Geneva heads the 2014 Club Sandwich Price Index

One popular theory is that the club sandwich was invented in an exclusive Santiago Springs, NY, gambling club in the late 19th century.

One popular theory is that the club sandwich was invented in an exclusive Santiago Springs, NY, gambling club in the late 19th century.

Geneva, Switzerland has retained the top spot as the most expensive city in the world to order a club sandwich, at an average of US$32.60, according to research released by

A club sandwich, also called a clubhouse sandwich, is a sandwich with toasted bread that is filled with chicken or turkey, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise. It is often cut into quarters and held together by hors d’oeuvre sticks. It frequently has two layers which are separated by an additional slice of bread.

Now in its third year, the Club Sandwich Index (CSI) reflects not only changes in the actual price of a club sandwich across the globe, but also the effect of currency fluctuations between cities.

The CSI average price is calculated from the real prices paid by guests for a club sandwich in 30 hotels in either the capital or an important tourist city in 28 countries surveyed, across five-, four- and three-star categories.

Gastronomic hub, Paris, France, held on to the number two spot globally with a new average of $29.36, followed by Helsinki, Finland  (previously number 11), which knocked Oslo, Sweden out of the top three with a price of $24.35.

For the second year in a row New York came in at number 13, however, the city was the most expensive amongst other U.S. cities surveyed, with an average of $17.99 for a club sandwich.

Club sandwich averages in other major U.S. cities include: San Francisco at $15.44; Washington, DC at $15.18; Los Angeles at $14.88; New Orleans at $13.54; Chicago at $13.38; Houston at $13.17; San Diego at $13; Las Vegas at $12.91; and Dallas at $12.06.

The least expensive U.S. city to order a club sandwich was Orlando, Florida at $10.68.

In Canada, Toronto was listed at number 21, with an average price of $14.05.

India’s capital city New Delhi remained the cheapest destination for a club sandwich, with an average of just $8.78, just below Mexico City pegged at an average price of $9.78.

Sydney, Australia experienced the greatest decrease in its club sandwich price, falling from $20.53 in 2013 to $16.93 in 2014.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport restaurant Globe@YVR offers its signature Smoked Turkey Club Sandwich—cranberry-sourdough bread with aged cheddar, caramelized bacon, grainy mustard, maple mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce and guacamole with a side of French fries—for CDN$21.


Top 10 club sandwich price ranking for 2014 (prices in US$)

Ranking                Country/City                               Average Price 

1                              Switzerland—Geneva                       $32.60  

2                              France—Paris                                       $29.36

3                              Finland—Helsinki                             $24.35

4                              Sweden—Stockholm                        $24.05

5                              Norway—Oslo                                       $23.80

6                              U.K.—London                                       $22.66

7                              Japan—Tokyo                                      $22.11

8                              Hong Kong                                              $21.26

9                              Italy—Rome                                           $21.24

10                           Denmark—Copenhagen                 $20.95