It's A Dog's Life | The Coast's Best Dog-Friendly Cafes

By Sally Coates
7th Mar 2016

There are certain places you probably shouldn’t take your dog: job interviews, dentist appointments, the airport, weddings, wine tastings, and so on.

Having said that, you probably would take them everywhere if you knew you wouldn’t get chased out by an angry receptionist with a broom. So, if you have a bit of trouble distinguishing where the line lies, read on for 10 of the best dog-friendly cafés on the Gold Coast and if anyone says anything, don’t tell them you read about it here.


Nobody quite understands the adoration you have for your pooch quite like fellow pooch-owners, so who better to open a pooch-friendly café than they! Cabukee is a must-see, regardless of your four-legged friend sitch, but if you do have your fur baby in tow you can be assured they’ll be taken care of. Cabukee features a massive outdoor area, complete with picturesque tables and umbrellas, plus doggy bowls and treats to keep them at bay while you eat! And speaking of eating, you can expect a mind-blowing menu including our three favourite words: all day breakfast.

Where: 3029 The Boulevard, Emerald Lakes

All-Time Coffee

Remember jaffles?? You put a sandwich in a toaster press, close it up like a savoury waffle maker forcing the cheese to ooze out the sides, and it’s like the most perfectly-toasted cheese sandwich you’ve ever had? Well, All-Time Coffee makes them! We’re kickin’ it old school guys, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. So now you can enjoy an expertly-made coffee and a sweet or savoury treat (read: vegan-friendly donuts!) while your best friend is not only permitted, but adored. Seriously, check out their Facebook page, it’s like half coffee shop half “cutest dogs on the Gold Coast” fan page. If you’ve got a cute dog, or want to see some, and you’ve got a hankering for a jaffle or two, we recommend visiting the guys at All-Time Coffee.

Where: 1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Raw Kitchen and Espresso

Um, can you say “Doggy Menu”?! Raw Kitchen and Espresso have a menu crafted specially for dogs, including gourmet chicken biscuits, kangaroo biscuits and a “Pup Shake”. Yep, that’s a shake for a pup! This is definitely the place you take your pal for those momentous occasions, like graduating puppy school, finally refraining from chasing the postie, and not eating the cat’s dinner! Puts a whole new spin on “Who’s a good boy?” It’ll definitely be a treat for you as well, though, we can promise you that.

Where: 7 Masthead Way, The Docks, Sanctuary Cove

Burleigh Social

Everyone is made to feel welcome at Burleigh Social and your furry friends are no exception. We know you’ve been dying to tuck into their signature eggs benny on a croissant or a refreshing super-food bowl or smoothie from their new Vital Bar. You can totally do this while dropping sneaky mouthfuls down to your four-legged friend as they lounge in the cool shade of communal picnic tables. Just watch they don’t make themselves too comfortable on the astro turf…

Where: 2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads

Le Vintage Boutique Café

You know how dogs are just so easily distracted and how they find anything and everything downright fascinating? Well, that’s how you’ll feel at Le Vintage. There’s so much to gaze at while in complete wonderment, from the kooky and colourful mismatched chairs to statement artwork and the glitzy and glorious chandeliers. Plus there’s Merlo coffee and a simple yet awesome menu at a bargain price. You can’t go wrong with the home-style chicken burger and when you’re full you can chuck your extra chips to your sidekick—they’ll love you forever for it!

Where: Corner Hinkler Drive and Goodman Close, Nerang

Parc-Bah Espresso

This is one place on the Gold Coast where your dog is not only allowed but treated like canine royalty—as they damn well should be! Parc-Bah Espresso is located adjacent to Southport’s doggy park and is central to many dog-focused business ventures such as a puppy school and groomers. Plus there may be more doggy patrons than humans, perhaps because they have ICE CREAM FOR DOGS! But having said that, Parc-Bah serve up some insane food for brekkie, lunch, and dinner, particularly their inventive tapas menu. We’re talking a range of golden, homemade savoury pastries that’ll have you saying “Oh dog yes!”

Where: Shop 4/5, 19 Alicia Street, Southport

Dune Café

This gorgeous spot is the ultimate family friendly café, and that includes your beloved pooch. Overlooking Currumbin Lagoon, Dune Café is situated in the perfect break spot while on leisurely stroll. While you and the kids are strolling, no doubt your dog is gallivanting around like a maniac which makes the doggy tie-up area perfect for your best mate to recharge the batteries with the other pooches, while you enjoy a well-deserved coffee and deliciously creative meal. We recommend the organic spelt blueberry pancakes!

Where: 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Bumbles Café

Bumbles are all about that pooch, with a full outdoor area overlooking the stunning canal so your pooch can sit and rest after your leisurely morning walk, while you enjoy a coffee and brekkie. The sweethearts at Bumbles Café will even supply your pooch with water and ample room to rest their weary legs—such a tough life they lead!

Where: 19 River Drive, Budds Beach

Genki Café

Located in beautiful Palm Beach, where dogs almost outnumber humans, it’s essential to lock in a go-to café where you and your pooch can hang. Genki Café have eight outdoor tables so your furry mate never needs to leave your sight, on top of a gorgeous fit-out and a simple but delicious menu.

Where: Corner 5th Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Elephant Rock Café

Elephant Rock Café is the second love of owner Greg, whose first love is—yep, you guessed it—animals! In another life Greg was a vet and so has managed to combine both his passions, with the longest running pet-friendly café on the Coast. Successfully operating for 26 years, Elephant Rock Café not only serves up consistent nourishment but also welcomes all pooches big and small. Although your big boys must hang on the outside, which is probably wise given they’ve the ability to snap up your whole meal in a single bite! With food that good, who can blame them?

Where: 776 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

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