Everyone loves a good sandwich and a person would be hard-pressed (no pun intended) to find someone who doesn't. Around the world, every country has its own beloved sandwich and while they might not all look the same, they're all equally as delicious and clever. Sandwiches made with local ingredients, inspired by local flavors, and combinations that have been passed down for centuries are all reasons to love what the world has to offer, stuffed between two pieces of bread.

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With that being said, not every sandwich even has bread - some are many with rolls while others are stuffed, and some are even battered and fried. There are no rules when it comes to sandwich society and this, alone, is why it's such a fascinating foodie route to travel down. Many of the world's best sandwiches, according to Taste Atlas, look different than what one might expect - and if you've tried more than half of these, you can probably consider yourself a sandwich connoisseur.


The first sandwich up is called an arepa and it comes from Venezuela. This sandwich is stuffed and doesn't look like the typical sandwich that many people expect to order for lunch but that doesn't mean it's any less tasty. The bread itself is made with cornmeal that comes from either pounding out corn or using precooked corn flour. Along with Venezuela, the arepa is also found in Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

Unlike many other sandwiches, the arepa is eaten any time of the day and can be filled with shredded beef, beans, cheese, onions, and even avocado. When eaten for breakfast, arepas are often served with dipping chocolate, which makes them even more decadent.

Submarine Sandwich

The submarine sandwich is an all-American creation that's called something different depending on where a person eats it in the U.S. Anything from a hoagie to a grinder is fair game even though they all mean the same thing. Most commonly, the submarine sandwich, called a sub for short, has a filling of several different types of meat, lettuce, tomato, onions, olive oil, and vinegar.

Most commonly, Italian meats are used although a blend of cold cuts, such as turkey, ham, and bologna can often be used to create the sandwich. No matter what it's filled with, the goal is always the same: to create a footlong sandwich that's packed to the brim with meat and veggies.

Bánh Mì

A traditional Vietnamese sandwich, the báhn mì has slowly made its way over to the U.S., which is where many people have tried it for the first time. A number of báhn mì-inspired dishes have been created in its honor but nothing is the same as eating it in Vietnam where it was first created.

The sandwich is always made with a baguette which is filled with spiced or marinated chicken (or sometimes beef), pickled vegetables, coriander, and chili. The sandwich has a nice kick to it with flavors from both China and France, making it one of the best in the world if not the best.


There are many theories about how the Reuben sandwich was made but regardless of its roots, it has since become one of the most popular sandwiches in the U.S. With specific flavors thanks to the Russian dressing that's used as its only condiment, it's one that's beloved by one state, in particular: New York.

Added to this already bold flavor are sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and corned beef, and it's almost always served on rye bread. The combination of all of these things makes for a deliciously mouth-watering sandwich, and it's not surprising it's one of the world's most beloved.


The Croque-Monsieur is a French sandwich that was said to have been created by accident, but the true story is still unknown. Regardless, the sandwich is probably one of the most specific on the list as it's not truly a croque-monsieur without the addition of Gruyere cheese.

This cheese then gets mixed with a bechamel sauce to create the creamy, slightly tangy, savory sauce that gets layered in the middle of two thick slices of bread with some ham. The sandwich is then fried in order to get the cheese to melt and to create that perfectly crisp, golden-brown exterior.


The torta comes to us from Mexico and while the ingredients in the sandwich are wholly Mexican, the bread used is quite different from the traditional tortillas that are seen throughout the country, making this sandwich especially unique.

Inside a bread roll, ingredients such as fried chicken or beef, roasted pork, or shredded beef are often used as the base of the sandwich. To that, spicy salsa, Oaxaca cheese, fresh coriander, and avocado are added, which makes the sandwich spicy, bright, and fresh.

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