Although according to Wikipedia “a sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein bread serves as a container or wrapper for another food type”, it is certain that there are thousands of variations of it all over the world. The sandwich was named after its supposed inventor, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, and The Wall Street Journal has described it as “Britain’s greatest contribution to gastronomy”.
In Athens, as in other European cities, the sandwich is a favourite snack for all hours of the day, whether it is made at home or bought from a shop. For many years sandwiches in Athens were mainly synonymous with the so-called “vromiko” (βρώμικο), which means dirty in Greek. These are sandwiches usually made from street canteens, often with low-quality materials (hence the nickname) and have been a favourite meal of those returning from night entertainment. But in recent years things have changed, and you can find a wide variety of sandwiches both in terms of quality and choice of ingredients.
In this article, we aspire to include all the places in Athens where you can eat really good sandwiches, and if we do not mention some places that are also popular it is because we think that they are not worthy to be included in this list.