They have their own Instagram accounts, doggy day care, and pup-approved menus: it’s fair to say Aussies are a nation of dog lovers.
With more than 24 million furry friends in the country, we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – so it’s only natural we want to bring our fur-ball family along to summer’s endless brunches, lunches, and coffee dates.
Lucky for our adorable plus ones, pet-friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs in Adelaide are booming. With that in mind we pulled together a list of 11 dog-friendly venues:
BACCHUS, HENLEY BEACH
As any local will tell you, Adelaide’s beaches are not only the perfect spot for dog walking (or dog watching for those of us sadly sans pup), and lo-fi beachfront bar Bacchus is a canine haven for your next pit-stop. With a special menu for dogs, Bacchus serves up “pupcakes” featuring pumpkin and homemade dog biscuits, and has a dedicated pooch area with toys, water bowls and leash clips, so the dogs can play while you watch the sunset over a glass of wine.
WHIPPED BAKE BAR CAFE, SEMAPHORE
Saunter down Semaphore’s high street and you’ll notice that Whipped is usually packed with local pets and their people. The pup-friendly cafe has water bowls for thirsty friends, and dogs are warmly encouraged to hang out in their spacious courtyard.
LAMB SPIT BBQ, SEMAPHORE
Still in Semaphore, this local yiros shop offers up a “doggie dinner” of plain lamb offcuts, so your canine companion can share the fun at mealtime.
BRIGHTON JETTY BAKERY, BRIGHTON
Beaches and dogs… we see a theme developing. This Brighton venue offers free house-made dog biscuits so you’re not the only one who gets to sample the bakery’s delicious baked goods.
ROYAL COPENHAGEN, SEMAPHORE, HENLEY BEACH, BRIGHTON
There’s always a line up at beachside ice creamery Royal Copenhagen for a very good reason: the deliciousness. The wait will whizz by in no time with a doggo in tow, and at the end of the line your BFF will be served an iced treat just made for hot pooches, with a special blend of natural frozen yoghurt, peanut butter, banana…and a dog biscuit on top.
FRED EATERY, ALDGATE
Hills hounds get the special treatment at Fred’s, with dog friendly surrounds, blankets for those chillier Adelaide Hills nights, free dog biscuits and even lactose-free lattes.
SUBLIME, CLARENCE PARK
Free Schmakos, bowls of meat offcuts for $2-3, plus grass mats: your mate will be happy. You will be happy. Win/win.
ALTER EGO & CO, GOODWOOD
Good times in Goodwood for humans and dogs alike, with the pup-friendly tapas bar and cafe serving up free homemade treats for your friend with four legs.
THE CURIOUS SQUIRE, NORTH ADELAIDE
It doesn’t get much more pup-approved than this. With a “Curious Paws” menu offering a Woof Burger, and well equipped dog spaces every day of the week, the North Adelaide pub also holds ‘Paws at the Pub’, a day out for you and your dog that raises funds for the RSPCA.
HARVEST CAFE, MYLOR
Half an hour from Adelaide, Harvest Mylor Cafe operates from a rustic renovated store in the main street of Mylor, and features fresh Adelaide Hills’ produce, great coffee, and pet-friendly surrounds. Perfect if you love a) coffee and b) your dog.
While technically not a venue, this free, family friendly community event is worth a shout out and a dog-whistle. Made for humans and their canine friends, it’s a music festival… but for dogs. With markets, live tunes and food, the event also helps raise money for RSPCA South Australia and the Animal Welfare League SA.
Wherever you and your pal head, make sure to follow good canine etiquette – as a general rule, dogs are only allowed in an outdoor area that isn’t enclosed, that’s accessible without needing to pass through any other enclosed area. Puppers need to stay on leashes, and can’t enter any food preparation or serving areas.
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