamari, truffled steak frites, and more.
Cost: Starts from $69 per person.

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Indulge in Raclette, S’mores, and spiced rum cocktails at Opera Bar

July 21-28
Circular Quay
This winter, Opera Bar is launching roving carts serving raclette, s’mores, and warming Bacardi Spiced Rum cocktails to your table. Keep warm by hailing the cocktail cart for hot buttered rums, raclette melted over crispy potatoes, or get your sweet fix with s’mores—toasted at the table. Live music is on every night and there are plenty of heaters to keep you warm while you take in that stellar harbour backdrop. The roving carts are available from Thursdays to Sundays.
Cost: $11 -50.

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Follow the Truffle Trail down in Darling Square

Ongoing
Darling Square
Over the next few weeks, dive into all things truffle with a selection of Sydney restaurants offering exciting dishes showcasing the unique depth and the umami and sweet flavours of the hyper-seasonal truffle. To take things to the next level, a pop-up cart will be open each Sunday offering exclusive, luxury truffle products for avid truffle seekers. Expect duck truffle soup from Auvers Cafe, wild mushroom truffle ragu from Hello Auntie, and even Truffalo buffalo wings from Wingboy.
Cost: Varies

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Attend a 10-day art, NFT, and negroni pop-up for charity

July 21-31
The Rocks and Darling Quarter
Sydneysiders can discover an epic line-up of homegrown artists, from NFT creator Bianca Beers to graffiti artist Scott Marsh, with 100% of profits from ONE’s ticket donations, art sales and auctions going to local charities, including; Asylum Seekers Centre, HalfCut and Save the Children. Across the 10 days, there will also be live auctions featuring luxury items from local businesses, exclusive pieces from Sydney artists and designers, themed life-drawing, and comedy tickets to the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre. 
Cost: Varies from $10- $200 (dependant on auction pricing)
Buy tickets here.

Attend The Bridgerton Ball

Saturday, September 3
Town Hall
The town’s most informed Lady is inviting the cream of the town to the social gathering of the season at the exquisite Sydney Town Hall. Dress in elegance and come prepared to dance to classics known to many by our fabulous string quartet. Favourable food and enticing premium drinks fit for Lady’s and Lord’s, along with an array of activities such as life drawing and games of chance await you as you try not to be caught up in the gossip to earn the Queen’s attention. 
Cost: $209.

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Try Maybe Sammy’s new cocktail menu

From April 6
The Rocks
Rat Pack is out. Artistic doyennes are in. The new menu has been inspired by 12 women who have shaped us artistically from the fields of music, art, cinema and fashion. Each of the 12 cocktails is a tribute to these leading ladies and their contribution to the arts. Maybe Sammy has collaborated with a talented female Australian artist, Clementine Roslund (who goes by @klemekleme_), who has created bespoke artworks to accompany each cocktail. The artwork sits alongside each cocktail in the new menu booklet, entitled ‘Stardust’, which is the name of this new collection. Each cocktail will have a bespoke custom social media filter made from the artwork, so you can pop yourself or your chum into it and extend the experience. The filters will be accessed by a QR code that can be found next to each of the cocktails in the Stardust menu.

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Conquer Sydney’s tallest paint and sip experience

Ongoing
CBD
Champainting has launched Sydney’s highest paint and sip event at over 300 metres above the CBD in the Sydney Tower Eye. The exclusive event allows guests to paint the ‘City by Night’ masterpiece. Sip on a two-hour drinks package and enjoy a gourmet grazing box while you unleash your inner Monet.
Cost: $145 per person.

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Race your friends at Hyper Karting

Ongoing
Entertainment Quarter
Located in Sydney’s The Entertainment Quarter, Hyper Karting is not your average go-karting—it’s karting reimagined. Think, electric karts, faster speeds, environmentally friendly, all-weather track and safe and inclusive karting. Each race is 15 minutes, and you can enter as many races as you want. It’s only $19 per race and there are two tracks, one for the kids (3-7 years old). When you start the race, your kart is at 50% power, although with every lap you finish, your speed increases dependent on your lap times. So the faster you complete a lap. the faster you can go the next time around. They have expert and standard races. If you’ve never been karting before, stick with the standard. You can race as a family, and the best part, they take your dine and discover vouchers. So what are you waiting for?
Cost: $19-$59.

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Bridge Climb X Hendrick’s Gin Bar

Ongoing
CBD
Throughout the month of January 2022, all climbers that scale the iconic arches on Day and Twilight Climbs departing after 1 pm will be treated to a complimentary post-Climb celebratory drink in an on-site celebration bar, which closes at 10 pm. The post-Climb drink offered will be a Hendrick’s and Fever-Tree Tonic with a cucumber garnish. Alcohol will be served to guests aged 18 years and over only. Those not of legal age to drink will be offered a non-alcoholic version.
Cost: From $198 for adults, and from $99 for kids.

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Butter X Impossible Pop Up at The Rocks

Ongoing
The Rocks
Butter, Sydney’s favourite burger and chicken joint, have launched an Impossible Pop-Up in The Rocks in Sydney. The menu is made exclusively with Impossible Beef, so you can pop down and try the full menu. Expect dishes such as an Impossible Chilli Cheeseburger, Impossible Katsu and American Impossible Chilli Cheese Fries. There will also be live music, DJs every week, and a bar stocked with fun cocktails. Butter hour is from 5 pm to 6 pm every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottomless brunches will also be on, as well as secret menu items, Australia Day festivities and New Years’ events.
Cost: Varies.

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