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Dog-Friendly Cafes in Melbourne: The Ultimate List

There’s nothing quite like finding a pawsome dog-friendly cafe in Melbourne. You get to enjoy the sun on your coat, a cool bowl of water at your paws, and the company of your best friend holding your lead.

Or at least that’s what my pups tell me.

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Two white dogs sitting in the outdoor dining area in a dog-friendly cafe in Melbourne

Unfortunately, not all cafes cater for our canine companions (though some cafes in and around Melbourne cater exclusively for them!). Seriously though, I love going out with Keiko and Summer. After a long week, relaxing with a cappuccino, brunch, and some slow time with my family is great.

We’ve compiled the ultimate list of dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne. So, if you’re looking for a delicious brunch, a sneaky snack, or just a quick caffeine fix, take your doggo with you — these cafes will welcome you with a waggily tail!

How to Choose A Dog-Friendly Cafe in Melbourne

Before we jump into the list, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether it REALLY is a dog-friendly cafe in Melbourne or not. Ultimately, it comes down to whether your doggo feels safe, comfortable, and relaxed. Here’s what I’ve found to be a good indicator of dog friendliness and ease for you in visiting there with your best bud:

  • Water bowls – It can get warm in Melbourne — especially when you are chilling out on the pavement sunning yourself in your fur coat! Even when it’s not so warm, it’s still great for your pup to have its refreshments.
  • Menu for dogs – While you sip your cappuccino, your pup can gulp a puppuccino, crunch a dognut, or slurp a doggo beer!
  • Doggo hitching point – Kind of like a horse post outside an old western saloon… but for dogs, and at your table instead of out front.
  • A woof – Er, I mean a roof or other sheltered area that is dog-friendly for those inclement Melbourne days!
  • Shade – So that your doggo doesn’t become a hot dog on warmer days.
  • Space – Ensure a large enough area for you and your fur child to feel comfortable dining.
  • A service window – To avoid a leash-chair-table tangle when you order and collect your food.
  • Evidence of other doggo diners – You can often quickly see on a cafe’s website or social media when they’re a dog-friendly cafe in Melbourne.

Not all the dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne we’ve found have all these things, but they are usually good indicators of being dog-friendly establishments. Any dog-friendly cafe in Melbourne worth its salt will go far beyond allowing dogs — they’ll ADORE dogs! They’ll welcome them just as much as their hooman guests (often more!).

Is My Dog Ready for A Visit to a Dog-Friendly Cafe in Melbourne?

Just like people, not all dogs enjoy visiting a cafe. And that’s ok.

If your pooch is skittish or tends to get anxious around other people or dogs, a cafe (even a dog-friendly one) might not be a good fit. They might do better with a trip to the park or the beach.

If your dog enjoys being social, then a dog-friendly cafe in Melbourne might be their paw-fect outing! If they can settle and relax around lots of people, new noises, and other dogs, then leash ’em up and grab some tucker.

Don’t Let Pooch’s Manners Be a Dog’s Breakfast

When you take your fur child anywhere, it’s important to remember your petiquette. Here are a few tips for maintaining perfect puppy poise when you dine out with doggo:

  • Book ahead – Ask for a spot suited to the spot (out of the way of the wait staff, loo routes, or other thoroughfares).
  • Choose wisely – If the hoomans are going to be indulging in a 12-course degustation menu, the doggo might get bored and be happier at home.
  • Use a leash – This will give you peace of mind to relax and enjoy your time.
  • Keep some treats handy if you need to get your dog’s attention quickly.
  • Stay alert – There will be lots of hooman treats around. Make sure your dog doesn’t pick any up — especially those dangerous or unsafe for canine consumption.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended – Idle, unsupervised paws may be the devil’s workshop.

There are plenty of other ways to ensure your fur child is on their best behaviour when dining out. Just remember the golden rule — do for other dogs what you would have other pet parents do for your dog.

How We Found The Best Dog-Friendly Cafes in Melbourne

To sniff out the best places for a barking good brunch in Melbourne with your pup, we’ve relied on various sources:

  • Our own experience
  • Reviews
  • Recommendations
  • Social Media

So without further ado, we present our definitive list of:

Dog-friendly Cafes in Melbourne

A Minor Place

  • Address: 103 Albion St, Brunswick
  • Hours: 08:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor area, dog treats
  • Person-Pleasers: Many Vegan Options, global dishes
  • Website
  • Instagram

Photos provided by A Minor Place


Bellboy Cafe

  • Address: 131 Nicholson St, Brunswick East
  • Hours: 07:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon-Sat, 08:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Insta-awesome custom dog house, dog treats
  • Person-Pleasers: GF/Vegan Options, NY-style bagels
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Bellboy Cafe


Blackcat

  • Address: 252 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
  • Hours: 2:00 pm onwards
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Beer garden, bohemian vibes
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Blackcat Cafe


Brighton School House

  • Address: 15 St Andrews St, Brighton
  • Hours: 08:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor area, water bowls
  • Person-Pleasers: Outdoor dining, Sweet treats
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Brighton School House


Cargo Restaurant

  • Address: 55A Newquay Promenade, Docklands
  • Hours: 11:00 am onwards Mon-Fri, 09:00 am onwards weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Massive shaded outdoor area, water bowls
  • Person-Pleasers: Beer garden, waterfront dining
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Cargo Restaurant


Chez Misty

  • Address: 103 Grey St, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, Victoria
  • Hours: 10:30am – 3:30pm Wed & Thu; 9:30am – 7:00pm Friday, 8:30am – 9:00pm Sat, 8:30am – 4:00pm Sun
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Crepes & Puppachinos (made by a certified dog nutritionist, Dog birthday parties, Dog cafe training, Outside area
  • Person-Pleasers: Galettes (savoury crepes) & sweet crepes, Healthy Ingredients (organic where possible), Social events
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Chez Misty


Chocolate Buddha

  • Address: Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Hours: 12:00 pm – late Wed-Sun
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Large outdoor space (Federation Square)
  • Person-Pleasers: Express sushi & casual Japanese
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Chocolate Buddha


Dish & Spoon

  • Address: 122 Highfield Rd, Camberwell
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating, puppacinos
  • Person-Pleasers: Casual brunch, Sunday Roast
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Dish & Spoon


Dundas & Faussett

  • Address: 111 Dundas Place, Albert Park
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating, puppuccino
  • Person-Pleasers: Insta-awesome menu, excellent brunch spot
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Dundas & Faussett


Fitzrovia

  • Address: 155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
  • Hours: 7:00 – 3:00 pm Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Extensive dog menu incl., including doggo beer
  • Person-Pleasers: Fresh produce, great vibes
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Fitzrovia


Fourth Chapter

  • Address: 385 High Street, Prahran
  • Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Insta-awesome menu, GF options
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Fourth Chapter


Frankie Says

  • Address: 15 Acacia Pl, Abbotsford
  • Hours: 7:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating, water bows
  • Person-Pleasers: 2 for 1 Coffee (Thurs), Vegan options
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Frankie Says


Harlow

  • Address: 447 Church St, Richmond
  • Hours: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Mon-Thurs & Sun, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am Saturday
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Dog treats, Hounds of Harlow
  • Person-Pleasers: Rooftop, spectacular views
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Harlow


Leonards House of Love

  • Address: 3 Wilson St, South Yarra
  • Hours: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am Mon-Thurs, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am Weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Pub food, great beer
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Leonards House of Love


  • Address: 113 Victoria Ave, Albert Park
  • Hours: 6:30 am – 3:00 pm. Weekdays, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Plenty of shade, great urban walk break spot
  • Person-Pleasers: GF/Vegan Options, Mouth-Watering Menu
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Lenny

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Local Folk

  • Address: 43 Epsom Road, Kensington
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Mon-Sat, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm sun
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Dog treats, shaded outdoor spot
  • Person-Pleasers: Creative cake pops, great brekkie
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Local Folk


Mary Miller Cafe

  • Address: 55-63 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Sat & Sun
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Take away menu, dog menu, shaded outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Vegan & Vegetarian options, great brunch
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Mary Miller Cafe


Miss Frank Cafe

  • Address: 200 Through Rd, Camberwell
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Take away window
  • Person-Pleasers: Clean/white space, great brunch
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Miss Frank Cafe


Neighbours Cafe

  • Address: 42 Chapel St, St Kilda
  • Hours: 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded Outdoor Seating, Water bowls
  • Person-Pleasers: Coffee, Great brunch
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Neighbours Cafe


Pelican

  • Address: 16 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Great brunch
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Pelican


Phat Milk Cafe

  • Address: 208 Mt Alexander Rd, Travancor
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Mon-Fri, 8:00 am -3:00 pm weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Puppuccinos
  • Person-Pleasers: Great brunch catering
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Phat Milk Cafe


Phoenician Cafe

  • Address: 34 Westbury St, St Kilda East
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Puppuccinos, Shaded outdoor seating, dog menu
  • Person-Pleasers: Great brunch, baked treats
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Phoenician Cafe


Priscilla Jones Cafe

  • Address: 21 Graham St, Albert Park
  • Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon-Sat, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Puppuccinos, Shaded outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Family friendly, functions, great brunch
  • Website
  • Facebook

Photos provided by Priscilla Jones Cafe


Republica

  • Address: 1A – 1D, 10-18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda Sea Baths
  • Hours: 12:00 pm – late
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Plenty of shade, Beach-front walks, Outdoor courtyard
  • Person-Pleasers: Ocean-front views, Beach-front hanging chairs, Dog-friendly trivia
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Republica


Rudimentary

  • Address: 16-20 Leeds St, Footscray
  • Hours: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Sat & Sun
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Plenty of shade, Outdoor courtyard, Take away window
  • Person-Pleasers: Converted shipping containers, great brunch
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Rudimentary


SOS Cafe

  • Address: 5/177 Toorak Rd
  • Hours: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Water bowls
  • Person-Pleasers: Organic, GF, Family-friendly, Sugar-free options
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by SOS Cafe


South of Johnston

  • Address: 46 Oxford St, Collingwood
  • Hours: 7:30 am onwards
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor seating, water bowls
  • Person-Pleasers: Artworks, creative decor
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by South of Johnston


Sweet Evelyn

  • Address: 128 Union Street, Brunswick
  • Hours: 6:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Dog treats, shaded patio
  • Person-Pleasers: Micro bakery, great pastries
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Sweet Evelyn


The Farm Cafe Abbotsford

  • Address: 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford (Colingwood Children’s Farm)
  • Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Weekdays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Plenty of space for zoomies, animal friends
  • Person-Pleasers: GF/Vegan Options, Trails
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by The Farm Cafe Abbotsford


The Jolly Miller

  • Address: Altona Meadows, Altona North, Bacchus Marsh, Balwyn North, Bundoora, Caroline Springs, Croydon North, Manor Lakes, Gisborne, Melton South, Greenvale, Melton, Sunbury, Williams Landing
  • Hours: Various
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Extensive doggy menu, incl. savoury muffins & puppuccino
  • Person-Pleasers: Vegan options, Cakes, Patisserie, family-friendly
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by The Jolly Miller


The Little Ox Cafe

  • Address: 452 New St, Brighton
  • Hours: 6:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Sheltered outdoor seating, a doggie menu
  • Person-Pleasers: GF, Vegan & Vego options
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by The Little Ox Cafe


The Old Garage

  • Address: 2A Glen Iris Road, Camberwell
  • Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Doggy Treats, Puppy Chino, Shaded outdoor area
  • Person-Pleasers: Plant-based options, excellent brunch spot
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by The Old Garage


The Peacock

  • Address: 68 River St, South Yarra
  • Hours: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Doggo cookies, shaded outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: Sunday roast, high-tea, catering
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by The Peacock


The Stables of Como

  • Address: Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra
  • Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mon-Fri & Sun, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Sat
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Huge lawns, sheltered outdoor seating
  • Person-Pleasers: High-tea/guy-tea, Picnics, Events
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by The Stables of Como


Welcome To Brunswick

  • Address: 1 Frith Street, Brunswick
  • Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thurs-Sat
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Annual Tiny Dog Festival, Dog birthdays
  • Person-Pleasers: Drive-Thru, Rollerskating waiters, beer
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Welcome to Brunswick


West Bathers Pavilion

  • Address: 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West
  • Hours: 10:00 am – Sunset
  • Dog-Friendly Features: The beach, lots of walkies space
  • Person-Pleasers: The Beach Club, food & drinks
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by West Bathers Pavilion


Wolf and Hound Cafe

  • Address: 60 Pin Oak Cres, Flemington
  • Hours: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Thurs-Sat
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Water bowls, dog-hitching post
  • Person-Pleasers: Cinnamon rolls, gingerbread bikkies
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Wolf and Hound Cafe


Zymurgy West

  • Address: 561 Barkly St, West Footscray
  • Hours: 3:00 pm – 10:30 pm Thurs&Fri, 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm weekends
  • Dog-Friendly Features: Shaded outdoor beer garden
  • Person-Pleasers: Beer garden, smoked meat on the barbie
  • Website
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Photos provided by Zymurgy West


Want to know more about dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne and Victoria? Check out more dog-friendly Cafes in Melbourne’s Outer Suburbs here!

Two white dogs are sitting on the outdoor dining table of this dog-friendly cafe. The one in front is looking directly at the camera

** The details and timings for the dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne included were correct at the time of publication. These may change at the venue’s discretion and without notice. Please double-check via the links provided before planning your pawsome outing. Please also feel free to drop us a line if any of the information we’ve shared is incorrect so that we may update this resource.

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