We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful location, with a climate that encourages us to get out and about! I thought I would share some of the best days out with your pet that Brisbane has to offer:
North, south, east or west there are many great day trips you and your furry friend can explore. Whether it’s a local café, a riverside walk or an ultimate day to our beautiful beaches.
Café and Bars
The days are gone where you had to leave your pups at home with their sad eyes watching you leave! Most bars and cafés around Brisbane are now pooch friendly. These are my top 10 places that you should try out:
Little loco (New farm)
Owners Dan and Hannah know how important it is to eat healthily. That was the reason why they opened this cute little café. The menu has both healthy and decadent options, including house-made dukkha sprinkled over thyme roasted mushrooms, Hokey Pokey pancakes and many vegan and vegie options. Our four-legged friends are also welcome – with a free puppacino available with every meal purchase.
This quaint little café was once an old general store. It has great food and coffee for humans and even ice-cream for your pets.
Your dogs will also be in for a treat with peanut butter and bacon flavoured puppucinos, frothed lactose free milk as well as handmade biscuits and dog chews on the menu.
A traditional English style, dog friendly pub which has an outdoor seating area in which they welcome pups to sit next to their owners. It is a great place for a quick pint with a wonderful English pub type atmosphere which is enhanced by some old-time photographs on the wall.
Good folk café (Bardon)
Housed in an old general store, formerly occupied by Neighborhood Coffee Roasters. This quirky, cottage-style side garden and a rear courtyard has a mint-filled bathtub which overlooks the spacious backyard and adjacent herb and veggie gardens which helps creates great ambience. The all-day menu features breakfast favourites such as smashed avo on toast with Persian feta, savory dukkah crumb and pickled red onions and free-range poached eggs on toast.
Brown dog café (Woolloongabba)
Well it’s all in the name! This dog friendly café is a dead giveaway from the name. The menu holds items such as the lazy dog roll (which is delicious) and the big dog breakfast. It is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy life.
Frenchie café (Wynnum)
Dogs are treated to their own water bowl, a mat to sit on at their owner’s feet and a special ‘Woofers Menu’ with treats such as woofachinos, pancakes and even scrambled eggs. The food for humans is great here too, with an all-day menu serving breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, whatever your heart desires. Some of the dishes include French toast, smashed avo and giant burgers.
Black lab café (Tarragindi)
Where do I begin? Inspired by their beautiful black lab named Audrey who didn’t pass her certificate to be an assistance dog. Not giving up on her, her owner opened the coffee shop to raise money for rescue groups, support adoptions and promote responsible ownership. Oh and the food they serve for both us and our furry friends is wonderful.
The Scratch bar (Milton)
Do I hear the need for a pub/pup crawl? And yes that is a thing! Maybe those dog obedience classes will finally pay off! Walk from bar to bar in Brisbane with your furry friend in tow.
This pub is a far dinkum aussie pub where there is no dress code, no cover bands but you will always be able to get a good old cold one! They have a great selection of beers from little local breweries to the big international ones.
Lokal + co bar (West end)
Plenty café (West end)
This cute little café focuses on celebrating locally grown produce and helps teach children where and how food is grown.
Markets are wonderful outing with your pet. They are a great place to browse, stock up on fresh produce and just mingle with your pet. Your furry friends will love the opportunity to meet friends and sniff and greet all the passer by.
There are a number of great markets around Brisbane, my favourite ones include:
• The Power House markets: every Saturday 6am-12pm
• Manly farmers markets: 6am-12pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
• Nundah farmers markets: 6am-12pm Sunday.
• Milton markets: 6am -12pm Sunday.
• Eumundi (sunny coast) markets: every Wednesday and Saturday.
• Mt Coot-tha Walk, Mt Coot-tha (start from 7am in the morning while the day is cool).
• Sherwood Forest Park, Sherwood (also known as Sherwood Arboretum)
• Riverwalk, Brisbane. New Farm to Teneriffe. Possibly do this after splurging at the markets!
• Clontarf to Redcliffe Walk, Clontarf. This bayside walk is great and can actually extend from Shorncliffe all the way along the bat to Scarborough!
• Wynnum-Manly Walk, Wynnum. Another beautiful bayside walk which you can take at your own pace.
We live in a great part of the world where you can either head north to the Sunshine coast or south to the Gold coast and enjoy some of the best beaches in the world with your pooch.
Why not seize the day and check out some of these great spots:
- Point Cartwright, Buddina
- Moffat beach, Caloundra
- Wurtulla Beach, Wurtulla
- North Shore Off-Leash Dog Beach, Mudjimba
- Tallebudgera Dog Off-leash Beach, Palm Beach
- Nudgee Beach, Nudgee
- Sandgate Waterfront, Sandgate
- Red Beach, Bribie Island
- Southport spit, Goldcoast
Why not take your best friend to the movies? The Yalata drive-in is a very popular spot especially in these tricky times with covid around. We can be safely entertained and have great company, a win for everyone. They have number of different screenings and times, so I am sure you will be able to find a slot that suit you.
Night out on the Town!
Eat Street Night Markets. A great little spot for you and your fur friend to grab a bite to eat. Dogs are allowed (on lead) to wander through the stalls, Hamilton. Fri.-Sat. 4–10pm Sun. 12–8pm. Also try the Downey Street Food Trucks at Windsor.
So as you can see Brisbane has a lot to offer both for us and our furry families, so get out there and enjoy some of these great spots.