Sydney’s Best Sandwich Shops For Those Office Lunch Cravings In 2021

If you’ve eaten any single meal more than a sandwich in your life, well then you’re probably not from Australia, or have a vastly different diet to me – but not all sandwiches, nor sandwich shops are created equal. No, you’re going to want to find the best sandwich shop in Sydney – always an admirable, ambitious venture.

From 7-11 cardboard wrapped sambos (that may as well be made of cardboard), to gourmet sangas created with care by trained chefs, Sydney has a huge range of sandwich offerings. 

To cut through the cardboard, so to speak, we’ve done the hard yards and put on a few kg’s to find the best sandwich shops, and indeed the best sandwiches, in Sydney – the majority of which, strangely, are located in or around Surry Hills. 



The Best Sandwiches & Sandwich Shops In Sydney


Malibu

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Want to eat the biggest sandwich you’ve ever seen? Say no more. Hidden away down a Surry Hills alley, Malibu is the undisputed champion of the giant sandwich club, with each gargantuan creation made with super fresh ingredients right in front of you. There’s a menu, but most regulars get a custom sandwich each visit. Malibu also offers delicious (and equally large) salads at a very reasonable price. Takeaway only.

Address: 62 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9280 2233


City Edge Café

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Known by regulars as ‘Tommy’s’, City Edge Cafe is an unmissable Surry Hills icon known as much for its scrummy sandwiches and wraps as it is for the snaking lines down Reservoir St. Once you’ve made it toward the front of the queue at City Edge, you’ll see a giant chalkboard to your right with ten sandwiches labelled S1-S10, ten wraps W1-W10, ten Turkish breads T1-10, and a range of daily specials starting at $9. The range of choice can be overwhelming, but if you don’t panic and choose wisely, you’re in for a treat.

Note that City Edge Café has currently shut up shop and is planning on moving venues. This article will be updated once they reopen.

Address: 74-80 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9282 9399


Sambos

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A new upstart operating out of a small kitchen in Ultimo, Sambos is the passion project of three friends from the food industry who have set out to make the best sandwiches in Sydney. Their baguette based sandwiches are made with love, quality ingredients, and offer some of the heftiest you’ll find in the city. While for now, Sambos only operates on weekends, expect a 7-day offering soon. We recommend the ‘Lola’ and the ‘For Emma’, for what it’s worth. Oh, and don’t forget to order the crinkle-cut fries.

Address: Ultimo Dark Kitchen (only available on Uber Eats, Menulog, and Doordash)

South Dowling Sandwiches

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With a daily line out the door rivalled only by City Edge, it’s apparent a lot of locals reckon South Dowlo has the best sandwiches in Sydney, and we’re inclined to agree. Their classic salad sandwich is so iconic it copped a mention in the New York Times, and their chilli-chicken on white is unmissable. They also do delivery, so there’s really no excuse not to give it a crack.



Address: 377 S Dowling St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9360 9355


Small’s Deli

Small's Deli puts up strong competition as the best sandwich shop in Sydney.
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In the mood for a European style panini or baguette filled with some of the freshest ingredients in the game? Look no further than Small’s Deli in Potts Point. This newcomer only opened in March 2020, but has to already be vying for top spot in this list. Their salads are absolutely stacked and well-worth it too, with various top-notch produce to add-on for extra.

Address: 166 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Contact: (02) 8592 5597


Mrs. Palmers

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A newly opened purveyor of fine sandwiches, Mrs. Palmers has quickly developed a cult following amongst Stanley St diners. While other establishments on this list are famed for their huge range of sambos, Mrs. Palmers only has five sandwiches on the menu + a weekly special (sometimes courtesy of a big-name chef). They’re big, delicious, and well worth a go.

Although do note that there can sometimes be a consistency issue. The Boss Hunting office has been disappointed on more than a few occasions with Mrs. Palmers, but when they hit the mark, they hit it hard.

Address: 81 Stanley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010


Sandoitchi

Sandoitchi uses Japanese flavours to compete for title of best sandwich shop in Sydney.
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This tiny Oxford St cafe specialises in poke (ish) bowls, brekky, and bloody delicious Asian style sandwiches. Their specialty? The Pork Katsu Sando priced at $11. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area and looking for the best sandwich shop you can find in Sydney.

Address: 3/113-115 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: 0491 092 958




John Montagu

John Montagu is one of the best sandwich shops in Sydney
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Named after John Montagu the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who is widely credited with inventing the best dish in the world, John Montagu has a lot to live up to – and it does. Using some of the best ingredients going to create some of the best sandwiches going, John Montagu specialises in hearty, rich, meat-based options starting at $13. Best sandwich shop in Sydney? It just might be.

Address: 144 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Contact: 0410 760 541


Dutch Smuggler

The Dutch Smuggler is one of the best sandwich shops in Sydney and one of the only ones outside of the inner-city.
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Mi Goreng Toastie? Say no more. But seriously, if you’re in the market for a heart-attack-inducing toastie that will blow your tastebuds mind then Dutch Smuggler in the CBD should be top of your list.

Address: 200 George St, Sydney NSW 2000


The Sandwich Stop

The Sandwich Stop contends nicely for the title of best sandwich shop in Sydney.
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The Sandwich Stop is a newcomer for this list, but its undoubtedly the driving force behind the sweeping changes at Oxford Village. The tiny Oxford Street shopping centre, now lively with various new food options, has seen a massive lunchtime surge thanks to this simple, no-fuss, and health-focused sandwich shop, which perfects everything from the classic turkey club and sweet chilli chicken, to vegetarian options like the eggplant and haloumi special. All sandwiches can be translated into salads as well, making this not just a contender for the best sandwich shop in Sydney, but a shoo-in for best salad shop as well.

Address: Oxford village, Shop 24/63 Oxford St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


Honourable Mentions

  • North Sandwiches, CBD
  • The Sandwich Shop, Surry Hills
  • Saga, Enmore
  • Oratnek, Redfern
  • Clementine’s, Pyrmont