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The best pet-friendly cafés in Singapore

Feel bad about leaving your fur babies at home? Now you don't have to

Written by
Fabian Loo
,
Kylie Wong
,
Huang Junyi
&
Kristie Teo
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Singapore's lagging behind in terms of its friendliness towards pets. It's difficult to bring your fur kids out unless it's to the park or the beach, and in this weather, it might seem more like a chore than a day of fun. Fortunately, there are still some places you can go to catch some respite, have a cup of coffee, enjoy some breakfast – all while hanging out with your best friend. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bedok

Away from the buzzy Katong street lies a tranquil hideout. The Brewing Ground, located on the site of the old Telok Kurau Primary School, offers a quiet spot for those looking to get their coffee and brunch fix. The glasshouse-inspired interior feels warm and bright, and the breezy alfresco deck comes fitted with extra seating to accommodate those with pets. Drop by and sample an eclectic menu of jazzed-up brunch plates. Must-trys include a sourdough that comes topped with eggs, prepped in the style of Japanese omurice ($25), crabmeat and ikura; and a Breakfast Burger ($20), a rendition of the fast-food classic where brioche buns come sandwiched with a pork sausage patty, scrambled eggs, caramelised onions, and cheddar cheese.

 

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  • Greek
  • Raffles Place

On weekends, drop by Zorbar the Greek Café's breezy alfresco dining deck, complete with waterfront views of the Singapore River, and tuck into a brunch menu inspired by Hellenic cuisine. Try the Avga ($20), a spin on the usual eggs Benedict where muffins come replaced with toasted pitas. There’s also the Tsoureki ($16), where slices of traditional Greek Easter sweet bread are turned into French toast, served alongside banana and caramel.

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  • Kent Ridge

Stepping into Canopy HortPark, you will be forgiven for thinking that you have entered a greenhouse. The garden café, the second outlet of Canopy Garden Dining at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, comes fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in plenty of sunlight, while verdant greenery lines the place. For owner Lee Kian Chong, he wanted to create a space that integrates and connects with the natural environment. And that means tapping onto biophilic design elements – green walls, a pet-friendly alfresco area, and more – to bring diners closer to nature. Canopy HortPark serves up classic brunch plates and all-day dining options. Beat the summer heat the cold angel hair pasta ($42), where the noodle comes coated in a lip-smacking truffle-butter sauce, topped with scallops, salmon roe, and a drizzle of truffle oil. For heartier mains, order the smoke-kissed grilled Spanish pork ($27) or rosemary-scented chicken ($25).

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  • Cafés
  • Tanglin

If you're looking for somewhere to spend with your family (fur pal included), Bee's Knees at the Botanic Gardens is purr-fect. After spending time exploring the flora and fauna of the gardens, drop by this all-day dining bistro, which serves up a whole range of croissants, fruit bowls, pizzas, pastas and sweet treats (they have vegetarian options too!). Highlights include the pandan pancakes ($15), laksa tiger prawn pasta ($20) and beef cheek cheese fries ($16). 

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  • Cafés
  • Hougang

Lola's styles itself as a 'backyard café', and it sets to emulate that homely vibe by encouraging the use of hands to eat instead of the usual fork and spoon. Being at home also means having your pet with you, and accordingly, the café welcomes your fur pals at its outdoor seating area. Its extensive menu offers brunch staples like eggs benedict, jazzed up with pulled pork and avocado ($16), bangers and mash ($11) and even a miso salmon grain bowl ($18) for the health nuts. The beverage menu is designed to give you options, from coffee and tea lattes to sodas and craft beers. 

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  • Cafés
  • Seletar

Located on the ground level of The Summerhouse, Wildseed's verdant setting makes for stunning photos with your pets, and its outdoor setting is completely sheltered from the sun, with numerous wall fans around the dining area so you can keep cool. Menu offerings include a Wagyu beef pie ($15) and sesame chicken pita ($16), along with a selection of sweet treats, smoothies and milkshakes.

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  • Cafés
  • Serangoon

Sun Ray Café is a coffee roaster, bakery and pet-friendly café all in one. While the menu offers grub for its human guests ranging from fresh bakes like brioche ($0.80) and focaccia ($0.90) to brunch options like the Impossible burger ($16) and beef lasagna ($9), it also makes food in-house for your pets. The fur kids menu includes minced boiled meat (from $3), muffins (from $3) and a whole bento set with rice and vegetables ($10). The café even has leashes, doggie bowls, water and treats for your pets to enjoy. 

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  • Cafés
  • Bishan

This spacious pet-friendly café might be slightly out of the way, but it's worth it for a day out with your fur pals. The area is spacious, clean and well-lit, and it has a dedicated menu for pups, from a variety of meatballs ($9.90) to sous vide meats like pork loin ($8.90), salmon steak ($9.90) and even venison ($12.90). For the pet-owners, you can pick up western fare like truffle fries ($12), carbonara ($14.90) and fish and chips ($17.90). 

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  • Cafés
  • Novena

This doggy café is completely dedicated to pets, with an in-house grooming service (by appointment only) and pet boutique on-site, retailing items like an ice-cream mix for dogs, a whole range of leashes and pet bowls, and all-natural freeze-dried treats from Australia. Its fur kids menu also includes beef patties ($2), cheesecakes ($2) and a tea-time set ($29.90) for maximum indulgence. Humans, you'll find a wide range of local cuisine, snacks and zi char items, from you tiao (fried dough fritters) to bak kut teh dishes and hor fun. 

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  • Cafés
  • Bedok

Café de Nicole has many things going for it. Not only is it a floral shop and café, but it's also pet-friendly to boot. Its resident pet is an adorable, docile British shorthair named Laoban ('boss' in Mandarin). The café offers a standard brunch fare, with flowers picked fresh from the florist corner to accompany its gorgeous silverware. Menu items include the picture-perfect rose latte ($7.90), soufflé pancakes (from $15.90) and cheese filling ravioli ($13.90).  There aren't enough pet-friendly cafés in Singapore where you can bring your furry friends indoors, so this makes for a great brunch spot if you're looking to enjoy a day out with your beloved fur baby. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Bishan

Canopy Garden's a great hangout, especially on weekends and evenings, when you're looking to while your time away with friends and family. What's even better is that it's located in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park, so you can run free with your pet before settling down for a dinner or pick-me-up. The joint has a wide outdoor patio that's great for pets, and it dishes up classic western dishes like Boston bay blue mussels ($18), ragu alla bolognese ($19), and a wide assortment of sweets and beverages.  

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Tanglin

Casa Verde (which means green house in Italian) is a homely restaurant nestled within the Botanic Gardens. Spacious and well-ventilated, your pets will have ample space to relax here while you have your meal, and the joint serves up a wide range of cuisines, from local favourites like mee siam ($12) and nasi lemak ($15) to the classic cheeseburger ($18) and baby back ribs ($28). A kids' menu is also available, so make it a family affair and bring everyone along. 

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  • Changi 

Located on the outskirts of Changi, this casual dining hotspot is spacious and airy, flooded with natural light due to its floor-to-ceiling windows. If you're bringing your furry friend along, sit amidst its lush greenery outdoors. The menu has a range of sharing plates like har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) ($14), crispy pork ribs ($16) and wagyu cubes ($24).

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  • Sentosa

After a day romping around at the beach with your fur pal, the best way to chill is by lazing on a deck chair, Mai Tai in hand. At Coastes, you can do just that. Besides tropical cocktails, the deckside restaurant stocks a formidable array of draft and bottled beers ($13-$19), and the nosh is unfussy yet vibrant enough to live up to the restaurant’s beachy vibe. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Novena

Wheeler's Yard has been an Insta-attraction since it opened its doors. The popular dining spot has an outdoor sitting area for your fur pals, but it gets hot, so time your trips well and make sure your pets stay hydrated. The extensive menu offers a whole range of starters, small plates, mains and desserts, and for those who are kicking back on a weekend night, a selection of tipples and boozy shakes. 

Cuddle up with your fur buddy

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