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Bread, Butter, and Beyond The Best Sandwiches in Adelaide

Bread, Butter, and Beyond: The Best Sandwiches in Adelaide

Forget the cliché, cardboard lunch options that make you sigh with each bite. We’re about to spill the beans on the Adelaide cafes and restos with the best sandwiches, from Carton Deli to The Flying Fig!

All the scrumptious specifics are ready and waiting in this article!

Hello Sarnie

Address: 99 Gawler Pl, Adelaide, SA 5000

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Fri – 7 am to 4 pm
  • Sat to Sun – Closed


Hello Sarnie is a sammie staple in Adelaide often praised for its garden-to-table local ingredients.

Their hearty and meaty BLT banger is a hand-crafted hit among fans, notably for health and time-conscious foodies. The soft buns pack streaky bacon, mixed lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, secret seasoning, and in-house mayo.

Our team’s favorite, though, is this joint’s classic ham and cheese sandwich, a multi-grain meal filled with double-smoked ham, mature cheddar, and a medley of spices. For coffee, they blend a perfect latte with locally roasted beans and milk from Adelaide Hills.

Hello Sarnie has other branches in Pirie St, Gawler Pl, Waymouth St, and in the SAHMRI building.

Take advantage of their catering options, especially if you need chow for a party or corporate meeting.

Bottega Bandito

Address: 1/96 Prospect Rd, Prospect, SA 5082

Operating Hours: Daily – 7 am to 5 pm


A favorite pit stop among flavor-seeking and hungry tourists and locals, Bottega Bandito is Prospect Rd’s top sando shop.

Always go with the top-sellers here, like their Sopresa with its kick of fermented chili mayo, the creaminess of fior di latte, the zing from pickled chili, and the richness of fried eggplant.

The tuna sando is also worth a whirl; its blend of chili and avocado enriches the already umami-filled notes of the sandwich. But diners not into meat should go for the Jerusalem artichoke sandwich heavy with rockets, peppers, and tomatoes.

Tip: Their online shop sells memorabilia like hoodies and beanies—perfect for those who want to dine in style.

Hermanos Cubanos

Address: 257 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach, SA 5022

Contact Details: 0422 018 033

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 3 pm to 8 pm
  • Fri to Sun – 11 am to 8 pm

Three things are assured when you dine at Hermanos Cubanos: heavenly sea views, warm sunshine, and flavorful sandwiches.

You can’t skip their Cubano sandwich, an ideal snack before you hit the beach. Mojo chicken with a zesty kick and pulled pork popping with fat fill the toasted buns, offering a mouthful of irresistible textures and flavors.

Then there’s the Reuben for those craving a salty, smoky, and creamy grub. It’s grilled and filled with corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut dressed up with Thousand Island.

Tip: Their operation depends on the season, and they’re typically closed during winter. Check their website or Instagram if they’re currently accepting orders or diners.

Just Down the Road

Address: 127 B26, Unley, SA 5061

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Fri – 7 am to 3 pm
  • Sat to Sun – Closed


Just Down the Road is one of Unley’s hippest and coolest cafes, surrounded by trees and ever-enveloped by the aroma of freshly brewed latte. However, the real show-stealers are their breakfast sangas.

Their subtly savory chicken sanga almost made us forget we were eating on a busy Monday. The sandwich is filled with avo and aioli-drenched chicken, while house-made dill mayo and bread and butter pickles add creamy and tangy notes.

Our team’s sausage lovers, though, preferred the cafe’s mortadella sandwich with herby pesto, vibrant tomatoes, and robust salami. The best part is you can adjust the ingredients of these sanga specialties if you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free diner!

Tip: See what their catering services offer. Book them for your next lunch or tea party.

Carton Deli

Address: 62 Pulteney St, Adelaide, SA 5000

Contact Details: (08) 6102 4872

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 7 am to 3 pm
  • Fri – 7 am to 2 pm
  • Sat – 8 am to 2 pm
  • Sun – Closed


Carton Deli is the bomb when you’re hunting for a refreshing and sun-soaked spot to snag some killer sandwiches.

We love their famous breakfast bocadillo, a fave of tourists, students, and workers. It’s not hard to see why, as this sammie bursts with tasty and filling ingredients, such as omelet, cheese, jamon serrano, and a zingy onion chili jam.

Vegetarians line up for their earthy and hearty mushroom katsu. Every mouthful bursts with crunchy lettuce and mushrooms, but the fiery and zesty tom yum mayo truly ties this plant-based palate-pleaser.

Tip: Securing a seat at Carton Deli during peak hours (11 am to 1 pm) is hard. Thankfully, you can have what you’re craving by ordering online.

The Flying Fig

Address: 161 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide, SA 5006

Contact Details: (08) 7226 1788

Operating Hours: 

  • Mon to Sat – 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Sun – 8 am to 3:30 pm


It’s hard to beat The Flying Fig’s freshness and flavor. This small rustic cafe shaded by figs only serves farm-to-table veggies, meat, and bread—must-haves for a proper sandwich.

Your first option is to go wild and build your own meal. You can mix and match poached, scrambled, or fried eggs with award-winning sourdough, rye bread, and tons of add-ons like bacon, lox, corned beef, pastrami, or even lamb.

Their lamb Reuben is the way to go if want a classic sammie. What this sandwich packs will make you salivate—slow-cooked lamb shoulder, grilled halloumi, house-made cabbage, kohlrabi (turnip cabbage), caraway sauerkraut, and Russian dressing.

Tip: Getting to this breakfast and brunch place a little early can help you get a table faster since it tends to get busy.


Address: 16 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA 5000

Contact Details: (08) 8323 6723

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 6:30 am to 10 pm
  • Fri – 6:30 pm to 11 pm
  • Sat – 7:30 am to 11 pm
  • Sun – 8:30 am to 9 pm


Whether you want a DIY sammie or a time-tested one, you can’t deny that Subway is an OG of the sandwich scene.

They have classics like the leg ham sandwich, pairing premium smoked leg ham with honey mustard dressing in two slices of mild and crisp Italian bread.

Adelaideans also love their chicken teriyaki sandwich, making it one of the most popular subs in town. The tender chicken breast strips are marinated in their signature teriyaki sauce and served with sweet onion dressing for that extra oomph.

Tip: If you’re going for their build-your-own option, experiment with different bread types to find your favorite match for specific fillings. For example, hearty wheat bread compliments roast beef, while Italian bread enhances classic cold cuts.

The Sandwich Hut

Address: Shop 43T Myer Center, 14-38 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000

Contact Details: (08) 8410 1059

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Thu – 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Fri – 9 am to 9 pm
  • Sat – 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sun – 11 am to 5 pm


With veteran market gardeners leading the way, The Sandwich Hut mastered the art of assembling fresh and locally sourced sandwiches.

Whether it’s the tongue-tingling chicken tandoori, the classic turkey club, or the smoky chicken caesar, their pre-made selections will satisfy your cravings.

We also can’t help but droll over their chicken avocado focaccia; its tender chicken, creamy avocado, cheese, and mayo are top-notch. But for gourmet lovers, the prosciutto roll with cos lettuce, dill gherkins, lemon mayo, and Swiss cheese takes the cake.

Tip: Aside from Myer Center, The Sandwich Hut has a branch in Shop FC15 of City Cross in Grenfell St. If going to either is too time-consuming, you can order via Uber Eats, Doordash, or Menulog.

Sandwich Chefs

Address: Shop SP023, Armada Arndale Shopping Centre, 470 Torrens Rd, Kilkenny, SA 5009

Contact Details: 0493 419 591

Operating Hours: 

  • Mon to Wed – 9 am to 5 pm
  • Thu – 9 am to 7 pm
  • Fri – 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sat – 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sun – 11 am to 3 pm


Sandwich Chefs is a time-tested franchise that excels in artisanal bread—crusty yet fluffy—and slow-roasted meats for 14 hours, resulting in juicy, crackly perfection. In addition, most of their products have lip-smacking gourmet flavors.

Their roast pork roll isn’t your average brunch, with succulent, slow-cooked pork generously coated with apple sauce and gravy—all tucked into a gourmet Laurent roll. Additionally, you can feast on the steak sandwich, rocking beef steak, caramelized onions, and greens.

Diners who dare to feast on more meat have to try their Cubano. You can have it toasted or fresh and loaded with pickles, aioli, slow-roast pork, and a thick and juicy layer of premium ham.

Tip: If you’re planning to be in the sandwich game, check the franchisee program of Sandwich Chefs.

Veloce Paninoteca

Address:  Marina Pier, shop 23 12Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg, SA 5045

Contact Details: (08) 8376 6313

Operating Hours: Daily – 6:30 am to 4 pm


Overlooking a vibrant marina, Veloce Paninoteca is where the view is just as satisfying as the food. They whip up a classic bacon and egg roll, slathered with tomato and BBQ sauce, a staple for a hearty morning bite.

You can also have the salmon bagel sammie, a mild blend of cream cheese, onion, and dill pickle—perfect for those looking for a seafood kick in their breakfast.

If brunch is what you came for, their eggs Benedict in sourdough is a winner, filled with ham, poached eggs, and bacon—all bathed in a rich and creamy hollandaise sauce. 

For drinks, they have options like the mango and banana smoothie or the mixed berry blend.

Tip: Reservations aren’t mandatory, but we suggest making them to guarantee a place. Veloce Paninoteca is in Marina Pier, a hotspot for tourists.

Exchange Coffee

Address: 12/18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide, SA 5000

Contact Details: 0415 966 225

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Fri – 7 am to 4 pm
  • Sat to Sun – 8 am to 4 pm


Exchange Coffee is a chill spot with towering windows, pastel walls, and modern decor that’ll give you artsy coffee shop vibes and aesthetics.

They’re slinging some exceptional sammie bites too, like the Sando #2. This is a powerhouse of focaccia, pastrami, BBQ sauce, provolone, pickled zucchini, and mustard cream cheese topped with rocket for that extra tanginess and heat.

The Wallace sandwich is also a flavor fiesta loaded with avocado, chipotle aioli, roasted peppers, tomato, and mojo verde, a herby and garlicky Spanish sauce. 

When it comes to drinks, espresso, and hot chocolate are the big hits here. 

Tip: Prepare around $20 to $40 if you want to dine and drink here.


Address: 17 Leigh St, Adelaide, SA 5000 

Contact Details: (08) 8366 2224

Operating Hours:

  • Mon to Wed – 5 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Thu to Sat – 12 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Sun – 12 pm to 10:30 pm


Shobosho is a hotspot serving Japanese yakitori and grilled sandwiches in a rustic-chic setup.

Their katsu sando brings the house down with crispy, juicy pork cutlets hugged by soft, pillowy bread. The earthy and spicy potato gem and golden curry egg sandwich is another must-try.

But if you have big bucks, opt for their Wagyu sando, packed with soft and grilled Wagyu steak fingers and crisp vegetables drizzled in a savory special sauce.

Tip: Dine during an event for perks like special menus and entertainment.


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