6 Dog-Friendly Cafes in Canberra

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Here’s a list of the top dog-friendly cafes in Canberra that are a must-visit!

Canberra is a great place to raise dogs – with an abundance of dog-friendly parks, restaurants, shopping centres and coffee shops, your pup will be welcomed almost everywhere! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite dog-friendly cafes in Canberra to get you started.

1. Local Press Cafe

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Local Press Cafe is a dog-friendly cafe in Canberra that offers a wide range of unrefined, unprocessed menu items. They cater for meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans, so you can rest assured you’ll find something you love. If you’re looking to stock up on sustainable groceries, pop into their sister cafe, Local Press Wholefoods, located just 50 metres away.

Address: Corner of Eastlake Parade & Giles Street, Kingston Foreshore ACT 2604
Opening hours:
Mon: Closed
Tues-Fri: 8 am – 3 pm
Sat & Sun: 8 am – 4 pm

2. Beef & Barley

Dog being served treats and a puppuccino at a dog-friendly cafe in Canberra
Image credits: @beef_and_barley

Beef & Barley is known for its famous Burger High Tea – with an assortment of sliders, desserts, fries, chicken and halloumi bites, you won’t be hungry when you leave. There’s also a vegetarian option, with halloumi and veggie sliders, arancini balls and more! For your furry friend, they’ve even got a pet treats menu, so grab a puppuccino and some doggy treats for them to enjoy.

Address: Kingston Foreshore & Eyre Street, Kingston ACT 2604
Opening hours:
Mon: 5 pm – 9 pm
Tues-Thurs: 11:15 am – 2:30 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm
Fri: 11:15 am – 9:30 pm
Sat: 10 am – 9:30 pm
Sun: 10 am – 8:30 pm

3. Common Grounds

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Common Grounds is a local favourite dog-friendly cafe in Canberra, so it’s always bustling with humans and furry friends. Several tables in the front and back provide ample space, with the outdoor seating offering superb views of the Brindabella Mountains. This cafe provides healthy gluten-free, and child-friendly food options, so book in for a day of family fun.

Address: 130 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin ACT 2912
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 9 am – 5 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

4. The Knox

The Knox, a dog-friendly cafe in Canberra
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If you’re looking for a dog-friendly cafe or bar, The Knox is a great option as it’s open for breakfast and lunch every day as well as for dinner, three days a week. Tuesdays are known for The Knox Nights, where you can grab 2-for-1 pizzas! Enjoy a wide range of alcoholic beverages ranging from locally-sourced beer to wines. There are several outdoor tables and sheltered spots where your dog can relax.

Address: Shop 1/13 Watson Place, Watson ACT 2602
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sun: 7 am – 4 pm
Tues & Fri: 7 am – 8:30 pm
Sat: 7:30 am – 8:30 pm

5. Maple + Clove

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Maple + Clove is a lovely dog-friendly cafe situated in Barton, one of the most beautiful areas of Canberra. With a shaded outdoor area, you’ll be covered by the sun or rain! With an all-day breakfast menu with maple porridge, savoury waffles, blue swimmer crab omelette, and more, plus a lunch menu that starts at 11:30 am, you’ll have trouble choosing just one dish. 

Address: 7 Burbury Close, Barton ACT 2600
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am – 3 pm
Sat & Sun: 8 am – 3 pm

6. Bittersweet Cafe

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Bitter Sweet serves up delicious breakfast and lunch food in their dog-friendly cafe. Located conveniently in Green Square, Kingston, it usually gets busy with locals and people walking by, so head early to secure yourself a table! Don’t fret if there aren’t any seats available – grab a takeaway and set up a picnic in Norgrove park (only a 7-minute walk away). 

Address: Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street, Kingston ACT 2604
Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: 7 am – 3 pm

These are just some of the many dog-friendly cafes in Canberra. They all offer excellent food, great coffee, and a comfortable atmosphere for dogs. 

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