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.
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 in Sydney – the majority of which, strangely, are located in or around Surry Hills.
Malibu, Surry Hills
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.
62 Foster St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
City Edge Cafe, Surry Hills
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.
74-80 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
South Dowling Sandwiches, Darlinghurst
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.
377 S Dowling St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
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Small’s Deli, Potts Point
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 this year, but has to already be vying for top spot in this list.
166 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Mrs. Palmers, Darlinghurst
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.
81 Stanley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
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.
3/113-115 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
A1 Canteen, Chippendale
This Chippendale eatery isn’t just a sandwich shop – they do breakfast, lunch, and dinner – but they also do A1 sandwiches (sorry) starting at $16, of which the gargantuan muffuletta is the star of the show.
2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
John Montagu, Woolloomooloo
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 sangas going, John Montagu specialises in hearty, rich, meat-based fare starting at $13.
144 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
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Dutch Smuggler, CBD
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.
200 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
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North Sandwiches, CBD
The Sandwich Shop, Surry Hills