12 dog-friendly restaurants around Durban

Looking for a place to perch with your pooch? These spots around sunny Durban offer good food and a happy relaxed space for your furry friends.

Afro’s Chicken (OR Tambo Parade)

Situated on the sunny Durban promenade, Afro’s welcomes dog walkers to perch near the yellow container and tuck into one of the famous chicken burgers with tjips. The promenade is full of pooches, runners and children, and is a great outdoor spot for a speedy Sunday brunch with the family in tow.

Bike and Bean (Snell Parade)

Patrons are welcome to enjoy their daily coffee, a tasty snack and the beautiful views of the ocean here after a refreshing swim or walk on the beach. The owner says she loves dogs and is very happy to have them in her restaurant. Your pup will be welcomed with a water bowl and can even be served a doggy cappuccino. The owner also admits that she sometimes likes to treat those that are well behaved with a little piece of bacon or something tasty.

Circus Circus Beach Café (Snell Parade)

The buzzing beach-side restaurant offers beautiful ocean views and a casual spot for a weekend breakfast or lunch with your pup. Grab a table outside and the staff will bring a bowl of refreshing water for your dog.

Outside at Circus Circus. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside at Circus Circus. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cafe Jiran (North Beach)

This bistro on the beautiful beachfront offers a fine-dining menu as well as snacks to accompany its exceptional tea-and-coffee selection. Based on the beachfront, the eatery is very open to dogs and their owners enjoying a lunch together, as long as they’re seated outside. A refreshing bowl of water is available for dogs after their promenade stroll.

FOAM (Umdloti)

Views of the blue ocean and a sunny verandah make this a perfect pooch-friendly spot. Grab bright salad or a good cuppa coffee and watch the waves roll in as your furry friend rests by your side.

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Freedom Café (Greyville)

Bring along your fluffy friends to this funky breakfast-and-lunch eatery. Guests can dine alfresco under the trees next to the big red container and tuck into inventive bistro-style grub while their doggies chill out in the shade and enjoy bowls of water.

The Galley Beach Bar and Grill (Ballito)

This easygoing sea-front restaurant serves casual seafood dishes with relaxing views. Find a spot on the deck to enjoy good old-fashioned fish ’n chips while your pooch dines from the Canine Cuisine menu, which features Paw-Some Snacks (a sliced-up pork banger), Hound Dog Haven (100g grilled and cubed rump), the Pooch breakfast (grilled bacon and sliced pork sausage), Chicken à la Pooch (150g grilled chicken breast), Hungry Pup Quarter Pounder (150g grilled beef patty), and a Milk Draught (bowl of milk). Bowls of water are on the house.

Market Restaurant (Essenwood)

Enjoy lazy lunches under the trees with your well-behaved dogs on leads. They will also be offered bowls of water to lap up.

Mo Noodles (Umhlanga)

This Asian fusion restaurant in the busy area of Umhlanga serves delicious noodle dishes and Thai-inspired curries. Dogs are welcome to sit with their owners but only outside.

Parc (Glenwood)

This sidewalk café in the middle of a suburb has a love for dogs, meaning it’s filled with pet owners dropping by for their morning cuppa or a leisurely weekend brunch. Their poached eggs are somewhat legendary and the hounds will be looked after with a bowl of water and plenty of attention. Due to health and safety regulations, the furry friends are only allowed to be seated outdoors.

Outside at the Parc Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fathima Kathrada.

Outside at the Parc Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fathima Kathrada.

Old Town Italy (Umhlanga)

This Italian market eatery allows you to bring your pooches along for that morning coffee and pastry. The fur-family is only allowed outside and on a leash, but there’s ample space on the sunny pavement for them to bask as you dine.

The Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga)

Pets are most welcome at this stunning sea-facing hotel. The five-star garden villas offer a range of beds and menus to pamper the special pets of hotel guests. The Dogs’ Delights menu includes Woof Waffles with boerewors sausage and gravy; toasted bread with cheese or scrambled egg; chunks of steak in gravy served with rice; and a full doggy breakfast complete with hash browns. Scabenga’s Savouries is another menu, offering kitty treats like flaked tuna, steamed chicken and a bowl of warm milk, plus other feline foods. If you’re staying at the hotel, contact room service to find out what the dog and cat dish selections are.

Take your dog for a stroll around the Oyster Box Hotel. Photo supplied.

Surf Riders Food Shack (Addington Beach)

This beach-front restaurant on Durban’s Golden Mile serves unfussy fare such as great breakfasts, burgers, pizzas and gourmet shakes. The popular spot is also dog friendly, with a menu just for your pet that includes a Poochini Snack – peanut butter sauce, ice cream, layered sponge and biscuit crumbs.

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