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16 Cafes That Allow Dogs & How to Prepare Your Pooch

Fact: Many dogs LOVE dates. So, if you’re considering bringing your four-legged best friend to a pet-friendly cafe, there’s no time like the present to dive into the world of doggo dates! Many dog-friendly cafes offer meals for you and options for your dog to enjoy, too. Others will treat your dog like royalty while you both enjoy a bit of quality time together. In this article, we’ll cover the most popular dog cafes throughout Australia and give you some pointers on prepping your puppa for the experience.

Top Dog-Friendly Cafe's in Australia

 A dog staring at his owner at a dog-friendly restaurant

Whether you’re on the west coast, east coast, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of cafes that will invite your dog in with open arms! We gathered some of the country’s favourite spots and gave you a taste of what to expect when you arrive.

Cafes that Cater to You and Your Dog


1. Dog House Dog Café

    If you want to make your dog’s day, this is where to take them to play. The Doghouse Dog Cafe has a wide variety of raw food entries on their dog menu, along with BARF, offal, bones, and they even have special pupcakes to celebrate those special doggy days. They have 50 loose treats (crocodile, beef, goat, lamb, and more) along with a variety of bagged treats and biscuits that your doggo is sure to love. And you can end your visit with a coffee for you and a dogachino for them.

    195 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066
    4.7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


    2. The Dog Café in Boronia

      A delicious bowl of food topped with cheese and bacon for your doggo and a pumpkin, feta and leek quiche for you. If those won’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other choices that will. Add a tea for you and a puppachino for your forever friend–the perfect way to start your day. This is a great place to celebrate your dog’s birthday, or if wedding bells are ringing for your four-legged friend, reserve a room for their wedding. Whether you want to celebrate a big bash or just have a cup and a donut for you and your pal, try the Dog Cafe where you can relax as your doggo has a tail wagging good time frolicking with the other dogs.

      120 Boronia Rd, Boronia VIC 3155
      4.7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


      3. Paw’s Up Café in Balwyn

        Great food for you and greater food for your doggo. They offer a wide variety of doggy drinks along with their own house-made food. You can also treat your furry friend to a fun day out–give them a relaxing shampoo and trim or have a “paw-d-cure.” Need a little time for yourself? Well, drop your doggo off for a luxurious doggy day care experience while you get your own things done.

        306 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103
        3.7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐


        4. Puppy Tail Cafe

          Located in Blackman Park, the Puppy Tail Cafe is a great place to go after you are done walking your forever friend or frolicking in the nearby dog park. You can treat your doggo to a puppycino and a puppy waffle as a reward for their exemplary behaviour, while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a freshly made sandwich from their varied menu.

          Lloyd Rees Drive, Lane Cove West, NSW 2066
          4.7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

          5. Cafe Bones

          Just as the name suggests, Cafe Bones is all about dogs! With Treats, Pupffins and Puppccinos your doggo menu sorted, now it comes down to choosing for yourself from their deliciously all day breakfast. Situated in the middle of a dog friendly park its the perfect location for a treat before or after your morning walk!

          Hawthorne Canal Reserve Hawthorne Canal Reserve, Leichhardt NSW 2040  
          4.7 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

          6. Union Kitchen

            Located the Mindarie Marina, you and your doggo can enjoy a beautiful view of the water while you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and your furry friend snacks on treats and drinks especially made for canines, which includes puppuccino, mutt shakes, K9 cookies, pupsicles, and a delicious dogs bark-fast. 

            1/33 Oceanfalls BLVD, Mindarie WA 6030 
            4.6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


            7. The Dogs Breakfast

            We cant make a lost of top dog cafes without mentioning The Dog's Breakfast cafe! Although it may not sound too appealing to us humans, they not only have treats for dogs, but delicious coffee, milkshakes and light meals including croissants, wraps and cakes! They even host pup parties for that special milestone you want to celebrate!

            15A Woollcott Ave, West Swan WA 6055
            4.2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


            8. Fare and Square

              If you are looking for a special place to dine, and want to make sure that your fur-baby is welcome too, check out Fare and Square. They have a varied breakfast and lunch menu along with drinks. For your doggo, there is an assortment of doggy drinks and canine cuisine that will tickle their taste buds, from the Beethoven Bolognese to the Scooby Doo Stew! Come here and bond with your doggo, and take home wonderful memories to share with family and friends.

              6-8 Wellington Square, North Adelaide South Australia 5006
              4.3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


              9. The Winey Cow

                So popular, this dog friendly cafe is now also located in Queensland! Both you and your furry friend will love stopping by for a snack or a meal. The extensive menu is guaranteed to have something that will tickle you and your doggo’s taste buds. Enjoy beer, wine, coffee, tea, smoothies and shakes while you both relax in their laid back atmosphere and enjoy their superior service.

                5-11 Woodroffe Avenue, Main Beach QLD 4217
                39A Main St, Mornington VIC 3931
                4.3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


                10. Frenchies Cafe

                As soon as you walk in to this bayside cafe you will notice the walls covered in dog polaroid's a sure sign that dogs are welcome here! The menu caters for all apetities and ages and also has its own "Woofers Menu" catering exclusively to beloved canine companions. Spoil your furry friends with a range of delightful treats including the woofachino, Ella-licious pancakes, Penny-nolta eggs, Bin sticks, and Frenchie fried rice.

                142 Bay Terrace Wynnum, Brisbane, QLD 4178
                4.6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


                11. Tarte Bakery

                If baked goods and freshly baked patisseries are your thing, then this is the best place in town for you and your doggo! Known for their pup favourite puppaccinos, they can enjoy their special treat while you either enjoy a light snack or devour their all day cafe menu!

                1748 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220 
                4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


                11. Frenchies Cafe

                As soon as you walk in to this bayside cafe you will notice the walls covered in dog polaroid's a sure sign that dogs are welcome here! The menu caters for all apetities and ages and also has its own "Woofers Menu" catering exclusively to beloved canine companions. Spoil your furry friends with a range of delightful treats including the woofachino, Ella-licious pancakes, Penny-nolta eggs, Bin sticks, and Frenchie fried rice.

                142 Bay Terrace Wynnum, Brisbane, QLD 4178
                4.6 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                12. Sisterhood

                Sisterhood has it all. A puppycino and a treat for your four-legged companion while you indulge in a delightful twist on either traditional breakfast, brunch, or lunch. With tempting delights such as apple crumble waffles, chili scrambled eggs, sourdough crumpets, and much more. Whether you're craving your morning caffeine fix or fancy a boozy start to your weekend, Sisterhood has you covered.

                4/48 King Street, Sandy Bay TAS 7005
                4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


                Cafes that Love Dogs Too 

                A white dog lying down at a cafe


                13. The Farm Cafe 

                  Located within the Collingwood Children’s Farm, the Farm Cafe takes you back in time to a simpler life. They feel that what is good for you should also be good for the planet. With a wide variety of breakfasts and lunches and plenty of room for you and your dog, you will enjoy a nice stroll and a delicious meal. Perfect for bonding with your furry baby.

                  18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067 
                  4.3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                  14. A Minor Place

                    Looking for an interesting place for breakfast or lunch? This might be the place. A nice selection of entries and drinks, and room outside for you and your doggo in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. And they will even bring them a water bowl of their own to quench their thirst. A great place to go when you and your dog just want to kick back and relax.

                    103 Albion Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056
                    4.3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                    15. The Tipsy Cow Malt & Vine Co. in Port Melbourne

                      Looking for a place to hang out with family or friends? Or a spot for you to enjoy the company of your furry friend? Give the Tipsy Cow a try. While they don’t have food or drinks for your doggo, they will be as welcome as human guests. Enjoy a nice meal along with a few drinks while you bond with your forever pal. If you want to celebrate your dog’s birthday, set the date and they will make sure that your fur-baby has a day that they will remember!

                      359 Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207 
                      4.3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                      16. The Nines Emporium

                      If you are a Sunshine Coast local, or maybe even a tourist you have surely heard of the extravagant meals The Nines are famous for. From their loaded shakes to their burgers, you need to come here ready on an empty stomach with an appetite! 

                      Shop 17A/100 Maroochydore Rd, Maroochydore, QLD 
                      4.3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


                      How to Prep Your Puppa for a Cafe

                      Three women eating with their dog at a cafe

                      Cafes and restaurants are a whole new world for many dogs. With all the new smells, sounds, people, and excitement–who can balance them? A trip to a pet-friendly cafe can also quickly become overwhelming for dog owners that don’t know what to expect. When getting your dog ready for their date, keep in mind how well your dog behaves around new people and new dogs. Here’s how to plan:

                        1. Scope out the cafe alone first, so you know what it’s like.
                        2. Take your dog a long walk before arriving. This allows them to use the bathroom and get some excess energy out.
                        3. Opt for a shorter lead–the closer your dog is to you, the more in control you can be.
                        4. If your dog tends to jump up and pull on-lead, you may want to ask for a table further away from others. 
                        5. Bring a collapsible water bowl and ask for water if needed.
                        6. Pack a few toys and treats to help keep your dog busy and to reward them for being on their best behaviour.
                        7. Make sure you have plenty of doggy bags incase the nerves take over

                        Remember to Keep Your Paws Off the Table

                        Dining out with your dog can truly be a blast. Not only will your dog feel like a su-paw star, but you will get to see your best friend in a whole new environment. Just remember to have fun, prepare accordingly, and treat your dog to a few bites of whatever you order.