We just can’t resist some controversy, and after getting everyone riled up over our pizza roundup we’re opening another can of worms and letting you know just a few of our favourite spots for Perth’s favourite sandwich: the continental roll.
The Re Store
I mean, this goes without saying. The home of the continental roll, The Re Store sets the standard for the sandwich in Perth. And while there’ll be lunchtimes that we’ll be tempted by the pasta, or the soup, or the salads… we’ll always go back to the conti. Be still my heart.
72 Lake Street, Northbridge
231 Oxford Street, Leederville
Montello On Main
The Osborne Park industrial area crowd may just be the toughest task masters in town when it comes to the perfect conti roll, so when you see ’em gathering for lunch at Montello On Main you’ll understand why. They also serve some great summery salads and have a great many fresh food options yada yada yada… It’s the conti rolls we’re here for and Montello has got ’em on lock.
212 Main St, Osborne Park
With fresh new digs in Inglewood, you may have to get up early to enjoy one of these cult-favourite contis. These guys take their rolls seriously, with house-made panini and loaded with high quality ingredients, it’s no wonder their pop up (and now, new store!) caused such a fuss, selling out on the reg.
2/861 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
Growers Lane is a popular fresh food market in Subiaco, the deli inside is filled with continental goodness with chefs on hand who know their way around all the good stuff. Their modestly-sized grocer has plenty of delicious bits and pieces to go home with, and their conti rolls are, we are always pleasantly surprised, reasonably priced – especially for the quality on offer.
20-21/55 Salvado Road, Subiaco
Charlie’s Fresh Food Market
While Charlie’s might not quite have reached the local celebrity of the Re Store, it’s definitely an institution in its own right. Operating since 1967, the 1700 square metre market incorporates a grocer, deli, cafe, bakery, patisserie, greengrocer, butcher and liquor shop (to name just a few!). Head straight to the cafe for your continental roll – but after you’ve tucked into your roll, make sure to stop by Dolce and Salato for a sneaky cannoli for dessert.
497 Walter Road East, Morley (Corner Beechboro Road and Walter Road)
Head to the North Perth plaza for this hidden gem and glorious mediterranean meals await you! The lovely owners are always on deck, serving up hearty home-cooked meals with a smile. And while they do make a mean conti, their chicken schnitzel rolls are just about unbeatable around P-town.
Shop 5/391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
Galati and Sons
Freo locals (and those further afield) will be all too familiar with Galati and Sons. Stop by for their super-duper bargain fruit and veg that are almost unbelievably cheap – seriously, the sweet potatoes were 49 cents/kg the other weekend – and a similarly bargained continental roll. At $7.50, you’ll have enough spare change left over, you won’t be able to resist browsing through the well stocked grocery for your dinner as well.
19 Wray Avenue, Fremantle
Nestled inside awesome East Vic Park growers market Swansea Street Markets, Delissimo serve up some quality continental rolls, along with plenty of sweet treats if you’re feeling particularly naughty. The only trouble is the $10 eftpos minimum, but that just means you gotta treat yourself to a big boy conti roll, with plenty of extras. You deserve it!
176-178 Swansea St, East Vic Park
Angelo Street Market
Like many places on this list, Angelo Street Market (formerly Scutti) has long been a stalwart for Italian deli lovers of Perth. Established in 1988, their South Perth store just keeps going from strength to strength. After a snazzy new revamp, their roll game has just gone bonkers – not only is their conti an absolute contender, but their entire rotating selection of rolls is next-level. If you really want to be the hero, order one of their mammoth, 1.2m-long Contimental Rolls… It just has to be seen to be believed!
67 Angelo Street, South Perth (Corner Angelo Street and Coode Street)
Unlike many of the other delis we’ve mentioned, Passione is a much more cosy joint. Open since 2010, the star of the show is definitely on the deli counter, where you’ll see a mouth watering display of salumi, cheese, olives and more (I have a lot of feelings about the marinated octopus). With such a focus on produce, their offerings aren’t going to disappoint; with traditional continentals on golden, crunchy rolls, as well as some more New York-deli inspired options for those feeling a little more “oy vey” than “fuggedaboutit”.
Shop 1b Kingsley Shopping Centre, Kingsley (Corner Kingsley Drive and Creaney Drive)
Lo Presti and Son
First established in 1932, before moving to East Fremantle in 1964, Lo Presti and Son are some OGs when it comes to continental delis. You won’t be able to go past its charming, very Freo shopfront filled with wooden crates and olive oil cans. Not only do these guys do a ripper conti, but you can get it (and their antipasto trays!! I think that warrants an extra exclamation point…) delivered via UberEats.
170 Canning Highway, East Fremantle
After over 60 years in the biz, Princi’s know a thing or two about quality. The same approach that has made them one of Perth’s most sought-after butchers has been applied to their conti rolls, utilising their own house cured meats – which are served at some of Perth’s best eateries, by the way. Sandwiched between a Big Loaf baguette? You’re onto a winner!
258 Canning Highway, Bicton
Oh So Deli
We’ve been proponents of Oh So Deli’s delicious sandwiches since they first opened in 2021, but we’d been so tempted by the katsu, and the Reuben, and the meatball sub, that we just… Hadn’t quite gotten around to trying their conti! Embarrassing, we know – but this was quickly rectified with a taste as part of the Subi Spritz Conti Competition. It may look pretty straightforward, but this roll has some surprises up its sleeve: antipasti tapenade and slow roasted roma tomato sauce brings big flavour, mixed meats are provided by meat fiends Mondo, and their Loafers Artisan roll is the perfect mix of chewy, crispy and soft. An unexpected delight!
Shop 12, Woodlands Shopping Centre, 84 Rosewood Avenue, Woodlands
This North Fremantle providore has got. the. goods – from the glowing cabinets of salumi to the beautifully presented artisanal products – think locally made North Freo smoked sriracha, Handsome Devil pickles, or Furious Bee honey. And what better way to enjoy The Black Truffle’s gourmet goodies than in a classic conti roll?
Unit 1, 82 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle
Grocer and the Chef
The Grocer And The Chef have been steadily growing admirers since opening in 2020 – not just for their top-tier local produce, or their sparkling customer service, but also for their delicious deli goods. Chief amongst them is their conti roll – on a house-baked baguette, this bad boy is loaded up with cured meats and a healthy dose of artichoke.
115 Lefroy Road, Beaconsfield
The Panini Bar
It only takes one look at the Panini Bar’s freshly made rolls – overflowing with blushing cured meats and melanzane… A picture really says a thousand words. You will have to resist their other fresh rolls though, like that rather tantalising chilli chicken cutlet. You’ll just have to come back again tomorrow for that one!
127 Crimea Street, Morley
Cockburn’s Tony Ale is another classic of the conti genre. Some days you may want a high-falutin’, gourmet roll… And sometimes you want an unpretentious classic. This is absolutely that, albeit under a slightly different name. While you can get your hands on a very familiar three meat, cheese and salad roll for a temptingly low price, we reckon the Mediterranean roll is really where it’s at.
86 Hammond Road, Cockburn Central
The newest newbies on the block, Continental Co. have only been open a couple of months, but they’ve made a big impression already! The hole in the wall spot keeps things super simple with just a couple of options available to takeaway, but they manage to cover all the bases: a classic conti, an ajvar-laced veggie version, and a crumbed chicken cutlet to really mix things up.
225 Main Street, Osborne Park
Header image: Angelo Street Market