Woof! Auckland’s Best Dog Friendly Cafes

By Marilynn McLachlan - 12 Mar 2016

Things changed in the office here at The Urban List with the arrival of Doug. The pride and joy of our marketing manager, Caylie, this French bulldog keeps us entertained with his snoring and play and has quickly established himself as an essential member of our team. He even has his own Instagram account; such is his grumpy-face cuteness.

Because of Doug, and in honour of all the other obsessed dog-lovers around Auckland, we’ve gone on a hunt to find the best dog-friendly cafes—you know, the ones where your furry friend will be welcomed and watered as you enjoy a meal.



Saturday mornings have never looked so good. Put on that comfy active wear (yes, it’s a thing and we’re happy it is) and sit back and relax with a coffee to kick-start your day. There’s outdoor seating and a water bowl to quench your pooch’s thirst. Satiated, take a five-minute stroll down to Cox’s Bay dog park and have a run around.

Dear Jervois

Herne Bay

With plenty of outdoor seating, metal legs to tie that leash to, a water bowl at the front door and delicious food to boot, you can’t go wrong at Dear Jervois. When you’re done, walk the northern slopes of Herne Bay to any of the little beaches for some exercise.

Ripe Deli

Grey Lynn

Get up bright and early for your caffeine fix while chomping on one of Ripe Deli’s savoury brioche’s (they’re gone by 10am—you’ve been warned) while your pooch laps from the water bowls on offer. It’s all served up in takeaway form, so if you prefer to be on the move, head five minutes down the road to Grey Lynn park.

Kohi Corner: Kohi Beach Café


Soak in the calm blue ocean while sipping on coffee at Kohi Corner’s Beach Café. Your furry little friend will be in dog heaven when you take them for a walk along Tamaki Drive afterwards.

Takapuna Beach Café


Right on the beach, the Takapuna Beach Café know how to look after their dog-loving guests. With three different dog troths (small, medium and tall) attached to the walls and plenty of outdoor seating it’s a dog haven.  Afterwards, head to the beach where there are dozens of dogs for your pooch to make friends with. Who knows, you might find a friend or two, too.



Grab a pozzie on one of Dizengoff’s outdoor seats and join the line of dogs who by now, are surely the best of friends. With cheery staff, delicious food and the coffee of your dreams, Dizengoff is a must-visit spot for peeps with dogs.

Cornwall Park Café

Cornwall Park

On any given day, Cornwall Park has hundreds of dogs roaming the rolling green hills, dragging their owners along for the fun.  When you’re ready for a rest, head to Cornwall Park Café for a bite to eat. The food is tops and the coffee roasted to perfection.



Another Takapuna spot that looks after its pet-loving customers, Zomer offers plenty of dog bowls—and even brought out a special water carafe for our dear Doug. We love its yellow and white beachy theme and can’t go past their crumbed eggs.

The Garden Shed

Mt Eden

An Urban List fave, The Garden Shed can do no wrong. Going from café by day to friendly bar at night, it also has outdoor seating—perfect for the dog-loving crowd.

Leigh Sawmill


Take that pooch for a day trip north, stopping by Whangateau or Omaha for a swim, then dry them off and head to Leigh Sawmill. Doug was very welcome and there is plenty of grass and umbrella shade outside.  There’s excellent service and we can’t go past the pizza. They also know their beer, so let them choose the ale to match your food.

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Image credit: The Beresford, (Urban List Sydney)

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