As dog owners, we have all experienced that feeling of your canine friend not being fully welcomed by the café you’re brunching at. The shady side eyes and sly whispers from workers and customers are all things that we take note of but make an effort to turn a blind eye to. Well those days are starting to come to an end as our city is embracing the dog loving culture of Auckland.
In fact, were you aware that the City of Sails has the dog population of over 100,000?! It only makes sense that cafés start opening their arms to our furry friends. So, next time you go out for your morning coffee, don’t be shy to take your pup along to one of Auckland’s best dog friendly cafés.
Saturday mornings have never looked so good. Put on that comfy active wear and sit back and relax with a coffee to kick-start your day. There’s outdoor seating and Catroux even provide 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.
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.
City Works Depot
As the owners Clare and Joost of Odettes Eatery are dog lovers themselves, they don’t hold you back from bringing along your canine friend to your brunch date. The outside area of Odettes catches all the light and warmth which your pup will absolutely love while you devour the Odettes Complete with whipped feta.
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.
Café On Kohi
Soak in the calm blue ocean while sipping on coffee at Café On Kohi. 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 troughs (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.
Best Ugly Bagels
City Works Depot
Another City Works Depot gem, Best Ugly Bagels casual, hip and urban environment makes you feel comfortable about bringing your dog along for some quality eats. As the majority of their seating is outdoors, you won’t feel like your pet is holding you back from the full dining experience the eatery has to offer.
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. So kick back, enjoy the infamous Diz mushrooms in peace as your pup is having the time of their life.
Cornwall Park Café
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.
Geeks On Sainsbury
Geeks On Sainsbury isn’t only a favourite because of their infamous granola waffles and eggs benedict with crispy layers of agria potato, but also their spacious outdoor area and pet-friendly service. Whether you want a quick coffee stop or a long lunch, Geeks On Sainsbury are always welcoming you and your partner in crime.
Another Takapuna spot that looks after its pet-loving customers, Zomer offers plenty of dog bowls so your pup doesn’t ever get parched. We love its yellow and white beach house theme and definitely can’t go past their homemade empanadas and authentic alfajores.
The home of Auckland’s famous fluffy 20-minute pancake, Domain & AYR make the long wait go by a little faster by letting you bring your fluffy companion to keep you company. The Domain Big Breakfast is also pretty damn good so make sure to try these out as well.
Little & Friday
Little & Friday located in Belmont doesn’t just welcome dogs, the endless amount of water bowls and outdoor space which is larger than the indoor space seems like an implication of invitation for our furry friends. No wonder the pet-owners of Belmont consider this their fave café to go to on the weekends during their morning stroll.
The Garden Shed
Going from café by day to friendly bar at night, The Garden Shed also has outdoor seating—perfect for the dog-loving crowd. If you’re feeling extra nice, chuck a few pieces of the handmade meat patty from your Shed Burger to your canine friend as you’re going to need some help to finish this one.
Leigh Sawmill Café
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 Café. 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.
Look at them sitting there patiently while you enjoy brunch. How about taking them on one of Auckland's Best Walks as a reward?
Image credit: Tamara Bellis, Lydia Arnold, Kellie Blizzard, Odettes Eatery