The tastiest sandwiches in town

Seek out the spots with the best sandwiches in Barcelona.

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When you haven't got time for a full meal, or you fancy a picnic or just a quick bite while you sit outside and watch the world go by, here are the spots with the best sandwiches in Barcelona.

Sandwichez

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This small sandwich chain, set up by the ex-manager of the Vienna bar, serves hot and cold sandwiches made using good ingredients and lots of imagination. The most successful variety is the New Yorker, a pastrami delicacy that includes spinach, mustard and fried onions. The coffee is very good, and the milk is fresh from the farm. There are two other bars in the chain, at Amigó, 63 and Via Augusta, 117.

  1. 3, Capitán Arenas, 08034
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Panino Silvestre

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The fashion entrepreneur Gonzalo Comellas has reinvented himself as a sandwich entrepreneur. Panino Silvestre is a result of his stays in Milan: They serve real Italian sandwiches, just as they should be; hot outside and cold inside. The sausages are shipped in directly from Milan. You can try delicacies such as the porchetta (roast pork barbecued with honey) and tasty piadinas.

  1. 92, Major de Sarrià, 08017
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Bar Guixot

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A sandwich, a salad or a crepe for lunch or dinner. So far, nothing new. But for anyone who has never visited the Guixot, what awaits you is a ‘before’ and ‘after’ experience. The sandwiches here come in many different types and delicious combinations (try the Gòtic, which features chicken, avocado, eggplant, brie and mayonnaise). The same goes for the crepes and the salads. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is excellent.

  1. 8, Riereta, 08001
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El Santo del Born

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Two Argentinian cooks run this cute little place where the delicious meat stands out, especially in the sandwiches. You can find gourmet Argentinian sandwiches such as the milanesa (breaded beef), and the reinvention of classics like the incredible entraña (tender beef, tomato, mixed greens, and spicy Argentinian chimichurri sauce). You can even eat a fillet steak sandwich!

  1. Pescateria, 6
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Ikastola

If you walk down Carrer de la Perla and look into this snack bar, it is hard to imagine that behind all the bustle of tables, glasses of zurito and sandwiches lies a little haven of peace. The owners of Ikastola have set out chairs in the inside courtyard where you can have a quiet cigarette or drink before or after dinner. The opening hours are quite short, to avoid disturbing the neighbours, but if you do get a table, you’ll feel sorry for the other guests. It feels like at school – you’re having fun in the playground and they’re stuck inside.

  1. 22, Perla, 08012
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El Jabalí

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This deli bar, which is reminiscent of Parallel in its heyday, is a great place to eat wonderful tapas-try the patatas bravas, the chicken salad and the cured  sausage-while sipping on good wine. It’s also a nice place to sit on the terrace and do some serious people-watching.

  1. 15, Ronda Sant Pau, 08015
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Quimet d'Horta

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This corner bar has been around for so long that it has become a true institution in the Horta neighbourhood. Their sandwiches (especially the omelettes) are revered throughout the city.

  1. 10, Pl. Eivissa, 08032
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Louise Se Va (Cafè Bar)

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At Louise Se Va you can choose from sandwiches and salads with names of rock'n'roll legends that are just as tasty as they are cheap. It’s a young atmosphere and the waiters give you a warm welcome. A delight in three-four time.

  1. 11, Plaça d'Eivissa, 08031
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Sssh... no se lo digas a nadie

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Sandwiches, salads and home-baked cakes are the star products here

  1. 53, Torrijos, 08012
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Can Ros

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A traditional bodega that serves a mighty sit-down breakfast. Also famed for their excellent meatballs and plentiful capipota. Sandwiches that are simple but fabulous.

  1. 303, Roger de Flor, 08025
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Tarannà

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This, the most austere of the bars on Sant Antoni, offers a strict diet of good coffee, even better cakes and sandwiches, delicious creams and fruit juices.

  1. 23, Viladomat, 08015
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Sagàs

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The Rovira brothers, from the Michelin-starred farmhouse-restaurant Els Casals de Sagàs, have set up shop in Barcelona. Here they practice the noble art of the gourmet sandwich, stuffed with meats and vegetables that they produce on their farm in Bages. It’s worth trying such delicacies as their Chinese sandwich with bacon. Everything straight from the land, with no middlemen involved.

  1. 13, Pla de Palau, 08003
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Santa Burg

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One of the city’s venues that is committed to turning the humble hamburger into a quality dish that is healthy and, above all, delicious. They have a variety of burgers of their own creation, though whenever possible, these are tailored to the customer’s tastes. Don’t miss the Richard Burger, with onion confit, foie gras and egg. Xavier Pellicer, one of the owners, has helped to create the menu.

  1. 51, Vallespir, 08014
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Bar Sanz

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The Sanz is a neighbourhood bar that serves well-filled sandwiches with humorous names for €3-4, and which are heavy on the sausage, bacon, ham and cheese. Good Lord, what a find!

  1. 5, General Álvarez de Castro, 08003
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El Kiosko

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Brad Ainsworth, the chef who brought the gourmet burger to Barcelona with his tiny Bacoa, also opened El Kiosko, which is along the same lines but more spacious and comfortable and open onto the street. Try any of the delicious recipes with special chutney sauce, home-cooked fries and you’ll know what I mean.

  1. 1, Marquès de l'Argentera, 08003
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La Pepita

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You won’t find anyone called Pepita behind the counter or at the bar. But you will find Sofia and Andreu, the owners of a restaurant that has long opening hours: breakfast, snacks, lunch (special menus available at 8, 10 or 12€), snacks or à la carte dinners, where the star turns are the pepitas, inspired by the famous pepito pork cuts, though they offer some surprising combinations here. La Pepita is also a lounge bar with a predilection for gin & tonic (they’ll make you a half-measure for 4€) and their house vermouth, made up of gin, orange and soda.

  1. 343, Còrsega, 08037
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Fastvínic

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Sergi Meià, the factotum at Fastvínic, opened this gourmet sandwich premises next door "to pay honour to sandwiches", as well as to spread the philosophy of eco-gastronomy, of which is a staunch supporter. And he practices what he preaches: every ingredient is supplied by a local producer. Back to the land sandwiches.

  1. 251, Diputació, 08007
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La Bacardina (II)

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A branch of the eponymous restaurant-brasserie at Carrer Santa Amalia, 38. They also serve sandwiches and toast with novel combinations and names straight out of the movies.

  1. 11, Plaça de Bacardí, 08031
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