Dog-friendly restaurants in Joburg

From charming garden cafés to sidewalk coffee shops, these dog-friendly spots in Jozi will keep the whole family happy.

Arbour Café & Courtyard (Illovo)

This French-inspired cafe and crêperie is often populated by breakfast and coffee enthusiasts on summer days. The team prides itself on delicious and wholesome food made from fresh ingredients. The gluten-free buckwheat galettes (savoury French pancakes) attract those looking for the healthy alternative. They do welcome dogs but are situated in the quaint Birdhaven shopping centre, so do keep your furry friend on a leash.

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The Brazen Head (Fourways) 🍽

Serving pub grub and traditional fare with customary Irish hospitality and music, The Brazen Head also welcome canines outside.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Café Hemingways (Kyalami)

Dogs are seen to first with a bowl of water and a treat, then the artisanal on-trend bistro offers the eclectic menu to the human folk. (Dogs are allowed on the veranda area only.)

Doppio Zero (Greenside)

This was the first of the Doppio Zeros. Buzzy and busy, this spot offers coffee and croissants from the beginning of the day through to the night. Dogs settle on the wide patio with their owners.

Eat Your Heart Out (Maboneng)

Your dog is the first priority at Eat Your Heart Out, where they’ll be seen to with a water bowl. You can then relax and eat something from the Jewish-inspired menu.

Hell’s Kitchen (Melville)🍽

Despite the tough rocker image, dogs rock up too. The food is seared and successful, with drinks on the speakeasy side.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Hudson’s (Parkhurst) 🍽

This pretty marvellous burger joint has a reputation for great ingredients, atmosphere and spirits. Dogs and owners get it all on the patio.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

The interior at Hudson's Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The interior at Hudson’s Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Picobella Trattoria (Melville)

Locals and their dogs go to Picobella for an outer elevated veranda area, honest and good-value Med-influenced Italian food, and a beautifully calm vibe. All recipes have originated in the heart of Italy.

River Café (Sandton)

This is the place for relaxed open-air meals and snacks with your best friends and family. On Fridays it’s popular for sundowners and early suppers and, as long as your pup is on a leash, they’re welcome to enjoy lunch with you.

The garden seating area at the River Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The garden seating area at the River Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Soul Souvlaki (Maboneng)

Soul Souvlaki is one of the hippest places to get all the delicious and fresh homemade tastes of Greek cuisine in the trendy area of Maboneng. Dogs are welcome outside.

The Usual on Grant (Norwood)

Savour a cup of coffee as your pet is provided with water at this friendly café. Just make sure to grab a table outside during breakfast or lunchtime.

Voodoo Lily Cafe (Birdhaven)

The food is organic and sustainable at this friendly caring eatery, and breakfasts are particularly good. The airy and beautiful space is welcoming to dogs in the outside area, even offering them their own menu with organic chicken-breast slices, organic chicken livers and puppy biscuits.

Outside tables at Voodoo Lily Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside tables at Voodoo Lily Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Vovo Telo (Lonehill)

Grab a spot outside with your dogs and let them enjoy a bowl of fresh water while you sip on frothy lattes and enjoy breakfasts with homemade bread.

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