Dogs lounging beneath cafe tables while their owners sip coffee or enjoy breakfast is an increasingly familiar sight around Brisbane.
Here are some of the many cafes around town that welcome dogs with open paws.
If you’re not a dog owner, visit these cafes to score free pats from visiting pups.
You can tell dogs are welcome the moment you enter Brisbean Coffee. Outdoor tables are surrounded by water bowls and the walls of the indoor dining area are adorned with photos of the cafe’s four-legged customers. Treat your dog to some hand-crafted canine ice-cream and chewy treats while you enjoy an acai bowl and other health-conscious fare.
This industrial cafe features long communal tables and big timber booths inside, plus a kids corner and dog-friendly terrace outside. Since it opened in July 2019, Two Dads has amassed a loyal following.
You’d expect a cafe with “bark” in its name to be dog-friendly, but the name isn’t dog-related. Barko refers to the Spanish word for boat and pays homage to the submarine engine room that once operated where the cafe stands. Nevertheless, dogs are welcome on the deck at this sustainably minded cafe with a health-conscious menu. Take your dog for a walk along the Teneriffe boardwalk after your meal.
Named after the owner’s black labrador Audrey, who is a frequent visitor, this cafe welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. Unlike many cafes on the list, dogs are allowed inside the industrial-feel space. Black Lab has their own specialty coffee blends and supports local dog rescues through regular adoption days.
This cosy weatherboard cottage cafe features its own off-leash dog garden where pooches can play while you enjoy all-day breakfast and locally roasted coffee in the retro-themed dining or rumpus rooms.
Named after the French bulldog, Frenchies is known for spoiling its canine customers. There is a special menu for dogs which includes handmade and home-baked biscuits, pancakes and eggs. Dogs don’t have to ruff it and are treated to a comfy mat to sit on and their own water bowl. Owners can indulge in classic cafe fare including burgers and French toast.
No pet? No worries
If you don’t have a pet, visit these cafes to soak up some puppy (and kitty) love. Best of all, some animals at these locations are up for adoption.
Collies and Co is a dog-lover’s delight. Enjoy a coffee and all-day breakfast sourced from local suppliers and pat some of the gorgeous pups from Zaryliam Border Collies who are learning to socialise with people and other dogs. Booking are essential on weekends.
I your preferred pet is of the feline persuasion, look no further than Lucky Cat Cafe. Home to six resident rescue cats, the cafe is the purrfect place to get your feline fix. Owner Katy is a proud cat lady and offers several cat-themed workshops throughout the year which include making earrings and brooches, macramé, cat toys and pet-safe terrariums. The cafe also fosters kittens through local rescues so check their Facebook page if you’re in the mood for kitten cuddles.
This RSPCA-run cafe is the perfect place to watch rescue cats play in to the indoor and outdoor enclosures while enjoying traditional cafe fair. The cafe is part of the RSPCA’s Adoption centre so all cats at the cafe are available for adoption, as are the dogs, birds, reptiles and other animals on campus. You can also pick up a bargain at the on-site op-shop and grab supplies at the World for Pets store.