Vovo Telo, Lonehill
Head to Vovo Telo in Lonehill for their take on freshly baked bread, rich coffee and truly yummy confectionery and pastries. While snacking on these delights, sit outside with your pooch and enjoy the fresh air. Sip on a Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Shake while your dog enjoys a bowl of Vovo Telo's finest water of the day. Just be sure to grab a loaf of bread to take home before you leave.
Salvation Café, Milpark
There are few places as ideal for spending an afternoon with your pup than Salvation Café. Here, you and your furry friend can spend a lazy afternoon in the leafy courtyard. Tuck into the Salvation Gourmet Burger, with beef, bacon, caramalised onion, guacamole and local cheddar. Finish off your indulgence with the famed New York Cheesecake served with berry coulis.
Walkhaven Dog Park, Zwartkop
Walkhaven Dog Park in Zwartkop is the perfect place to spend some much needed time with your furball. The 22 hectares offers plenty of space for the dogs to run, play and burn off some excess energy. You can pack a picnic full of treats for you and the pooch or even have a braai. If you're too hungry to cook your own food after all the fun, then head to The Walkhaven Kitchen and grab a cheesy pizza instead.
Contact details: 071 212 9955 | Plot 77, Walkhaven Farm, Zwartkop
Royal Coffee Roasters, Edenvale
If you need a caffeine fix before, during or after a long walk with your furbaby, stop by at Royal Coffee Roasters at Stoneridge Centre in Edenvale. Sip on a cup of expertly prepared coffee alongside a decadent red velvet cake while you and your pooch enjoy the sights and scenes of the busy Vale. This is a great spot for you and your pooch to relax before tackling a hike through the avenues.
Nice on 4th, Parkhurst
For an impeccable breakfast with your dog, visit Nice on 4th. The home of good breakfast, this restaurant offers a variety of must-try delicious early morning eats. Options include the famous breakfast baskets, breakfast bunny chow and crumbly croissants. There's no better start to the day than with good food, strong coffee and a lovable fur ball at your feet.
Voodoo Lily Café, Birdhaven
Situated in Birdhaven, Voodoo Lily Café is the ultimate place to stop by for a light nibble with your dog. Not only do they offer a divine selection of breakfast, small plates, sandwiches, salads, burger, sushi and desserts, they also have yummy options for your pooch. Dogs can choose between chicken breasts, chicken livers and doggy biscuits, while you dine on a mouthwatering Tuna Melt.
Contact details: 011 442 6965 | 64 St Andrews Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg | [email protected]
As the most popular hangout in Parkmore – from Friday after-work drinks to long lazy weekend lunches – Milk Bar is also a dog-friendly restaurant in Johannesburg. Provided they’re well-mannered and on a leash, they can join you for an afternoon beer and burger in the sun.
Contact details: 083 282 3758 | Holt St, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196 | [email protected]
Arbour Café, Birdhaven
Are you looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in the north? No sweat! Arbour Café, located right next to Voodoo Lily Café, offers a French take on dining out with your beloved dog. Visit this establishment and taste their Crispy Duck Confit and five-spice cherry sauce, with your best friend at your side. Your buddy can enjoy the fresh air and all the attention from passersby while you get in some much-needed French comforts.
The Usual On Grant, Norwood
If you happen to be in Norwood, pop into The Usual On Grant. There is nothing ordinary about this restaurant, despite the name. Sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with your furry friend. Refresh yourself after a long stroll with a well-deserved milkshake. Choose between Vanilla Cookies, Peppermint Crush, Caramel Crunch and Mixed Chocolate and Nut while your dog makes new friends.
Contact details: 011 483 0799 | 66 Grant Avenue, corner Nellie Road, Orange Grove, Norwood
Delta Café, Craighall Park
If you're dining out with your family, dogs included, there is no better spot than Delta Café. At this eatery, dogs can laze about on the green lawn while the kids go wild playing on the jungle gyms. While the furry and non-furry kids burn off their extra energy, you can take a break and enjoy a chilled glass of wine or even sneak in a slice of chocolate cake.
Contact details: 010 900 3850 | 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park, Johannesburg
Pizza Del Forno, Benoni
Are you looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in the east? Benoni has become a new go-to suburb for entertainment, dining and spending time with your beloved dog. Dine outdoors under the shade of the umbrellas at Pizza Del Forno in Farrarmere. While Rover tucks into a bowl of refreshing water, you can feast on your choice of traditional pasta or gourmet pizza. But be warned, Farrarmere is a dog-loving neighbourhood and there may be a chorus of "Ooh, he's so cute".
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