When John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, assembled the world's original sandwich in the 1700s, he probably had no idea how far it would go. We don't just mean geographically, either. Sandwiches are now the vehicles for just about every edible item on Earth.

Here in Sydney we've embraced the lot – sandwiches filled with lasagna, fiery Thai salads, fried chicken, American barbeque and every other cut of meat imaginable. Others have four kinds of cheese, eggs done every different way and even ice-cream. Whether they're wild, simple or luxurious, here's where to find Sydney's best.

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Mrs Palmer Sandwich

This tiny spot does fresh sangas during the day and decadent meaty sandwiches and margaritas at night.

81 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Penny’s Cheese Shop

The cheese toastie at this Potts Point cheese shop uses four different cheeses. It's the best cheese toastie in Sydney.

4 Roslyn Street, Potts Point

A1 Canteen

This casual all day diner serves up grown-up versions of playground-style sandwiches.

The Old Rum Store 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Mr Crackles

Home to the best crispy pork-belly roll in Sydney. And it’s available past midnight.

155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Joe’s Sandwich Bar

A vegan sandwich bar where you won’t miss the meat.

Enter opposite 321 Kent Street, Sydney

Brooklyn Bridge Deli

House cured pastrami, Reubens done by the book and an Oreo with every coffee.

6, 2 Bridge Street, Sydney

John Montagu

Named for the Earl who made sandwiches popular, John Montagu is putting lots of thought between two slices of bread.

144 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo

Scout's Honour

Well made classics mixed with daily specials.

118 George St, Redfern

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

A cocktail bar that doubles as a panini-slinging deli.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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Meet Gerard

Home to the cockily named "Best Roast Chicken Sandwich Ever". It's definitely close to it, though.

54 Henderson Road, Alexandria

Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai

Fiery Thai salads between two slices of sourdough; it exists and it's here.

1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket


The sourdough is a perennial seller; but it's also put to good use in the sandwiches.

206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Lox Stock and Barrel

Try the house-made brisket pastrami.

140 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi
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Southern American-style subs with meatballs, gooey cheese, pastrami and baked black beans.

2 52 Harris Street, Pyrmont

The Lucky Pickle

An old school sandwich shop dragged into the modern era.

Shop 3 509-511 Crown Street (Enter via High Holborn Street), Surry Hills

The Sandwich Shop

A neat sandwich shop serving the best things between bread.

44 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills

Little Lord

Like eating in a Wes Anderson film.

102 Salisbury Road, Camperdown

The Chicken Shop

Using the same rotisserie chooks as The Paddington.

382 Oxford Street, Paddington

The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

Spruced up Italian deli sandwiches with a side of crisps.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Come here for the hefty pork loin katsu with cabbage, japanese barbeque sauce and mustard.

616 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Two Chaps

All vegetarian; all flavour.

122 Chapel Street, Marrickville

Cafe Oratnek

Kentaro's sister cafe and the home of Sydney's softest, juiciest pork katsu sandwich.

4 Pitt Street, Redfern