By Kaia Wallis
From canine-friendly markets and pup-approved menus to doggy Instagram profiles and off-leash spaces – it’s fair to say South Australia is a state of dog lovers.
Our four-legged companions have made their way into our hearts, homes and lives, and with over 4.8 million dogs calling Australia home we have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world.
Leaving your pup at home can be tough, but there’s no reason to go barking mad this summer – SA is full of things to do. We’ve nailed down some of the best places to go with your dog in tow.
Where to brunch
Plant 4 Bowden
Where: 5 Third St, Bowden
Since opening its doors in 2016, Plant 4 Bowden has become a hub of activity with weekly markets on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The always dog friendly (outside) market hosts a range of great food vendors, visit dog treat makers Veggie Paws for pup-approved treats that will satisfy even the fussiest of canine tummies.
Where: 253 The Esplanade, Henley Beach
The team at Bacchus absolutely love dogs – there’s even an Instagram account showcasing the beachside café’s favourite four-legged visitors (@BarkAtBacchus).
Restless pups can hang out safely in the ‘Pooch Park’ which is full of toys, water bowls and spots to clip your pups leash to. While hungrier tummies can chow down on pupcakes from the doggy-dedicated K9 menu.
Where: Henley, Brighton and Semaphore
Beachside ice creamery Royal Copenhagen knows your pup wants an ice cold treat just as much as you do. Made especially for hot pooches, treat your pup to a frozen yoghurt treat with a dog biscuit on top – you’re almost guaranteed a funny picture of your pup trying to lick it up.
Where: 66 Leah St Forestville
With a designated pooch area and a menu that’s vego and vegan friendly – this Forestville café caters for everyone and is a great choice for Saturday morning catch-ups.
While you’re here, Cherry Darlings Bakehouse is just across the road and worth a pit-stop for some vegan friendly treats.
Where: 4/220 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate
Need a morning pick-me-up? FRED Eatery in the Adelaide Hills makes a mean brew for humans and a caffeine free latte for pups! Made with lactose-free milk and a sprinkle of turmeric, your pup will love this Doggy Latté.
Where to drink
Little Bang Brewing Company
Where: 8a Union Street, Stepney, until December 9, 2018. Then 25 Henry Street, Stepney from December 13, 2018.
Besides conjuring up some interesting beer names and flavours – we’re looking at you ‘Galactopus’ – the guys over at Little Bang Brewing want you to bring your dog.
The micro-brewery opened its doors to The Hare of the Dog Fair earlier this month, hosted an RSPCA Pats at the Pub event in 2016 and are always happy to see your pups – although we don’t recommend your doggo drinks the beer.
Note: Little Bang Brewing is in the midst of opening up a new (bigger!) brewing/bar experience. Doors will close on the Union Street location on December 9 and reopen at 25 Henry Street on December 13.
Alpha Box & Dice
Where: 8 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale
Besides embarking on an ambitious quest to create an Alphabet of Wine, with every letter represented by a different wine, this cellar door is also dog friendly! And while you won’t be sharing a wine with your four-legged pal, staff carry handmade dog biscuits for your pup to munch on.
Smiling Samoyed Brewery
Where: Hansen Street, Myponga
If you can’t tell by the name, Smiling Samoyed Brewery loves dogs – especially the fluffy, snow white breed that inspired the brewery’s name.
But while the brewery’s own two smiling samoyeds lead the pack, canine companions of all breeds are welcome to join the fun.
Where to play
Blackwood Forest Recreation Park
Where: Hawthorndene, Mount Lofty Ranges
Let your dog off-leash at Blackwood Forest Recreation Park, nestled within a pine forest in the Adelaide Hills. This dog-friendly hiking spot is certainly worth exploring and worth a few Instagram snaps.
North Adelaide Dog Park
Where: Robe Terrace, best parking via Medindie Rd
Built with all dogs in mind, the North Adelaide Dog Park has a section for both small and large dogs, so your pup is bound to have a ball no matter their size.
The fully-fenced park features agility obstacles, while lighting has recently been installed to keep evening playtime safe.
O’Sullivan Beach/Christies Beach
Where: Selway Terrace to Heather Street
While leashed pups are permitted at nearly all SA beaches throughout the year, few allow off-leash fun throughout daylight savings (October – April).
One of the popular exceptions is the stretch between O’Sullivans Beach and Christies Beach, here your canine pal will find over 1km of coastline to run on, swim in and enjoy – leashes be damned.
No matter where you play, it’s always crucial to keep a close eye on your four-legged pal. Dogs must be under effective control at all times when in off-leash areas and you must prevent your dog from disturbing other people or animals. Make sure to bring some doggie poo bags and clean up after your friend.
If we’ve missed your favourite doggy hangout, let us know on the Brand South Australia Facebook page.