Pro: you love puppies, and have an insane amount of love to give to one of your very own. Con: You live in Sydney and pay too much rent for a tiny apartment.
And if, like us, you’re not quite in the right time of your life to get a furry friend, sometimes you have to stalk other people in order to fulfil your dog pat quota. Lucky for all the other dog lovers out there, we are seasoned experts in finding a cute canine to befriend while chowing down on breakfast, so here are the best brunch spots in Sydney to play with some dogs that may or may not be your own.
Newtown & Surry Hills
These guys not only welcome your fury mate with open arms, but they’ll also feed them delicious treats designed especially with your pup in mind. Think jars of treats while you wait for your coffee and puppaccinos with liver treats grated on top. We know, your dog is just extra enough for this one.
This Paddington institution is always heaving with puppers. And while you’re letting your dog live the luxe life here (or just patting other people’s dogs), you 100% need to order their raw seasonal green vegetable bowl for brekky.
Porch And Parlour
Combining food and coffee with art, music and people, Porch and Parlour is the perfect pitstop post beach stroll at Bondi. Whether you’re just passing by for a coffee or for brunch with your crew, Porch and Parlour has got you covered—honestly, if it’s good enough for Will Smith…
The Grounds Of Alexandria
You’re probably well-acquainted with this gem, but we’ll tell you all about it anyway. Everything about the place is stunning; the food, the drinks and their outdoor seating area which was designed for fab instas of your pup. Order the ground burger which is stacked with ground beef brisket, melted cheese, lettuce, dill cornichon and creamy mayo on a toasted brioche bun and crunchy bettered chips on the side.
Come here for the food and stay for the pups (you think we’re kidding but we’re really not). The crackling pork belly will have both you and your dog’s mouthwatering and there are also some little treats for your dog too like raspberry doggie doughnuts. Go on, you know they deserve it.
West Juliet Café
At West Juliet Café in Marrickville they are always happy for you to bring your fluffball down to hang. To satisfy your hanger pains, the menu is packed with a bunch of huge sandwiches and salads but really our favourite things here are the bigger-than-your-head cookies, baked in-house daily. Enough said.
Brew & I
If simple menus and genuinely lovely guys are your top two criteria in picking a café to tote your pooch too, then this one’s for you. The offering here is simple, but damn good. Your classic breakfasts have had a facelift, with the addition of light and fresh mushroom bruschetta with cashew cheese and medley tomatoes, and it’s as good as it sounds. Or just keep it clean with their smoothie bowl. Whatever you do though, grab a coffee or two while you’re there—they’re that good.
Just a step away from Manly Beach where quite literally every man and his dog on the northern beaches are out strolling errry weekend, is Beach Salt Café. They’ve got plenty of outdoor seating for doggies and frequent puppy visitors (if not for the food, visit the pups!). Definitely give the BHLAT wrap a go; it involves smoked bacon, rocket, smashed avo, tomato and a runny poached egg with a hash brown all rolled into one. Pure genius.
They had us at puns, and they’ll have us again at pugs. This delicious Erskineville café makes us drool with their famous coffee and creative breakfasts to boot. Grab a table outside and try not to lose your cool when a lovely Labrador comes up for a sniff. If you’re anything like us, your cool will be lost immediately and said Labrador may end up sharing your scrambled eggs. Worth it, if you ask us.
This northside café is a favourite among locals and people who generally enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch in a leafy courtyard. Majority of the seating is outdoors, so you know what that means: puppies. The wait staff at Laneway Café swear they know more dogs’ names than customers, but that’s not to say they won’t wow you with their stacked-high bacon and egg roll. When you do head there, keep an eye out for Jax, a local pooch that has made the café his hangout, so there is plenty of patting to be done!
The Grumpy Baker
When a café is a short walk from a dog-friendly oval, you can be sure it is prime position for dog patting. The Grumpy Baker has more freshly baked goods than you can throw a ball at, and plenty of perfectly groomed pooches hoping for a bite of your muffin. Keep an eye out for Alfie the Springer Spaniel, he’s probably the only reason we’d part with our delicious Grumpy crusts.
With a name like Dachshund Coffee, it’s pretty obvious this place is going to be more than a little welcoming of you and your four-legged friend. Not only is it a great place to hang with your pup, the food is some of our fave café fare in Sydney. Order the lentil health bowl made with lentils poached in OJ (yes, really) with mushrooms, quinoa herb tabbouleh, goat’s feta, seeds, sweet raisins, preserved lemon, pomegranate seeds and herb yoghurt. Oh, and add grilled chicken or smoked ocean trout because clearly there isn’t enough in here already. If that's all a bit much for you though, order the reformed avo.
If there’s a goldmine for happy hound, it’s a café that sits happily at the end of a well-known walking trail. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at the newest member of The Boathouse family at Shelly Beach. Plenty of locals walk their pooches down the path and plonk themselves down for a well-earned coffee while you make friends with their gorgeous mate.
‘Bone appetite’ is not just a saying at Café Bones, it’s a way of life. Established in March 2000, the dream was a meeting place for people and dogs alike. 16 years down the track and Café Bones has a reputable sample of coffee, tasty snacks and of course its own gourmet dog biscuits. Bring your fury friend down and enjoy a cappuccino for you and of course their famous Pupaccino for them. But don’t worry, they’ve got a Dogaccino for those doggies on a diet, with a lower fat content for the weight conscious. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and you only want to strut your best side at the dog park.
Tuckshop specialises in Cheesy burgers, beer-battered fish, Southern-fried chicken wings and malt milkshakes. This is the perfect food to share with your loved ones and by loved ones, we mean dogs. With a big open deck, the Tuckshop is 100% dog friendly and 200% awesome. This gives dog’s breakfast a whole new meaning, and its tasting pretty damn good.
Right on Camperdown Park, Store celebrates the dog lifestyle in style. What is better than table eating? The picnic blanket life, that’s what. Grab a blanket and head across to the park to set up camp for you and your canine friend. Whether you want sweet or savoury, Store Espresso has great coffee and everyday essentials. The poached eggs with roasted capsicum, tomato, Moroccan sausages, Israeli salad and halloumi is probably for dog owners, rather than dogs… but that’s fine. The puppies are too distracted playing anyway!
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Image credit: Brew & I | Caitlin Hicks, Dachshund Coffee | Claudia Shmueli, Jackies