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The best sandwiches in Sydney

Forget the sad contents of your childhood lunch boxes – these winning combos are the best things since sliced bread
Sub sandwich at Saga Enmore
Photograph: Yael Stempler
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It may be one of the most simplest lunches but when you find a good sandwich, it’s worth shouting from the roof because a delicious one can make your day. The criteria is pretty simple: sliced bread with excellent, fresh fillings. We bypassed toasties (because that’s a whole other list) and bánh mì (they’re a league of their own) and stuck with the original version to bring you seven of the best in Sydney.

After hot sandwiches? Check out our guide to the best burgers in Sydney.

In the mood for a more formal lunch? Here's our guide to the best business lunches in Sydney.

The best sandwiches in Sydney

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Food at South Dowling Sandwhiches
Restaurants, Cafés

South Dowling Sandwiches

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

Order the: Chilli chicken on white
This warm lemongrass heavy Thai-style chicken is a top notch sandwich filling – the marinade on the chicken replaces a need for sauce, and white fluffy bread and lettuce pin things together nicely. Add a swipe of everything from the salad bar for $3 if you’re really hungry.

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Photograph: Oscar Colman
Restaurants

Brickfields

icon-location-pin Chippendale

Order the: Bacon and kale
This sambo veers into breakfast territory with countless slices of crispy bacon, tangled with shreds of kale. The salad is seasoned with loads of mayo, breaking down the usually tough greens, making it an excellent slaw. We’re also huge fans of the mushroom, jalapeño and cheese toastie here too.

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Sub sandwich at Saga Enmore
Photograph: Yael Stempler
Restaurants, Cafés

Saga

icon-location-pin Enmore

Order the: Alex B
Don't let someone film you eating this amazing sub that features a tender maize-and-herb crusted eggplant schnitzel, given extra saucy power with the combined forces of a parmesan custard and a classic tomato passata, plus basil for herbal freshness. The whole lot is then sealed together with a generous amount of melted mozzarella. 

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A roast beef sandwich with broth
Photograph: ELT
Restaurants, European

Continental Deli Bar Bistro CBD

icon-location-pin Sydney

Order the: French Dip
There's no filler. This is a sandwich constructed from the best bits in every category. The layers of roast beef strike the perfect balance between that rare, pink blush and edges of caramelised fat. The meat is uniformly tender and flavoursome and over the top they've melted just enough cheese to bind everything together. Even at this point it's juicy enough, but the bowl of pan juices for your to dip each bite into is what makes this unlike any other sandwich in town.

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Proper sandiwches
Photograph: Suppled
Bars, Pubs

The Dolphin

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

Order the: Go Getta Porchetta
Rounds of soft pork fill out this indulgent lunchtime banger sanger, with bits of sneaky crackling hiding in between the Brickfields bread. Bonus points for the side of crisps and the fact it comes wrapped and tied up like a gift – which is suitable considering it’s the perfect lunchtime treat for yourself.

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Shop and Wine Bar
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Bars, Wine bars

Shop and Wine Bar

icon-location-pin Bondi Beach

Order the: BLT
Choose between or white or brown bread here then get ready for your two-hand hunger-buster. The shreds of bacon are just crisp enough and piled high, contrasted with crunchy lettuce, creamy aioli and fresh toms.

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Rutland Street Sandwiches
Photograph: Supplied
Restaurants, Cafés

Rutland Street Sandwiches

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

Order the: Chicken schnitzel sandwich on brown bread
This classic combo combines crumbed chicken with extra carbs, with great results. The schnitty is juicy but not oily and has nice crisp edges. The savoury creamy mayo blends with just the right ratio of salad to bring you back from the brink of lunchtime overindulgence and the soft brown bread pins everything neatly in place.

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Poached eggs at Sean's Panaroma
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Cafés

The best breakfasts in Sydney

The great café breakfast has earned us global cred on the morning meal front, so if you're up for a leisurely start to the day, treat yourself to one of Sydney's best breakfasts. 

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