Cafes And Restaurants For Dogs

How Many Cafes And Restaurants For Dogs In Melbourne?

Dogs are a part of millions of families worldwide, and in Melbourne, there are plenty of dog-friendly cafes where owners can bring their furry friends along. In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the best Melbourne has to offer in terms of dog-friendly cafes

From coffee hotspots to hidden gems, we've got you covered. So, whether you're a local or just visiting, be sure to check out some of these fabulous spots with your pup!

Are you a tourist in Melbourne and looking for a great place to have breakfast or coffee with your dog by your side? Look no further because we've compiled a list of the best cafes in Melbourne that are both dog-friendly and serve up some delicious food! 

Whether you're looking for somewhere to take your furry friend for a quick snack or somewhere to have a relaxing meal, we've got you covered. So read on and check out our top picks for dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne!

Pawsome Cafes In Melbourne For You And Your Pet

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to source places where it’s socially acceptable to bring your pet iguana to brunch or goldfish to tea. However, there is still hope for dog lovers out there who can’t spend a meal apart from their beloved pooch.

Leave your water bowls and kennels behind because here are places in Melbourne where both you and your four-legged best friend can have and are in for a treat!

Argos Loves Company

With a huge print of a puppy running up on the wall as the main centrepiece and plenty of another dog-inspired décor to surround, Argos Loves Company screams, ‘bring your pet here!’

Argos stems from Greek mythology and is the name of Ulysses' dog that waits for his owner for 20 years while he goes to war. Going by the theme, this café offers dog-friendly brunching where each table has a water bowl, and you can also ‘order’ a chew toy or treat for your pup!

The café is also RSPCA approved to encourage patrons to make the right choices in the best interest of animals when purchasing products.

Big, small, fluffy or furry, Argos Loves Company will make your pet feel right at home.

Address: 149 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Flying Duck Hotel

For those pet owners looking to find some new friends (or maybe even ‘the one’) but feel too uncomfortable going out to social events by themselves, the Flying Duck Hotel hosts ‘Mad Dog Mondays’, encouraging individuals to bring along their pup for a night out at the bar!

There are plenty of chew toys, treats, and water bowls available at the establishment. Plus, with other dogs around, you can be ensured that your furry companion is always kept entertained whilst you mingle away and make some new friends!

Address: 7 Bendigo St, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia

Pony Café

Don’t have a backyard for your pet to run around? – No problem.

The Pony Café is located along the Yarra River and is conveniently surrounded by an abundance of pet-appropriate-grassy-hilly fun!

Put some sunscreen and a hat on as you enjoy the sunshine with a coffee and watch your pup run around to their heart's content.

There are also many running tracks nearby that lead to the café and are all equipped with dog litter bags and bins for your convenience. So, if you’re feeling like a bit of exercise or stroll before sitting down for a meal or coffee, this is your opportunity!

Address: Batman Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Mixed Business

Like Argos Loves Company, Mixed Business welcomes pups of all walks of life. However, dog-friendly seating is only allowed outside on their patio, where you’ll also find water bowls dotted around.

Other than that, this is a cute suburban café where you can get a hearty breakfast with your four-legged best friend by your side.

Address: 486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068, Australia

The Farm Café

Now, because the word ‘Farm’ is present, it entails that pets are allowed at this cute little café, right? – well, yes, you’re right.

The Farm Café is nestled in the heart of the Collingwood Children’s Farm and is surrounded by farm-life of all kinds that will surely bring the inner sheepdog out of your pup.

Albeit a little busy and crowded over the weekends, this is a great place with ample space for dogs to run around and for owners to indulge in a hearty breakfast. There’s also a bike/jogging path that leads to the café, so if you live in the vicinity, ditch the car and take your pup out for some fresh air.

Address: 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia

Grub St Food Van

If you happen to be companion-less one weekend but wish to visit this #hipster venue with open-air ping pong tables and good food, fear not because the little doghouse that greets patrons at the entrance means that the venue is perfectly dog friendly – and when does a man’s best friend ever turn down an offer to get out and about?

The area is spacious and perfect for getting your daily intake of Vitamin D. Your pup will also be happy to know that they will be able to find plenty of other friendly furries wondering about or just lazing underneath tables.

Lots of water bowls can be found around the area so that pets are always well hydrated.

Address: 87-89 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Dark Horse on the Brit

Previously known as the Little Jade Dog Café, this dog-friendly café offers doggy treats that can be ordered off the menu and has ample outdoor dining, making this venue a perfect place to bring your dog.

This café serves up good and hearty organic food, so whether sweet or savoury, you’ll know that whatever you put into your mouth hasn’t been chemically harmed.

The location is also close to Mullum Creek, so owners can take their dogs on a walk after their meals if they so, please.

Address: 22 Britannia Mall, Mitcham VIC 3132, Australia

Emeu Inn & Restaurant

If you’re looking for a little weekend getaway or maybe a romantic dinner but can’t bear to leave your pet behind, we suggest paying the Emu Inn a visit as the establishment is completely dog friendly, even providing accommodation for your little pup if you plan on staying the night.

There are also two resident dogs, so you can rest assured that your dog has friends to run around with. In addition, the Inn has a fully fenced backyard along with a dog café where you can sit and watch over your pet as they run around like no tomorrow.

All in all, a perfect getaway or mini trip to take with your pet!

Address: 187 High St, Heathcote VIC 3523, Australia

Madame Brussels

If your pup is a rooftop bar kind of dog, then we suggest that the both of you take a trip to Madame Brussels ASAP.

This bright and airy space is the perfect place to chill out with some fancy drinks or an afternoon of high tea, and the meters of astroturf beg to be rolled on by your furry partner in crime.

In addition, you won’t be the only one sippin’ on drinks because Madame Brussels has conveniently placed water bowls around the premises so that your puppy is always hydrated!

Address: 3, 59 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

My Dog Café

Beach, breakfast and possibly a lot of barking, My Dog Café is a beautiful spot situated right next to the ocean and is the perfect place for you and your pup to spend some quality time.

It’s here where your pup can live a life of luxury – sunbaking, drinking water from a fountain, lazing around on fluffy beds (that you might even consider fighting them for) and eating meals that may soon see them turning their nose up at you when you buy canned dog food from the store.

My Dog Café has a separate menu for dogs, serving up luxurious meals like the Veal Bolognaise and Beef Cheek, and is all adorably carved onto a mini menu stand, a convenient height for your four-legged friend to read.

However, if your pet isn’t too hungry, there are plenty of dog treats available and ample space for them to lounge around as there are dog beds dotted all around the café, and owners can treat themselves to a nice breakfast or muffin while their pooches mingle away.

Address: 42A Albert St, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia

Cafes And Restaurants For Dogs

The Best Dog Cafes In Melbourne & Victoria

Picture your dream date. A hot, perfectly brewed cappuccino. A beautiful sunny day in Melbourne. A slice of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mousse cake. You look across the table and see the deep brown eyes of your gorgeous …. furry….date!

Ah, perfection.

In all seriousness, there’s nothing quite as fantastic as an awesome day out with your dog. And just as you enjoy your human treats, your doggo does too. And they deserve a special occasion. 

So if you’re looking for the perfect cappuccino-pairing for you and your dog, don’t go barking up the wrong tree. We’ve done the leg-work for you….. Here are the best cafes for dogs in Melbourne and Victoria.

Miss Drew’s Bakery – Tyabb

  • Hours: Fri 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, Sat & Sun 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Address: 14 Mornington Tyabb Rd, Tyabb
  • Find them on Facebook & Instagram 
  • Highlights: Dog treats, custom dog cakes, gift shop.

It’s on-leash only in the surrounding area, but there’s a penned-in area, so if it’s quiet, your dog may be able to enjoy their treat in there. Drinks and snacks for the humans are available just across the way at the Rattling Red Cafe.

Paws Up Cafe – Balwyn

  • Hours: Wed – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat & Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Address: 306 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
  • Find them on Facebook & Instagram
  • Highlights: Pet Stylists, Doggie treats, Human treats, Day Care

Paws Up Cafe is a new doggo cafe on the scenes with food and treats for dogs and humans alike! On their menu for peeps, you’ll find your brekkie favourites (all-day), salads, pasta and an extensive list of drinks. For the furry ones, there are drinks, hot food and deserts!

Doghouse Dog Cafe – Collingwood

  • Hours: Wed – Fri 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Sat & Sun 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Address: 195 Johnston St, Collingwood
  • Find them on Facebook & Instagram 
  • Highlights: Dog birthday parties, Raw dog food, Shop with Dog Gear

The Doghouse is perfectly set up for doggy diners. There are individual penned areas where you can sit with just your dog, and there’s an open area for parties or social dogs. All the dog treats and the dogachinos are made fresh and on-site.

The GAP Cafe – West Melbourne

  • Hours: Mon – Fri 09:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Address: 477 King Street, West Melbourne
  • Find them on: Facebook & Instagram 
  • Highlights: Doggie treats, Adopt-a-greyhound program, merchandise for greyhounds

At the Gap Cafe, there’s a selection of food for humans and dogs! And it’s not just for greyhounds – all breeds are welcome to relax. Greyhounds, however, will typically be present on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Dog Cafe – Boronia

  • Hours: Wed – Fri 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Sat & Sun 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Address: Rear of 120 Boronia Road, Boronia
  • Find them on: Facebook & Instagram
  • Highlights: Dog birthday parties, Doggie treats, Human treats

As well as tables around the garden area, the Dog Cafe has an undercover area in a shipping container – perfect for one of those not-so-great weatherwise days that we have in Melbourne! And we had this area just to ourselves on our visit. There’s also a sandpit and a ball pit in their off-leash area.

Pure Paws Dog Bakery – Newtown, Geelong

  • Hours: Thurs – Fri 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Address: 406 Pakington Street Newtown, Geelong
  • Find them on: Facebook & Instagram
  • Highlights: Gourmet dog treats, Dog birthday cakes, Cat treats

What’s something many of us love as much as our dogs (well, nearly!)…..chocolate! Gourmet pet chocolate has to be the eye-catcher here! Now your dog can enjoy the fun too! And for the puppy with a birthday approaching, their cakes are fest for doggo eyes!

Wally’s Dog Cafe – Central Victoria (Mobile)

  • Hours: Variable
  • Address: Variable
  • Find them on: Facebook & Instagram
  • Highlights: Pupcakes, Dog beer, Human Coffee

Wally’s is a purpose-built dog café that’s mobile to celebrate, spoil and show off your furry best mate. Your dogs are sure to love their grazing boxes! Also on the doggo menu is dog beer, dog lamingtons and dog doughnuts! But it wouldn’t be complete without cupcakes and puppachinos! Check their socials to see where they will be popping up, or hire them to come to your party!

And lastly, one for the cat lovers:

Cat Cafe – Melbourne

  • Hours: Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat & Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Address: 30 Guildford Lane, Melbourne
  • Find them on: Facebook & Instagram
  • Highlights: Cat lounge, Merchandise area, Food & drinks

This isn’t a cafe that you visit with your cats but a social experience where you dine with the company of the venue's friendly cats! You need to book ahead for this one! The day we went to head there, we couldn’t visit because there wasn’t a time spot available. No children under the age of 8 are permitted.

Cafes And Restaurants For Dogs

Every Dog Has Their Latte

Before we sniff out the best spots for you and… well, Spot (😉), here are a few thoughts as to why you’ll love heading out to one of Melbourne’s fabulous dog cafes:

  • Fun — This one’s fairly obvious. These Melbourne dog cafes give you a chance for a doggo date, and what’s better than having your best friend by your side. But it’s also tremendous fun for your dog. All the new sights, places, smells, fellow furry friends and, of course, treats just for them bring oodles of doggy delight!
  • Inclusivity — I never love heading out with Keiko and Summer at the door, watching me leave. In their doggy hearts, they think I’m out on a big adventure or an awesome walk without them! That’s why I love taking them to a place where they are not only allowed but also celebrated. Including the furry kiddos brings us all such delight.n
  • Socialisation — It’s always great to give our dogs every chance we can for them to mingle with other puppies. Something we often forget about these outings is that they also give us the chance to meet new people and make new fur-ever friends with like-minded people.
  • Something New — There’s a certain wonder I get whenever I experience something new. It’s like finding a treasure you didn’t know you had lost. The dog cafes in Melbourne and beyond gives you a great chance to discover something new and exciting with your pup. You could even think of it as a bucket list activity for your dog!

Tips for Training a Cafe Friendly Dog

If you’re planning to take your dog out to one of the dog cafes in Melbourne, it’s a good idea to start teaching them some table manners. This will make the experience so much more enjoyable for you, your puppy, and the people around you.

Here’s what you can do to prepare your dog beforehand:

  • Start your dog young, so they learn to be calm around many people, other dogs and distractions.
  • Walk your dog beforehand to get rid of excess energy (and take care of any ‘wee’ little needs on the grass.
  • Bring along a favourite toy to keep your dog occupied, especially if they’re young and will be looking to play.
  • Make sure your dog is comfortable. Be especially aware of the temperature. Make sure they’re not too hot in the sun or that they’re not lying on a cold or uncomfortable surface.
  • Find a spot away from foot traffic so your dog won’t get tripped over or get in the way of chairs being pushed back.
  • Reward good behaviour by praising your dog. Remember to pay them some attention when they are quiet and well-mannered. If you only respond when they misbehave, they may associate bad behaviour with getting attention.

FAQs About Melbourne Cafes & Restaurants

Working guide dogs and their users are allowed entry to any public area used by customers, such as • indoor or outdoor dining areas of a café or restaurant, • public bars • supermarkets • service areas of kiosks, fast food outlets etc.

Sit quietly on a chair with your dog on the lead and a blanket on the floor. Drop tiny bite-size treats to your dog as a reward for settling down on the blanket. Don't say anything to your dog while doing this. Gradually reward more relaxed behaviours.

Allow your pup ample time to relax and settle completely. Then you can reward them with attention, some calming rubs, or a special chew toy they can enjoy that encourages them to stay calm. Rewarding them at the right time in the right way will help them learn faster what acceptable behaviour is!

Yes! Even if your puppy has not finished their vaccination course, you can socialise them with vaccinated dogs. Just make sure the place you're mixing them is safe, where any other unvaccinated dogs won't have been–like your back garden, for example.

Pet dogs may be permitted, but only in outdoor dining areas not enclosed. If you enclose an outdoor open dining area, even for a short time (for example, if in winter you use café blinds and a retractable awning), then dogs are not allowed in it while it is enclosed.

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