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Europe’s Best Sandwiches

Martin Morrell Jambon and Cantal cheese sandwich

Photo: Jambon and Cantal cheese sandwich

Berlin | Kadewe

The Place

A veritable Disneyland of comestibles, the sixth floor of the KaDeWe department store showcases all the latest food trends and ingredients. At its 30-plus dining bars, one can taste anything from bratwurst to bouillabaisse, but the best among them might be the cool, nameless herring nook—it’s right next to the fish section—manned by a chef who constructs fanciful smoked-fish platters and Fischbrötchen (fish sandwiches) with the brio of a sushi maestro.

The Sandwich

Try the buttery matjes herring fillets packed into a big roll with a brittle crust and minimally accessorized with white onion, lettuce, and a tart pickle slice. T+L Tip Claim a window stool, order a glass of Riesling, and look out onto Berlin’s moody gray sky and the urban jumble below. 21–24 Tauentzienstrasse; 49-30/2121-2700; sandwiches for two $7.

London | St. John Bread & Wine

The Place

A casual offshoot of Fergus Henderson’s offal-centric St. John, this combination bakery, café, and wine shop, with spare white walls and wooden tables, is an olive’s toss from Spitalfields market.

The Sandwich

Can a lowly bacon butty be true to its greasy-spoon roots yet exalted?The answer is yes if, as here, it combines smoky slices of grilled Gloucestershire Old Spot bacon and a smear of house-made ketchup between cushiony slices of organic sandwich bread.

T+L Tip

Served strictly for breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m., the bacon sandwich is worth every minute of the lengthy commute to East London. 94–96 Commercial St.; 44-20/7251-0848; sandwiches for two $15.

Madrid | Paninoteca D’E

The Place

With a menu conceived by rock-star chef Sergi Arola, this mini-chain takes Spain’s beloved bocadillo into the 21st century. Decked out in sleek grays and metallics, the newest location, in the i of Salamanca, is popular with stylish young couples and matrons in Loewe scarves.

The Sandwich

It’s traumatic to have to choose between some two dozen themed creations on offer—not to mention the outrageously good Italo-Catalan cocapizzas with paper-thin crust—so conduct a contest between the poached quail egg, Camembert cream, and potato chips dressed with truffle oil inside a chapata roll and the airy mollete bun filled with foie gras pâté, chicory, and mango chutney.

T+L Tip

For dessert, select a tart filled with chocolate “caviar” from the adjacent bakery, run by celebrity pâtissier Paco Torreblanca, and it will be brought to your table. 12 Calle Juan Bravo; 34/91-577-1662; sandwiches for two $28.

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