Your dog is your best friend, so it makes sense that you’d want to hang out for lunch, or a beer, or a coffee, especially after a great day in the park, or on the beach, or exploring the city.
Not all restaurants appreciate your fur baby as much as you do, though, so it’s a good idea to find places that understand the love between a person and their pooch.
To start, before heading out of the house with your doggo, make sure that you’ve stocked up on all of the essentials so that your pup has everything they need to have a good time.
It’s always a good idea to take a leash, a pet water bottle, a chew toy or ball, and some baggies for any poop that your pup leaves behind. If you’re driving, your car should be fitted with a Pet Car Seat or doggie car safety belt.
You can order everything you need for your pooch, online, from Pet Culture, but you knew that already.
Sorted? Great, now to find a place to chill, eat, and bond.
Here are 10 great pet-friendly places to go with your best friend.
Cape Town’s most celebrated gourmet French café , Café du Cap is also a pupper-friendly space. Bring your pooch to 113 Loop Street, sit back, and enjoy a taste of the Riviera in the heart of the Mother City.
Shift is a hip, urban espresso bar with a chilled atmosphere where you can get your coffee fix on the go, while chilling with your best friend. They serve a wide range of breakfasts, lunches, and freshly baked pastries.
Pet Culture also sponsor some yummy doggie treats for all customers at Café du Cap and all 3 Shift locations, so be sure to take your furchild along for some treats while you enjoy your coffee.
Nothing tastes better after a stroll on the beach with your pooch than an ice-cold beer and a gourmet boerie roll. Keep in mind that Aegir, the brewery’s mascot (above), is around, so make sure your pup is okay with other dogs before you head there.
Take a walk on the promenade, and then head on over to Café Neo for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Dogs are allowed inside and water bowls are happily provided.
You could also bring your Pet Travel Bottle by Petkit, and they’ll happily fill it up for you.
Your good boy or girl is more than welcome to join you for a meal at the Lighthouse Café. They specialise in seafood dishes, pasta, salads and grills. If that’s not to your taste, they also make an excellent burger.
If your pupper is on a leash, then they can join you outside at this quirky coffee shop. They offer breakfasts, light lunches and a great view of all the character that Obs has to offer.
The Damhuis Restaurant, housed in one of the oldest buildings in the Western Cape, serves seafood and traditional South African cuisine in a unique setting that has a rich heritage and excellent views of Table Mountain and Robben Island.
They love dogs, and even have a special menu for them that includes meatballs, sirloin with or without a bone, and Cool Dogs ice-cream.
Once again, your pup is welcome, but only if they’re on a leash. This popular spot on Bree Street is a prime spot for a drink after a long day.
Forries is a great place to grab a pub lunch, especially on a Sunday. Watch sport, enjoy a few beers, and do it all with your doggo at your side.
Water bowls are provided.
There are biscuits and water for your pooch, and croissants with coffee for you. If you can’t stay, grab something at the deli, or come through in the evening for tapas with your human friends.
Now you have no excuse to stay home with your fur child.
Make plans at your local pet-friendly spot, pack a bag of doggy essentials, and head out into the world with your buddy at your side.
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