Craving a sandwich? Where to grab a bite in the Beaches

If simplicity is the foundation of sophistication, then few meals make it to the top of the list the way sandwiches do. You can add or subtract any toppings you want and still call it a sandwich – as long as there’s something holding the insides in.

Juice & Java Catering Inc

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2102 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1E2

Juice & Java has a relaxed atmosphere, complete with neat light fixtures and modern decor. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better sandwich-maker in the city. If you feel like altering something they have on the menu, substitute or subtract your own toppings and get it just the way you want. The tuna sandwich is a favourite with locals and goes well with any of their soups, coffees or smoothies. There’s also comfy seating and free Wi-Fi.

Oscar Coffee & Espresso

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2377 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1H2

While it’s technically true that anyone can make a sandwich at home, you’d have a hard time replicating the easygoing atmosphere, cool tunes, chill patio and front page-worthy coffee at Oscar’s. Plus, they’ve got free Wi-Fi, so you can chow down on your sandwich at your own pace while researching your next business move. Relax among the eclectic furnishings and monochromatic decor and think of a latte design to challenge the staff.

Zane Patisserie & Boulangerie

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1842 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 6T3

The whole point of going out to get a sandwich is to find someone who can make it well – and Zane Patisserie elevates the ordinary sandwich into the stratosphere. When you visit, you’ll get the work of a true artiste and the result is every bit as aesthetically pleasing as it is delicious. Their macarons and fruit tarts are incredibly popular and make an excellent dessert. Get a fresh-brewed coffee to go, too.

Cafe Naturalis

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2198 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1E7

This is one of the most under-the-radar favourites in the Beaches. Locals love it because it feels like their own cafe and sandwich shop and visitors feel like they’ve stumbled across one of the city’s rare gems. You can get your sandwich made on a bagel or bread – dark rye is a popular option – and chow down in style. For more demanding appetites, pair your sammy with a decadent chocolate brownie or vegetarian and gluten-free Moroccan curry soup.

Whitlock's Restaurant

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1961 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H7

The sandwiches at Whitlock's are drool-worthy. They pile each one sky-high with more toppings than you think can fit – such as pea meal bacon, five different cheeses, pulled pork or juicy Portobello mushrooms. And, if you’re really daring, you can order them all on the same sandwich. Each sammy comes with soup, salad or fries, with an additional option of sweet potato fries.

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