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Published May 6th 2017
Fine dining with your pooch; sharing a good meal with Fido
Great news for the coffee connoisseurs living in this city - Brisbane has a seemingly endless number of great cafes and espresso bars scattered throughout the city, making for convenient early morning pick-me-ups before work, and, even better yet, great spots for weekend catch ups with family and friends. And by family, I mean people and dogs both! Did you know that the majority of cafes in Brisbane are dog friendly, provided that there is outdoor seating? You literally have over100 dog friendly cafes to choose from! However, some pawrents want to go that extra step further to make the "cafe experience" even more enjoyable for their furbaby - what better way to achieve this than by choosing dog friendly cafes that also have doggy menus? Fido can literally enjoy a meal out with their favourite person, while getting lots of pats and attention from staff - does it get any better than this?
These gourmet treat connoisseurs strike yet again...
Located in the heart of Moreton Bay (142 Bay Terrace, Wynnum QLD 4178), Frenchies Cafe is a paradise for both pooches and dog lovers alike, with dog decor in every nook and cranny of the cafe. Canine patrons at Frenchies are treated like royalty - even though there are communal water bowls available, each dog also has their own personal water bowl, in addition to their own mat. Your dog can literally lie at your feet in style and comfort. They even have a doggy wall of fame here, comprising polaroid photos of the canine patrons that frequent Frenchies. In case your pooch gets hungry, Frenchies has a "Woofers menu" - or in other words, a menu specifically for dogs! From woofachinos to pancakes, to scrambled eggs and fried rice, your pooch will be spoilt for choice here. Oh, and free doggy biscuits are provided upon arrival!
A feast fit for a king (or rather, two kings), courtesy of Frenchies Cafe.
Woofissimo(Shop 9b, 567 Kessels Road, MacGregor QLD 4109) is a haven for dog lovers - the interior design and furnishings are canine-themed, and they are very much dog-friendly. Pictures and sculptures of a wide range of breeds can literally be seen anywhere you look, including many pugs! Woofissimo welcomes guests with cute statues of puppies saying "welcome", literally at their doorstep. Woofissimo staff then go one step further (no pun intended) and welcome your four-legged best friend with a biscuit, and a bowl of water. Dogs are treated like royalty here - it's a cheaper alternative to doggy spas. There is also a small 'doggie menu' section on the menu, for your furry best friend to peruse. They get to choose from a doggie biscuit, a doggie muffin, or a doggyccino. If you or your dog is finding it hard to choose, perhaps you could opt for all three!
Can I have one of everything please? Thanks Woofissimo!
MT Cup Espresso(24 Helen St, Teneriffe QLD 4005) is a small coffee shop that was only recently established in May 2016; despite being only young in regards to age, MT Cup Espresso has already established a steady customer base for themselves, with a growing number of regulars visiting for their daily wake up call. Dogs are allowed both inside and outside, both of which are paved with fake grass - there's no such thing as lying on cold and hard concrete floors here at MT Cup Espresso! Your dog will be guaranteed to be given lots of cuddles and pats from friendly staff members, to the extent that your furbaby might end up liking them a little more than they do you... but not to fret, because you can win brownie points by ordering them one of MT Cup Espresso's puppiccinos, made using lactose free milk. Yum yum! Who said espresso bars were only for the humans?
Puppiccinos are without a doubt the best early morning pick-me-up.
4. That Little Place
Located in Mount Gravatt East (5/28 Carrara Street, Mount Gravatt East, Queensland, 4122), an easy 20 minute drive from Brisbane City, That Little Place Cafe may be 'little' in size, but 'big' in quality. Hidden in the backstreets on the south side of Brisbane, its quiet location makes way for a relaxing ambience - coupled with both friendly and fast service, it's the perfect place to enjoy a meal with good company. But perhaps best of all (at least for the canine patrons), That Little Place has available yummy puppycakes, made from only natural and healthy ingredients - your pooch is bound to love both the puppycake itself, and you for purchasing one for them! In fact, grab a couple while you're at it, because 100% of sales from these puppycakes go to the RSPCA - when else would you get to say that you're giving a treat to your furbaby for a good cause?
For the best puppycakes in town, hit up That Little Place!
Tucked away in the corner of Secam Street and Wecker Road, this hideaway espresso bar and cafe is self-described as "a hole in the wall" - The Coffee Nook is nestled amidst a string of industrial streets located in Mansfield (2/5 Secam St, Mansfield QLD 4122). All are welcome here at The Coffee Nook. Yes, that includes dogs! Your furbabies are sure to be the centre of attention here, with plenty of pats, cuddles, and photo requests, in addition to being provided with their own bowl of water. For something extra special, you can even purchase a puppiccino for them (at the bargain price of just $1.00) to enjoy while you sip on your coffee!
Mum, we literally can't wait any longer for our puppiccinos...
Our Place Coffee Garden(312 Colburn Ave, Victoria Point QLD 4165) describe themselves as a "takeaway coffee garden" - they have the standard coffees available, made by locally handcrafted, award-winning A.M Coffee Roasters. They also have a range of teas available. Our Place also has a menu just for the lucky pups that visit, including a wide range of treats from Pets at Home Care Bakery, a small run-from-home business just a 4 minute drive away. They make amazing homemade treats, and I fully recommend them for your pups - as a bonus, they are made with no salt, no sugar, and no preservatives! Our Place also has puppaccinos, which Eddy loves. His food came on a literal platter, which put the human's food to shame! Our Place Coffee Garden also has an off-leash dog area within the cafe - here, dogs are allowed to roam free within the safety parameters in the form of a fully enclosed area with secure fenced gates. This is definitely not your average dog-friendly cafe!
Fine dining 101.
7. Atticus Finch Cafe
Atticus Finch Cafe(2/83 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064) is located in the heart of Paddington, on one of its most vibrant and bustling streets. Atticus Finch is both a cafe and a bar, giving us the best of both worlds in the one location. They also cater for our furry friends' needs too, with a jar of free dog biscuits available at the counter! They even have something extra special for Fido to help them wash down these yummy treat biscuits... Did you know dogs have beers curated and brewed especially for them, with their health and tastebuds in mind? Atticus Finch have available Beerdog Brewhouse's Beerdog Bitter, available by the stubby or the bowl. Don't worry, it's not actual beer (although it certainty looks like it!) - rather, it's a "non-alcoholic, meaty beast of a beer crafted especially for dogs". What are you waiting for? Head over now and share a beer (or two) with your furbaby - they'll love you for it!
Eddy waiting to enjoy some free treats courtesy of Atticus Finch Cafe, to be washed down with BeerDog's Brewhouse.
Sweet Crumbs Patisserie(2/489 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove QLD 4060) is a manufacturer of delicious tasting cakes and pastries, having established a reputation for its fine products, quality and service throughout the past three years. Owners Wayne and Brenda draw from years of bakery knowledge with a combined trade experience of well in excess of 50 years - how impressive! In addition to a wide range of baked goodies, both sweet and savoury, for the humans, Sweet Crumbs also cater for the doggos out there - there is a wide selection of freshly baked treats available for purchase, bound to have your pooch savouring every bite. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of dog treats go towards the All Westie Rescue, a charity organisation who re-house Westies that have been signed over to them that is run by an independent group of volunteers. Purchase treats for a good cause today!
Casually hanging outside Sweet Crumbs Patisserie with freshly baked goodies.
Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains a new life through arising from the ashes of its predecessor. That phoenix in question in Brisbane's emerging cafe culture is Beanbag Espresso, born from the ashes of the much loved but now closed Bowerbird Cafe - they've downsized in regards to space, but not quality. Located in Wavell Heights (4/277 Rode Rd, Wavell Heights QLD 4012), just 9km north of Brisbane's CBD, Beanbag Espresso provides both coffee and foods that were practically made to go with coffee, with a picturesque view of Brisbane's skyline. Being a dog-friendly espresso bar, Beanbag Espresso also sell dog biscuits from Sweet Crumbs (the cafe listed directly above Beanbag Espresso). Biscuits cost only $1, and obviously smelled (and tasted!) delicious judging by how motivated Eddy was to showcase all his tricks in order to be rewarded with one!
How are these amazing treats only $1 each?!
10. Lucky Cat Cafe
A dog-friendly cat cafe? What's not to love? Located in Annerley, Lucky Cat Cafe(16 St Kilda Pl, Annerley QLD 4103) is the pawfect place for animal lovers to visit; feel free to bring Fido along where they can relax in comfort in the cafe on the first floor, where they will be well looked after by Katie should you choose to pop upstairs for a kitty patting session! You can even purchase yummy doggy treats here, courtesy of Jojo & Lola's Jerky Chompers - Jojo & Lola's Jerky Chompers have a range of jerky treats that are homemade with 100% human-grade ingredients, with no artificial additives nor added salt or sugar. They are also taste tested by owner Susan's own dogs for quality control, so they are bound to be yummy - Eddy and Sam are huge chompers fans!
Only the best jerky in town will do for Eddy and Sam, treat connoisseurs of human-grade goodies.
Established in 2009, Bellissimo Coffee(33 Oxford St, Bulimba QLD 4171) first started roasting coffee beans from their flagship store in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley in 2010, and have since become the current highest awarded coffee roaster in Australia. They are also very much dog-friendly. In addition to providing a communal water bowl for all doggy patrons to share, Bellissimo has a jar of dog treats that they encourage owners to give to their dogs - yes please, there's definitely no need to ask twice! The free dog treats definitely put Bellissimo way up there on Eddy's favourite list of cafes. Thanks Bellissimo!
Nothing better than free treats, right?
12. RSPCA Black Cat Cafe
RSPCA Black Cat Cafe(139 Wacol Station Rd, Wacol QLD 4076) recently opened its doors as a unique and interactive cafe with distinct characteristics. With both outdoor and indoor cat enclosures located adjacent to the cafe, patrons can watch the cats play while enjoying delicious food and refreshments. Even though this cafe is named after felines rather than canines, Black Cat Cafe also caters for pooches - as expected from RSPCA, an organisation that places animal wellbeing first and foremost. In addition to water bowls provided for dogs, perhaps most importantly (at least for Eddy), Black Cat Cafe have vegemite treats available for purchase for lucky doggie patrons! All this, plus knowing that all proceeds will go directly towards supporting animals in need at RSPCA, makes Black Cat Cafe a great place to visit with your dog.
What's better than vegemite and dog treats? Vegemite flavoured dog treats!
13. The Cup Cake Taste & Espresso Bar
The Cup Cake Taste(1/7 Park Terrace, Graceville QLD 4075) is a small, Brisbane-based business that has been run since mid 2007 by talented Sammy Gollschewski, a cake artist. All cupcakes are handcrafted with love, and are aesthetic in appearance and delicious in taste - what's not to love? The Cup Cake Taste has a wide array of cupcakes, both standard and mini sizes, available in store. Standard cupcakes are $4.00 each (or $18.50 for 5), and mini cupcakes are $1.90 each (or $9.00 for 5). They also have other goodies available, including muffins, ice creams, brownies, cookies, chocolate, and sweets. There's bound to be something that suits your taste! Best of all (at least for Eddy and Sam), The Cup Cake Taste has cupcakes and other goodies for pups too, courtesy of Pop's Pupcakes, The Cup Cake Taste sells 'pupcookies' and 'pupchocs' at $1 and $2.50 per small bag respectively. They also sell apple, honey, and peanut butter pupcakes at $2 each - yum!
Arthur's Green is located in Red Hill (22 Fulcher Rd, Red Hill QLD 4059), an inner suburb of Brisbane just 3km north-west of Brisbane's central business district. True to its name, this suburb is very hilly, and is mainly residential in nature, which makes for a quiet spot for a meal. In addition to providing communal water bowls for the doggy patrons, Arthur's Green also has in stock yummy homemade dog treats from Toff's Treats made by the very talented Tamara, and taste tested by canine CEO Toffee. Toff's Treats are made only using natural ingredients, with no added sugar, salt, or preservatives - they even have vegan options available. Spoil your pooch without putting their health at risk here at Arthur's Green!
Super ready to dig into Toff's Treats.
15. Black Lab Coffee
Black Lab Coffee is located in Tarragindi (6/11 Kuring Gai Ave, Tarragindi QLD 4121), a suburb on the south side of Brisbane which is an easy 15 minutes from the central business district by car. Seeing as the cafe is named after a breed of dog, would you really have expected anything but the best for Fido? Take a quick look at their Instagram page, and you will no doubt be pleasantly surprised at the number of dogs that have made Black Lab Coffee their regular haunt - be prepared to meet lots of new doggy friends! Black Lab Coffee is indeed dog-friendly; water bowls with fresh drinking water are provided - there's even a large doggie water refill station at the front of the cafe. Best of all, Black Lab Coffee also have available a selection of Discuits doggy treats - these treats are handmade, home-baked and contain only carefully selected natural ingredients. Who says healthy has to be boring?
Ready to dig into some yummy Discuits treats at Black Lab Coffee.
Have you been to any of these cafes with your dog? Which one was their favourite? Are there any cafes listed here that you simply can't wait to try out? Leave a comment down below and let us know your thoughts!