Dog-friendly cafés in Melbourne

These cafés are likely to give your friendly pooch some water, a treat, and probably a handshake too
Photograph: Aristo Risi
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You want a coffee, but you don't want to leave your bestie home by herself. Take your furry pal to one of these places. 

More of a cat person? Check out Melbourne's Cat Café. And if you want to pick up a pastry to take with you, here are our favourite places

Melbourne's dog-friendly cafés

Dog House

This new Collingwood café has a dog-only menu, filled with such delights as dogachinos (made with lactose-free milk, of course), kangaroo mince, turkey muffins and smoked pig’s ears. Your pup is king here, with mini couches, dog accessories for sale and plenty of other pooches for your furry friend to meet.  

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The Farm Café

icon-location-pin Abbotsford

Here in the pastoral oasis that is the Collingwood Children’s Farm, the café staff know their regular four-legged customers by name. Greet the goats, horses and cows on your way into the outdoor seating area, where you’ll find plenty of space for you and your dog. The scones and house-made jam are next-level.  

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A Minor Place

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You can rest easy that your pup is likely to get the same amount of friendly attention as you at this down-to-earth Brunswick café, which is home to a sizeable outdoor seating area and thick, fluffy pancakes that will keep you coming back for more. 

Restaurants, Mediterranean

Pontoon

icon-location-pin St Kilda

Relax with your dog outside all year long – in cooler months outdoor firepits keep you both toasty. 

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Code Black

icon-location-pin Brunswick

Who doesn’t love the smell of roasting coffee over breakfast? Better yet, the aroma of a craft coffee roaster in full gear? This is the tantalising setting for Code Black – and you and your doggo can sit out the front and enjoy it.

Restaurants, Cafés

Cromwell Streat

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You can dine al fresco with your dog and feel good about doing it: the café does good by employing at-risk youth. For many of them, Streat is the first job they’ve ever had and could be their leg up out of homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. 

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Rudimentary

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You and your dog might not fit inside this a cream-and-caramel-coloured shipping container conversion, but there's plenty of space outside. 

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Kew Nursery and Café

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At Kew Nursery and Café, they claim to be kid friendly, dog friendly and even vegetarian friendly. And they’re not lying. This is a great one-stop shop – take a run in nearby of f-leash Victoria Park, then rehydrate your dog, get your gardening supplies and knock back a cappuccino all in one hit. 

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Restaurants, Seafood

West Beach Bathers Pavilion

icon-location-pin St Kilda West

Dogs love running along the sand, snif fing washed-up sea life and of course, swimming in the waves. And we love Pimms. Head to the West Beach Bather Pavilion and do the responsible Instagram frolic on the beach before pulling up at one of the outdoor tables for a cocktail or a coffee.

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