For dog-owners in Sydney, it can be a hard feat trying to score a weekend brunch spot where your pup gets a big old warm welcome—and where “puppacinos” are a real menu item, for that matter. You need space, a park nearby, a “slobber-friendly” crowd and look, really, really good coffee because let’s be real, you’ve had paws sprinting over your bed covers since 4am.
Whether you're a pup parent in need of a directory of dog-friendly cafes so you can grab your coffee and breakfast with your four-legged friend in tow with no worries, or you’re just seriously looking to fulfil your weekly dog-pat quota, this list is for you.
Here are the best dog-friendly cafes in Sydney.
Tucked away in Erskineville is the fresh-as-anything Naked Brew cafe. The whole menu is an exciting food safari but for you, we suggest the “Not So Buddha Bowl”, a hectic mix of crackling pork belly, wood-smoked American bacon, fried egg, edamame, pickled carrots, cucumber, enoki mushrooms, sauteed kale, fried shallots and sweet soy sauce.
For your pooch, there are special dog treats in the shape of bones, doughnuts, mango ice-cream and goat milk puppacinos.
Porch & Parlour
Pitched on the north side of Bondi Beach, Porch & Parlour is the perfect spot for you and your doggo to soak up some sweet salty air, world-class views, potent coffee, fresh fare and even a sunset vino or two. Park yourselves on one of the outside tables and watch the world go by and the tide drift in and out.
As of 2020, Porch & Parlour has been serving Bondi's four-legged locals (and their parents) day to dusk for ten years. For brunch, you can still try their signature Green Pea Pancake with porched egg, whipped feta, house relish, avocado, zucchini, mint and snow pea leaf salad, but new items on the menu include a seared ocean trout fish burger and a coconut panna cotta with fresh fruits and granola.
Room 10 Espresso
This snug laneway cafe has a gritty, warehouse-chic vibe, serving delicious Modern Australian meals and coffee. Room 10 Espresso has plenty of outdoor seating so you can rest assured you’ll find some space for your human friends and dog friends. While you’re here, hit their epic chai and the stupid-delicious mushroom melt. Yes, it’s what dreams are made of.
Whether you’re hitting this seaside gem to cure a hangover or you’re in it for the big brunch vibes, Barzura is the place for you and your dog to be on a Sunday morning. Sit outside for maximum beach views and treat yourself to their iconic Bloody Mary (you can also order bellinis and mimosas) and then get stuck into the corn fritters loaded with smashed avocado, crispy bacon and tomato chutney.
After your feed, you can either take old mate for a stroll along the iconic coastal walk, or head past the life-saving club and to Trenerry Reserve for all the pup-friendly play space a pooch could ask for.
The owners at Dachshund Coffee are all about local ingredients, ethical and sustainably-sourced feeds and a “whole-food plant-based” diet, which means inclusive eating for vegans, vegetarians and hey, even those of you that enjoy an egg from time to time. The smashed avocado stack is by far their most famous dish, but if you’re here for lunch, you can’t skip out on the OG chicken katsu.
Cafe Bones is the most dog-friendly a dog-friendly cafe could get. She’s an outdoor coffee haunt churning out cups of the good stuff plus pet-friendly snacks right in the middle of an actual dog park (which means Fido can run free while you load up on all the caffeine). We can’t stress how much of a little dog paradise this beauty is, so whether you live around the area or want to treat your pup to the best Sunday ever, Cafe Bones is definitely a place you want to be hitting up regularly.
Formerly a hardware store, Store Espresso prides itself on organic produce, great coffee and modern Mediterranean-meets-Italian cuisine. With a large communal table for seating on the left of the café, and a few tables outside, your best bet is to set up on the sidewalk and order up a big plate of the fennel sausage slow-cooked in tomato sauce and topped with eggs and sourdough. Store Espresso also does a Golden Gaytime milkshake and we’re not saying you have to try it but… it’d be rude not to.
Petty Cash Cafe
Petty Cash Cafe brings a bit of retro flair to café dining in Marrickville. Nestled next to a park, this little cafe has no problems letting punters know that almost everything is homemade. From jams to relishes to sausage rolls and cakes, the talented guys behind this Inner West venture have it all covered. A whole heap of the menu is vegan too with vegan toasties, nachos and “cheeseburgers” being your main standouts.
COOH Bourke Road
Located in the industrial hub of Alexandria, this space is a large and light-filled cafe. You’ll want to head into COOH with your pup if you’re craving all the wholesome feasts (you’ll just have to make sure you stick to the verandah space). The lunch menu is where it’s at here and it runs until 3pm for anyone who’s a serial late-riser. Your go-to at COOH is the grilled salmon and soba noodle salad pummelled with pickled ginger, avocado, ponzu dressing coriander and mint.
The Grumpy Baker
You can rest assured that all The Grumpy Baker outposts in Vaucluse, Maroubra, Castle Cove, Bellevue Hill, Waverton, Neutral Bay and as of just recently, Coogee, are all dog-friendly spots to score a morning snack and coffee. Plus, the brains behind The Grumpy Baker love dogs so much, they even opened a dog-friendly escape packed with all the farm animals in the Blue Mountains.
This all-day breakfast joint is a mecca for dog parents across Sydney and, just quietly, it whips up some of the best omelettes in town (shout out to the roast pumpkin and goats cheese combo). You’ll find Uliveto on the iconic Bayswater strip with a spacious and leafy courtyard spread perfect for all the doggy-dining. Order up a bottle and commit to the mezze board equipped with a whole heap of halloumi, breads, pickled veggies and condiments.
Brew & I
The menu at Brew & I is concise and simple, so you can spend less time being indecisive about food and more time playing with your pooch. The drinks part of the menu means turmeric lattes, bone broth, coconut kaffir shots (for health), smoothies, hot chocolates and, of course, coffee. On the food-front, aptly titled “Eazy Eats”, you could easily work your way through all seven items but the juggernaut creation is the “Snoop Hoggy Hog” packed with pulled pork slow-cooked in-house for eight hours and served with probiotic sauerkraut, Lillie Q’s southern BBQ sauce and house-made mayo stuffed inside a brown sourdough roll.
Have more time? Hit up these epic dog-friendly walks across Sydney.
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