You know the feeling when you’re getting ready to leave and your dog realises that he’s not coming along. It’s awful. No one wants to look at those sad puppy eyes when closing the front door behind you.
With an estimated 4.8 million pet dogs in Australia, dogs are the most common pet. We love them, but we all know that owning a dog in an Australian city can be difficult. There are many places in cities where dogs aren’t allowed, such as every indoor area of a food business.
The reason for that is the State Food Act, which outlines that live animals are not permitted in areas where food is handled. Business owners may decide to allow pet dogs in outdoor dining areas, but don’t have to. Exceptions apply for assistance animals, as they must be allowed in all areas open to customers.
So, long story short, if we speak of a dog-friendly business, it means that the business owner lets you bring your pet dogs to the outdoor dining area of his business. Even if a business is known to be very supportive and dog-friendly, allowing dogs indoors is not a legal option due to the State Food Act.
How can you find a dog-friendly business in Adelaide?
How can we know if a business is dog-friendly? It often requires a bit of research to find out, but it’s not too difficult.
- Check their Instagram
Dog-friendly businesses will often share pictures of their furry customers on their insta-feed along with a caption pointing out that they welcome dogs.
- Look for water bowls and treats by the checkout counter
If a business is dog-friendly, they will often have water bowls for dogs placed in their outdoor dining area. Many dog-friendly businesses also have dog treats by the counter which they sell or give out for free to their furry visitors.
Dog-Friendly Cafes in Adelaide
We’ve outlined 9 dog-friendly cafes in Adelaide to get you started. After all, what’s better than bringing your dog along for a coffee or brunch on the weekend? It’s the perfect activity to combine with a good long dog walk. Let’s get right into it.
Map of dog-friendly cafes in Adelaide
You can use the map below to find a dog-friendly cafe in Adelaide near you. Scroll down to learn more about the cafes.
Brighton Jetty Bakery in Brighton
Brighton Jetty Bakery in Brighton is the perfect spot for people-watching. Bring your best mate along to their dog-friendly outdoor area and enjoy one of their amazing pies or well-priced coffees.
Brighton Jetty Bakery is well known for its friendly customer service as well as their savouries and cakes.
They have a good selection of gluten-free and vegan offerings, as well as dog treats. Check out their @dogsofbjb Instagram for all their furry customers who love to come to visit too!
Fred Eatery in Aldgate (* PUPPUCCINO ALERT)
If you want to take spoiling your dog to the next level (let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to?), pop by Fred Eatery in Aldgate for a Doggy Latte, also known as Puppuccino.
This dog-friendly cafe does not fail to impress both human and canine visitors with their fantastic coffee and delicious food. With their lovely atmosphere and friendly staff, Fred Eatery is definitely worth a visit when you find yourself around Aldgate.
The Flying Fig in North Adelaide
In their own words: The NYC Jewish Deli has landed in North Adelaide. In our words: the Flying Fig is a foodie and dog lovers heaven.
Follow them on Instagram for a great feed of their well-presented dishes (trigger warning: you WILL get cravings) as well as their weekly features of the ‘Fig Dog of the Week’.
Peter Rabbit in Adelaide
If you and your dog ever find yourself in the city centre, make sure to check out Peter Rabbit on Hindley Street. It’s a bit hidden and has an amazing secret garden vibe. Their menu caters for everyone and includes plenty of meatless options. Dogs are always welcome in their garden.
Octeine Coffee in Kent Town (* PUPPUCCINO ALERT)
Spoil your dog with a Puppuccino at dog-friendly Octeine Coffee in Kent Town. This place is housed in a cool warehouse fit-out that’s shared with a functional gym.
The details of their coffee and method are outlined in their menu, so make sure to pop by soon for a top-notch coffee, we have a feeling that you won’t be disappointed.
Coffee Institute in Walkerville
If you’re into colourful and healthy dishes, the Coffee Institute in Walkerville is the place to go.
Whistle & Flute in Unley
Start with a bracing dog walk along the nearby park before you visit Whistle & Flute in Unley to unwind at their dog-friendly outdoor area. The cafe is known for its many furry visitors, as well as tasty food options and an extensive drinks menu.
Long Lost Friend in Magill
Long Lost Friend in Magill is a great place to visit in the lush eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Follow their Instagram @longlostfriendmagill for cheeky and cute pictures of their furry visitors. As for human visitors, Long Lost Friend has a superb brunch menu, so make sure to come hungry!
Cafe Komodo in Prospect
This dog-friendly cafe (check out their furry visitors at #dogsofkomodo) is the perfect place to take your dog for a great coffee, as well as lots of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from.
What’s your favourite dog-friendly cafe in Adelaide?
If you don’t feel like going out, spoil your dog at home with a Puppuccino: How to make a Puppuccino😋