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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Small's Deli

This petite, takeaway-focused sandwich shop offers no-nonsense sangas, strong coffees and a few bits and bobs for the pantry. And that’s about it. In the morning, the croque-monsieur (filled with a gooey cheese-medley and double-smoked ham) is your go. Later on, every sandwich on the lunch menu is a crowdpleaser. There’s also a good range of salads, sweets and pastries.

166 Victoria Street, Potts Point

South Dowling Sandwiches

This takeaway-focused old-school sandwich shop makes some of Sydney’s best (and biggest) sangas. But you don’t need to take our word for it – the lengthy queues that form outside it every single weekday at lunchtime should tell you how good these sandwiches are.

377 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst

Continental Deli, Bar and Bistro CBD

At Continental's CBD outpost, the French dip sandwich is a must-order. It triumphantly returned to the menu in 2021, and it's sticking around for good. Take one Brickfields baguette, add roast beef, cheese and serve it alongside a bowl of roasty, beefy jus (for dipping). Just sensational.

167 Phillip Street, Sydney
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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

Mrs Palmer Sandwich

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

81 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Good Ways Deli

A formidable sandwich shop meets-deli-and-bakery. And this isn’t your average sanga store – think kangaroo mortadella with fermented chilli, and chicken sandwiches with plenty of crunch, thanks to walnuts and apple, plus lamingtons, fancy Vegemite scrolls and house-made jams and pickles to take home.

20 Cooper Street, Redfern

Marrickville Pork Roll

Picture a baguette loaded with meat, carrot, pickled daikon, liver pate and coriander stalks. Now add birds-eye chillies so intense they’ll make your eyes water. Now picture a line of banh mi addicts wrapping around the block, hankering for Sydney's most famous banh mi. That’s Marickville Pork Roll.

236A Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Sandoitchi

Sandoitchi’s katsu is markedly different from its competitors. Where other cafe chefs and restaurateurs strive to find the softest sandwich bread possible, this one is a more textural option. It’s staked with salted cucumber, pickled carrots, nori, American-style cheese and tonkatsu-flavoured mayo.

Shop 3 113-115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Humble Bakery

A bakery from the Bodega team. Visit for baked-bean toasties, jam doughnuts, sausage rolls and quince danishes – with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary on the side.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Joe’s Sandwich Bar

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

Enter opposite 321 Kent 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

Mr Crackles

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

155 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Cafe Monaka

The filling of this tonkatsu sando here is as classic as they come: a big crumbed pork cutlet slathered in Bulldog sauce.

2 24 Waratah St, Mona Vale

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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Boon Cafe and Jarern Chai

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

1/425 Pitt Street, Haymarket

Hong Ha Bakery

There’s always a line for this Mascot bakery’s excellent banh mi.

1151 Botany Road, Mascot

Brickfields

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

Fabbrica

A deli, wine store and by-the-gram pasta shop from the Ragazzi team. You can also take a seat inside for a quick aperitif and sandwich.

161 King Street, Sydney

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

The Chicken Shop

Using the same rotisserie chooks as The Paddington.

382 Oxford Street, Paddington

Kentaro

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
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