Digging the dirt on Brisbane’s dog friendly cafes
Confession: my best friend doesn’t text me back. She barely even speaks to me, and takes up WAY more than her fair share of the couch.
But she does love tummy scratches and come the weekend, those big brown eyes staring back at me ensures I can’t leave her at home while heading out for a brunch-fix.
And I no longer have to – with bark-loads of dog friendly cafes popping up across Brisbane.
Miss Bliss Whole Foods Kitchen, West End
Wholefoods institution Miss Bliss dishes up goodies that nourish the soul. Next time you’re craving a smashed avo or healthy hotcakes, venture into the garden courtyard with your pup for a weekend brunch that’ll score you more points than a trip to the park.
Todd & Pup, Moorooka
If the name doesn’t give it away, the Lady & The Tramp inspired mural will. Todd & Pup is a top-notch spot to take your pooch, with an astro turfed deck, a dedicated dog menu, water bowls and plenty of treats for humans too. Your toughest decision will be choosing between the fried chicken benedict or sweet potato hash browns.
The New Black, Fortitude Valley
We don’t just love them because they do coffee flights (yes, flights). This brekkie hotspot tucked into Bakery Lane serves up killer insta-worthy dishes with an ever-rotating menu (see: cheeseburger benedict). AND you can bring your best mate.
Fitz & Potts, Nundah
The hippest of dogs will want an outing to the balcony of former Queenslander turned local watering hole, Fitz & Potts. The retro vibes are matched with an entirely plant based menu from bao to jaffles (with biscuits and ice cream available for Beethoven). Best yet, come the afternoon you can switch your espresso for an espresso martini.
Little Black Pug Café, Mount Gravatt
It’s a pug’s life at this suburban café, with pup-inspired treats for those with two legs as well as four. Sit down for a Dog’s Breakfast (smoked bacon, eggs, mushroom, haloumi and croissant) while your dog chooses from their own menu of puppycinos, dog biscuits and homemade meatballs.
Snag & Brown, Annerley
This cosy converted cottage has more than meets the eye – with a big backyard and fenced mini dog park so your pup can run and play off leash while you dine.
Hyde Away Cafe, Yeronga
The holy grail of cafes comes opposite a dog park in Yeronga, so your pup can work out before you work your way through Hyde Away’s next level brunch menu. There’s treats from Hugo’s Ice Creamery if he’s been a really good boy.
Pitch & Fork, Toowong
Run by the same team behind Brisbane brekky legends Corner Store Café, nearby Pitch & Fork dishes the goods for dog-toting folk, with a huge dining deck that faces out to the footy field. Did someone say fetch?
Mary Mae’s, New Farm
You’d be forgiven for mistaking our humble river for the Mississippi at this French Quarter-inspired riverside café. Bloody Mary in one hand, French toast in the other, and pooch by your feet (when you dine at the boardwalk tables). The perfect pet-stop after a stroll through New Farm Park and the Riverwalk – they’ve even been known to pop out a dog pool on those hot summer days.
Brown Dog Café, Woolloongabba
Another giveaway namesake, Brown Dog Cafe is a local institution – for slinging excellent coffee AND showering visiting doggos with love.
Mylk & Ko
Set on serving up food to meet all dietary needs – including your pup’s – Mylk + Ko is your go-to for acai bowls, smoothie bowls and dog ice cream bowls too.
If you prefer to spend your weekends browsing the farmer’s market, Jan Powers Markets and Milton Markets are happy for your furry friend to join you.
Well-behaved, on-leash dogs are also welcome at Brisbane’s Eat Street.
Need to fill your glass with something a little stronger than coffee?
Brisbane is booming with dog friendly bars that are definitely not to be barked at. Check out Suburban Social in Chapel Hill, Banyo’s All In Brewing, Range Brewing in Newstead, and Felon’s public lawn at Howard Smith Wharves.
Whoever said diamonds were a girl’s best friend clearly never had a dog.