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An Expert Guide to the Best Sandwiches in San Francisco

From mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches to classic deli subs, San Francisco is home to some of the best sandwiches out there! We've put together a list of 10 of the best spots to get sandwiches across the city. These delicious sandwiches are perfect to enjoy at one of San Francisco's many parks or while strolling through one of the city's lovely neighborhoods.

1. Deli Board

This popular spot has so many amazing sandwiches to choose from! You can DIY or choose one from their menu which includes rotating daily specials. Pictured above is the Armando which features turkey, avocado, bacon, cheddar, sprouts, and their special Board sauce. The delicious sandwiches are on the higher side price-wise, but there’s a reason you always see a line at lunch time.

2. Arguello Market

Arguello Market is famous for their turkey sandwiches. Head up to the deli counter at this little grocery store for a cheap and tasty sandwich made from mouth-watering rotisserie turkey. The shop is located right by Golden Gate Park, so it’s the perfect place to pick up sandwiches for a beautiful picnic!

3. The Grind

The breakfast sandwich at this local coffee joint in the Lower Haight is SO BOMB! The breakfast sandwich is a house favorite, and you can get all the fixings on your choice of toast, an english muffin, or a croissant. Aside from breakfast sandwiches and burritos, they have all kinds of omelets, pancakes, French toast, and yummy coffee!

4. Lucca Delicatessen

Open since 1929, Lucca’s is a San Francisco classic! Today, the Marina spot is run by a brother and sister team and serves up all kinds of delicious sandwiches, such as the Americano pictured above. Pro tip: Order ahead online because they can get busy!

5. Bread n’ Chu

These Japanese crustless milk bread sandwiches are as yummy as they are picturesque. The golden truffle sandwich with fried tamago, black truffle, and gold paper is a must-try, and the creamy Japanese egg sandwich is also delicious!

6. Jane on Larkin

You may have seen this Tenderloin café’s beautiful flower wall before on Instagram. Jane on Larkin has all sorts of sandwiches and drinks, including the yummy egg-white and sriracha sandwich. Be sure to order a matcha latte with your sandwich! The coffee cups also have the cute flower design seen on the walls!

7. The Melt

This is the best place for a classic grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup, but it doesn’t end there… They also have all kinds of fancy grilled cheeses (think mac and cheese, cheddar, and bacon), burgers, and more! The Melt is seriously a cheese lover’s dream.

8. Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

The pictures cannot do these breakfast sandwiches from this cute little bakery in the Outer Sunset justice. I mean just look at that cheesy goodness. The biscuits themselves are amazing, and the pastries are also incredible, especially the coffee cake!

9. The Rotunda

For a fancier option, the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus has wonderful crab clubs and seared tuna sandwiches. Plus, they bring you popovers before your meal! It’s perfect for a day of shopping or exploring downtown. Be sure to book reservations in advance.

10. Dolores Park Cafe

One of the best things about this spot is that it’s right next to Dolores Park. At this organic café, you can pick up any kind of sandwich you want along with salads, smoothies, coffee, and more. Then go relax on the lawn, enjoying the sun and palm trees in the heart of the Mission!

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Curated by Pao team member Emily Davidson!

Pao username @emilyd

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Anna Zervos


Anna graduated from UCLA in 2017 where she studied psychology and cognitive science. Her passion for travel, design, and psychology fuel her passion for Pao. On the Pao team she is in charge of feature development, business strategy, UI/UX, and big picture marketing strategies. Anna has been to over 40 countries and plans to keep that number growing. She hopes to inspire people to get outside their comfort zones and eventually give back to people who aren’t able to.

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The 1975

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Psychological horror/thriller

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Antipaxos, Greece

Sara Zervos


Sara is has a PhD in Economics and spent 22 years in the finance industry managing teams and over $20bn in assets. She is Pao’s CFO and CTO, and also spearheads business development and AI initiatives. She has traveled to over 57 countries, adores animals and the outdoors. Sara loves to connect with people and help them learn and strive to be their best selves.

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