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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.
Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.
To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
Tuck into a Fireball Burger
Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here.
For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.