Did you know that you can learn a little more about the different cities of the world through their sandwiches? It’s just as you read! Small and appetizing bites, some with a lot of history behind them, that conquer our palate from the start and can remain as a reminder of our trip. On this occasion, we will travel through 44 cities around the world and encounter 44 sandwiches that you will want to try at any time. Have you tried any of these?
Amsterdam: Amsterdam is a city of contrasts and we can also see this in its cuisine, where seafood is especially important. From the Dutch capital, we have the herring sandwich with pickled cucumber and onion. Good enough for seconds!
Athens: Gyros could be catalogued perfectly as the typical Greek sandwich and in Athens, of course, they are super popular. It can be made of cow, Lamb, or rolled pork and the bread is a pita. It is garnished with onion, tomato, chili, pitted olives (obviously), and yoghurt sauce.
Barcelona: It is something as simple as it is appetizing at any time. It is called a bikini sandwich and it is a hot sandwich where only ham and melted cheese. The perfect mix to satisfy yourself with just a couple. Promise!
Belgrade: The capital of Serbia has a real niche in meat sandwiches, but they can be filled with almost everything. You can try the tastiest with hamburger style beef, tomato, cheese, and chips, all inside!
Berlin: There is no doubt that the most famous sandwich in Berlin is the pastrami and also overwhelming in its filling. What’s more, the inside of the sandwich bread is usually smeared with mustard, giving it a fresh and original taste on the palate.
Bilbao. In Bilbao, the typical sandwich holds its greatest secret in the sauce that accompanies it, just as you heard it. York ham and lettuce are the main ingredients, but it also has red sauce and white sauce. The red one is a mixture of garlic, mustard, piquillo pepper, red pepper… and the white, just mayonnaise and milk. Almost nothing!
Bratislava. On our European sandwich route, we arrive in Bratislava. It is perhaps the city with least amount of tradition in this fast and economic delicacy, but it nevertheless draws attention to the constant use of pulled meat as a star ingredient in many sandwiches, and it is garnished with onion, tomato, and egg. You can find it on some menus.
Bruges. As you know, mussels are a typical product of Brussels, and you can even find them in their sandwich version, so don’t even think about it. It is a quick, rich, and fresh dish to eat while you get to know this fairy-tale city.
Budapest. Can you imagine trying the typical Hungarian goulash in a sandwich version? why not? Its ingredients are nothing strange to see in a tasty sandwich: beef, onion, tomato, paprika, and cumin.
Copenhagen. With centuries of tradition, Copenhagen gives us the smørrebrød—slices of rye bread smeared with butter with different chilled foods on top such as cold meats, pâtés, smoked or marinated fish, prawns, eggs, plus sauces, dill, and chives.
Corfu. In Greece, there are a thousand and one versions of kebab, and in Corfu there are no less. However, the most traditional is the same as always, with chicken or lamb cut into strips, tomato, onion, fresh cheese, and yoghurt sauce as well as spices.
Dublin. It is easy to prepare this delicious and fresh Dublin sandwich: pear, cheese, and bacon. Unbeatable.
Edinburgh. On our sandwich tour around Europe, we stop in Edinburgh with the pulled pork sandwich. It is prepared with pork cooked at a low temperature, and then cut into strips. It is garnished with barbecue sauce or honey.
Frankfurt. This time, we combine several typical elements of German cuisine: sausage sandwich, sauerkraut—made with curly leaf cabbage—and a mix of mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
Granada. With all the natural products that Granada has, how could we not also take advantage of them in sandwiches?! How about a very appetizing, tender, fried fava beans with Spanish ham? Indescribable!
Interlaken. Although it is easy to prepare, it is not always good, and the prepared sandwiches have given this traditional Swiss sandwich a bad name: chicken, lettuce, tomato, and spices. Sometimes the bread is dipped in cheese.
Istanbul. Apart from the kebabs, Turkey keeps a lot of surprises such as delicious fish sandwiches. One option is to put grilled or fried mackerel fillets with lettuce and onion between two pieces of soft bread.
Jerusalem. The sabich or sabih is a traditional sandwich served in pita bread and stuffed with fried aubergine, hard-boiled egg, and parsley. A bite both fresh and original—you will love it!
Lille. This city in northern France is particularly well-known for its cheeses. You will not have tried any better! It is important, therefore, that you choose a sandwich with one or several cheeses as the protagonist and without other elements that rob you of its prominence. Ham could be a perfect accompaniment.
Lisbon. Undoubtedly, the francesinha is the most important sandwich in Lisbon. Created in the 50s, it is made of cooked ham, mortadella, fresh sausage, grilled pork loin, beef fillet, and several layers of cheese. Almost nothing!
London. Very typical of the city, the essential London sandwich is normally made up of pickled vegetables, pan-fried meat, cheese, and pickles, with chicken or ham salad and mustard.
Madrid. There is no doubt that in Madrid, it’s the calamari sandwich and the pork cheek sandwich with cooked chanterelles, green beans, and melted cheese. Unbeatable! Do you know of it? What a discovery.
Malaga. We now move to the south of Spain, to the Costa del Sol, where the most famous sandwich of Malaga is called the Campero, and although its ingredients are basic, its combination is perfect: ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
Marseille. From Marseille, without a doubt, we have the Croque-monsieur or Croques-madame. An attractive sandwich with ham and Emmental or Gruyère cheese, heated on the grill or baked in the oven, and always topped with a fried egg. You will hallucinate with the first bite!
Milan. Milan does not have a big sandwich culture, as pizza is the protagonist there! But it is not unheard of to ask for a heavy Milanese sandwich or breaded meat, garnished with a sauce to soften the bite.
Munich. In Munich they could not leave out sausages from their sandwiches, far from it. It is Garnished with cabbage and tartar sauce with pickles and olives. It is an authentic sandwich from this part of Germany.
Naples. If we move to the heart of Italy, Naples never fails with its Milanese sandwich or the Neapolitan, which is the same Milanese but baked in the oven along with cheese and ham and bathed in sauce.
Nice. In the French Riviera, Nice plays an indispensable role and here it is very common to eat anchovies in sandwiches garnished with onions, green peppers, black olives, basil, anchovies, olive oil… delicious!
Paris. As in Marseille, the famous Croque-monsieur with ham and melted Emmental or Gruyère cheese with a fried egg at the base also predominates in Paris. Super juicy!
Porto. As with Paris and Marseille, Oporto also shares a star sandwich with its friend, Lisbon—la francesinha made with cooked ham, tender mortadella, fresh sausage, grilled pork loin, and lots of cheese.
Prague. When it comes to choosing a more-or-less common sandwich in Prague, things get complicated. On one hand, the pastrami sandwich is very popular, but also the ones with fried cheese and arugula. You decide!
Rhodes. Chicken sandwiches have become in high demand in Rhodes, and from this ingredient the varieties are endless. AN especially delicious one is garnished with peanuts, lettuce, and mayonnaise.
Rimini. Rimini opts for vegetable sandwiches full of freshness and smells. They take advantage of the richness of their gardens to surprise us with such natural proposals that end up conquering us.
Rome. What sandwich should you order in romantic Rome? Along with the classic paninis, Rome is also famous for its good sausage and its wide range of cheeses, so any mixture of these basic foods is a good choice.
Rotterdam. In Rotterdam, they offer an affordable solution and an option that everyone likes: the classic sandwich made of bread, eggs, mozzarella, tomatoes, and cheese. It is quite usual in their restaurants.
Salzburg. The Bosna is the traditional sandwich consisting of sausage, onions, and a mixture of tomato ketchup, mustard, and curry powder. The sausage is boiled before putting it in the bread.
Seville. You cannot leave Seville without trying its traditional Iberian ham, one of the best in the world, and yes, also in sandwich form, and why not? It is garnished with, for example, tomato, which gives a rich and interesting contrast.
Sorrento. Take advantage of your visit to Sorrento by trying the exquisite Italian sausage. A mix with this local product is undoubtedly the best decision to enjoy a quality sandwich.
Stockholm. We have moved to Stockholm, and in this cold but beautiful city we found the shrimp sandwich, or Räksmörgås, which includes a hard-boiled egg, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber, a romsås cream, dill, and roe.
Utrecht. Choose a simple but recurrent sandwich, anchovies with gherkin pickles, although in some places, the anchovies can be replaced with sardines, and even a hake fillet.
Valencia. Do not even think about asking for a paella sandwich because you will make the Valencians very angry! However, there is one typical to the city that you will love, called Almussafes. It is a juicy mixture of sobrasada, cheese, and onion. Unbeatable!
Vienna. In Vienna, the sausage is the quintessential king of the sandwich, like that of cooked ham with lettuce, mayonnaise, and cheese. It is easy to make and a safe bet for a quick and nutritious snack.
Warsaw. It would be difficult to decide on a sandwich in Poland as many of its culinary strengths are transformed into them: breaded fillets, pork knuckle, or Polish sausage sandwiches are not bad choices.
Zagreb. You will be surprised when traveling to Zagreb and find the sardine sandwich in some restaurants. Yes, yes, just as you heard. They barely add any garnish due to the already important taste of the sardine, although sometimes they add lettuce or tomato, for example.