Incredible sandwich spots in Vancouver's West End

The West End is one of the most densely populated areas in North America and most people work only a short distance away from where they live, which makes it a sandwich haven for many. Here are several go-to sandwich spots you won’t want to miss.

Cardero Bottega

1016 Cardero St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2H1

Part specialty grocer, part New York-style deli, the Cardero Bottega has some of the best take out sandwiches in the city. Options range from an absolutely stellar hot Rueben to a number of takes on classic Italian deli sandwiches. Take the Fat Tony, which comes topped with prosciutto, salami, provolone and marinated peppers. If you’re looking to make your own at home, pick up some of their cured meats, cheeses and condiments from the grocery side.

Joe's Grill

948 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2M1

More than just a greasy spoon, Joe’s Grill is popular with locals looking for a good meal on a budget. While they may be famous for their all-day breakfast, Joe’s has amazing sandwiches for the lunch crowd, too. The menu ranges from diner classics like grilled cheeses or tuna melts to the Monte Cristo sandwich or a hearty pulled pork on a bun. All sandwiches come with fries or salad to round out your meal.

Baguette & Co

1102 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N1

What’s better than a sandwich made with freshly baked bread? Baked in house, Baguette and Co’s breads have a light, crispy crust and soft interior for the perfect sandwich. They keep the fillings simple and traditional here: roasted vegetables and brie or a spicy saucisson, for example. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, or perhaps a quick dessert, there is a selection of fresh pastries available here, as well.

Thunderbuddy Holding Corp

1068 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1M3

Despite the city’s reputation for active lifestyles, mountain air and delicious food, it’s surprising how few restaurants in the city cater to a healthy life on the go. The Dish is committed to serving healthy, wholesome food that makes its locals proud. Most of the sandwiches are made with whole grain bread, veggies and lean meats. Combined with greens or salads, it adds up to one of the best lunches in the neighbourhood.

Greenhorn Cafe

994 Nicola St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2C8

Named as an homage to the West End’s first land owners, The Greenhorn Englishmen, the Greenhorn Espresso Bar became an immediate hit in the neighbourhood when it first opened in January of 2014. Since then, word has spread throughout the city about the excellent coffee and off-the-hook sandwiches. Not only do they make one of the best grilled cheeses around, but their beef dip (made with braised short ribs) is nothing short of phenomenal. Definitely worth a visit.

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