Best Dog-friendly Restaurants in Cape Town

Words: Jess Spiro

These days, dogs are more like children than pets, and it’s heartbreaking to leave them at home when you go out. Thankfully, there are some awesome dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town that have caught on to this and provide free entry, water and sometimes even a menu for our little fur babies.

Cape Town & Surrounds

If your pooch needs a break from the busy CBD streets, these spots are ideal.

Café Paradiso

One of the more well-known dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town, Cafe Paradiso has a large outdoor area that welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. Call ahead and book one of these tables, though, as they get snatched up quickly.

Location: 110 Kloof Street
Hours: Mon-Fri: 12h00-22h00 | Sat & Sun: 09h00-22h00
Contact: 021 422 0403 | Facebook

Manna Epicure

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This is the ideal spot to grab a beautiful all-day brekkie, lunch, or sip on a glass of wine with your pooch at your side. The restaurant also has some amazing brekkie and dinner specials from time to time, check out their socials.

Location: 151 Kloof Street
Hours: Wed-Sat: 07h30–22h00 | Sun-Mon: 07h30-21h00
Contact: 021 426 2413  | Facebook | Instagram

Shift Espresso Bar

If you’re looking for tasty brekkie, lunch or a seriously good cuppa, Shift Bar Espresso is where you’ll want to be. Their menu includes beautiful smoothie bowls, delicious pasta, and some of the best local wines. This family-owned business caters to your doggo’s needs too, with their puppuccinos.

Location: 100 Kloof St, Gardens | Check out their website for more locations
Hours: Mon-Wed: 06h30–18h00 | Thurs-Sat: 06h30–21h00 | Sun: 07h00–15h00
Contact: 078 377 7258 | Facebook | Instagram

Company’s Garden Restaurant

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It makes sense that one of the best parks in the city also houses one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town. Take your dog for a stroll and then stop off for a light snack.

Location: 15 Queen Victoria St
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h30–18h00
Contact: 021 423 2919  | Facebook

Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room

Between their burgers and their bloody Marys, it’s hard not to love Clarke’s. When you throw in the fact that they’re dog-friendly and that they allow them inside into the mix, it makes Clarke’s so much more wonderful.

Location: 133 Bree Str
Hours: Mon: 07h00-16h00 | Tues-Fri: 07h00-22h00 | Sat: 08h00-22h00 | Sun: 08h00-15h00
Contact: 087 470 0165 | Facebook | Instagram

Burger & Lobster

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These guys are pretty forward-thinking with their menu as they are with their bring-along-your-dogs policy. We love Burger & Lobster for their amazing food but we love them even more now knowing we can bring our doggos with too.

Location: 105 Bree Street
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12h00–22h30
Contact: 021 422 4297  | Facebook | Instagram

Maria’s Greek Café

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There’s nothing we don’t love about Maria’s, so it’s safe to say it’s one of our go-to dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town. The Greek-inspired restaurant situated in Dunkley will even sneak a lamb leg bone to your dog if they’re well-behaved.

Location: 31 Barnet Street, Dunkley Square, Gardens
Hours: Mon: 11h00–22h00 | Tues-Sat: 08h30–22h00 | Sun: 10h00–16h00
Contact: 021 461 3333

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Deerpark Café

There’s a jungle gym for the kids, water bowls for the dogs (small dogs are allowed inside) and good coffee for the parents. True perfection does exist.

Location: 2 Deerpark Drive, Vredehoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00–20h00
Contact: 083 265 6630  | Facebook

Lazari Coffee Shop

Lazari easily makes some of the best cupcakes in the city and Mediterranean food, but the best thing about them is that they allow dogs inside, making this a great breakfast spot to include on your walking route.

Location: Cnr Upper Maynard and Vredehoek Ave, Vredehoek
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00–16h30 | Sat: 08h30–14h00 | Closed Sun
Contact: 063 276 5933  | Facebook | Instagram

The Red Sofa Café

Serving some of the best coffee in Cape Town, The Red Sofa is a popular place to grab a meal, to do some work and to relax with friends. If you feel like bringing your furry friend with you, you are more than welcome to. Pop by Red Sofa Café for a lazy afternoon filled with good coffee and a chilled vibe. They also have plant-based meal options.

Location: 21 Derry St, Vredehoek, Cape Town
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00–19h00 | Sat-Sun: 08h00–18h00
Contact: 082 904 9956  | Facebook | Instagram

Our Local

If you appreciate plants and good coffee, then Our Local is the spot. This quirky restaurant with rustic furniture, makes you feel right at home. If your pooch is well behaved and won’t trip over any of the waiters, they are welcome to tag along.

Location: 117 Kloof St, Gardens
Hours: Mon-Wed: 08h00–16h00 | Thurs-Sat: 08h00–23h00 | Sun: 08h00–15h00
Contact: 064 642 5004 | Facebook | Instagram

The Ladder

The Ladder on Bree St is a fave for fabulous brekkies and brunch. The uber friendly team loves to welcome a pooch, usually with a little dog-friendly biccie and a bowl of water. You just need to ensure that your dog is not roaming around or getting underfoot, as the space is small and it would be a sin to trip up a waiter and smash their beautiful crockery!

Location: 136 Bree Str, Cape Town
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00–16h00 | Sat: 08h00–14h00 | Closed Sun | Instagram

Stellski Café & Coffee Bar

Regulars will know that Stellski is a fantastic spot to grab a delicious cup of coffee. Inspired by and named after the owner’s Staffordshire Terrier, Stella, it’s needless to say that this is one of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town.

Location: 129 Bree Street
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00–16h00 | Sat: 08h00–14h00 | Closed Sun
Contact: 072 135 2677 | Facebook | Instagram

Between Us

Between Us celebrates all things beautiful, including food and dogs. Owned by twin sisters and self-taught chefs, Jesse and Jamie Friedberg, Between Us is the ideal spot if you’re looking to have a beautiful breakfast, lunch or dinner with your pooch by your side. They also host fantastic private dinner parties or special events.

Location: 176 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre
Hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00-16h00 (Breakfast & Lunch) | Tues-Sat : 18h00-22h30 (Dinner)
Contact: 079 729 5316 | Facebook | Instagram

Atlantic Seaboard

Going for a stroll with your pooch? Check out these spots for a post-walk treat.

12 Apostles Hotel

The 12 Apostles sets the standard in nearly everything they do, especially in the way they welcome dogs. This is more than just a dog-friendly restaurant, they have pet-friendly rooms complete with pet beds and bowls for your doggos comfort. They even have a bespoke pet-friendly menu at their Leopard Bar, which means your pet can be treated like the royalty that they are.

Location: Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–10h30 | 12h30–1h30 | 18h00–22h00
Contact: 021 437 9029  | Facebook | Instagram

La Belle Bistro & Patisserie

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La Belle Bistro & Patisserie also offers that perfect Sunday afternoon combination of prom walk with the dogs and then breakfast. The best of both worlds really.

Location: Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00–23h00
Contact: 021 437 1278  | Facebook | Instagram


Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside at Kleinsky’s, which means you can plan a prom walk and stop off for their famous latke Benedict or a bagel with schmear.

Location: 92 Regent Road, Sea Point
Hours: Mon: 08h00–16h00 | Tues-Fri: 08h00–21h00 | Sat-Sun: 08h00–15h00
Contact: 021 433 2871  | Facebook | Instagram

Bootlegger Coffee Company

These guys have become an institution in Cape Town and you’ll find them in almost every suburb you travel to. This means there are plenty of places you can take your pooch for your daily brekkie, lunch or a yummy puppuccino. Their HQ is in Sea Point but check out their website to see where you can find a Bootlegger near you.

Location: 39 Regent Road, Sea Point
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 06h30–22h00 | Fri: 06h30–23h00 | Sat: 07h30–23h00 | Sun: 07h30–22h00
Contact: 021 434 0060  | Facebook | Instagram

Strolla Restaurant & Bar

Strolla is a small Sea Point bar and sunny outdoor location that welcomes your pets, post a promenade walk. Pop in for a cold beer and some tapas snacks under the shade of the umbrellas.

Location: 309 Beach Rd, Sea Point
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–19h00 (Café) | 07h00–23h00 (Restaurant) | 11h00-23h00 (Bar)
Contact: 021 430 7778  | Facebook | Instagram

Caffe Neo

Close proximity to the promenade, you can head over after your walk for breakfast, brunch, or lunch at Caffe Neo. The best part is that dogs are allowed inside and water bowls are happily provided on request.

Location: 129 Beach Rd, Mouille Point
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–19h00
Contact: 021 433 0849  | Facebook

Kanéla Café

This buzzing spot and dog-friendly restaurant caters to all your vegan, vegetarian and gluten- free needs. Aesthetically pleasing food like their Cosmic Cacao smoothie bowls, latte art drinks and wholesome meals with greens in abundance, makes this the ideal spot for a catch-up with friends.

Location: 78 Regent Rd, Sea Point
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00–15h00
Contact: 066 251 7761


Radisson Red

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Radisson Red has a warm-welcome policy for our fur babies so you can bring them along for your holiday or for lunch! Dogs can even stay over!

Location: Silo 6, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront
Contact: 087 086 1578  | Facebook | Instagram

Blouberg & Melkbosstrand

Catch some brekkie with your best friend at these spots.

Reload Café Bar & Artisan Pizza

Reload Café is perfect if you want to enjoy a wholesome breakfast, like Turkish Eggs or need your coffee fix. Owner and ex-barista, Kilaan, makes sure that customers have a great selection of single origin coffees to choose from. Word has it that their sourdough pizza is pretty good, especially their slow roasted Jack Daniels pulled pork.

Location: Leadville Dog Park, 14 Leadville Way, Sunningdale, Blouberg
Hours: Mon: 10h00–20h00 | Tues & Wed: 10h00–20h30 | Thurs & Fri: 10h00–21h00 | Sat: 08h00–20h30 | Sun: 09h00–19h30
Contact: 0874 700 276 | Facebook | Instagram

Damhuis Restaurant

Recently voted Kfm’s Best Pet-friendly Eatery, Damhuis Restaurant, is the ideal spot for a family breakfast after a lovely beach stroll. We’d recommend their Poached Eggs Hollandaise and anything seafood – you can’t go wrong with it. If you’re worried about getting back home for feeding time, they have a dedicated doggo menu that your pooch will love.

Location: 32 Beach Rd, Melkbosstrand
Hours: Tues-Sun: 09h00–23h00
Contact: 021 553 0093 | Facebook | Instagram

Cape Peninsula

Explore these dog-friendly restaurants along the Peninsula.

Olympia Café – Kalk Bay

The iconic café in Kalk Bay is nearly overrun with dogs – the owner’s included. We love being able to stop past for some mussels after a dog walk on the beach. One of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town.

Location: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–22h00 (Deli Restaurant) | Mon-Sun: 06h30–19h00 (Bakery Shop)
Contact: 021 788 6396  | Facebook | Instagram

Massimo’s Italian Restaurant

Massimo’s welcomes the entire family, including your four-legged members. They’re also one of the few dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town with a special menu just for your pooch. If that’s not a next-level dog-friendly restaurant, we don’t know what is!

Location: Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay Rd, Hout Bay
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12h00–21h00
Contact: 021 790 5648  | Facebook | Instagram

Aegir Project Brewery

If you’re after a craft brew and want your pooch to tag along head to Noordhoek to Aegir Project Brewery. Not only are they serving up amazing beers and seriously delicious gourmet rolls but your pooch can sit outside with you under the shade of the canopy of trees. Aegir the Ridgeback is usually found wandering around the brewery, so make sure your hound is good with other dogs.

Location:  65 Beach Road, Noordhoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00–23h00
Contact: 066 587 9324  | Facebook | Instagram

The Foodbarn Café & Tapas

Franck Dangereux has never been known for pretence, and though his restaurant may serve up some seriously refined food, it still welcomes dogs.

Location: Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane
Hours: Mon-Sun: from 08h00
Contact: 021 789 1390  | Facebook | Instagram

The Toad in the Village

Neighbouring Foodbarn and just as dog-friendly, is The Toad, where you can spend an entire afternoon with family members – including the furry ones.

Location: Village Ln & Noordhoek Mani Rd, Noordhoek
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12h00–23h00
Contact: 021 789 2973  | Facebook

The ‘Burbs

Enjoy a coffee and bite in the ‘burbs with your doggie.

Chardonnay Deli

This beautiful deli offers some of the most delicious treats, available for takeaway. Should you want to sit down at the cafe, you and your doggo are more than welcome to.

Location: 87 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–18h00
Contact: 021 795 0606  | Facebook | Instagram

The Gardener’s Cottage Restaurant

This hidden gem at Montebello in Newlands is a great spot if you’re going out for a walk or hike with your dog in that neck of the woods. Gardener’s Cottage serves up great breakfasts and eggs Benny. Sit under the shade of the trees while you enjoy a lovely meal. Make sure to keep your pooch on a leash.

Location: Montebello Design Centre, Newlands Ave, Newlands
Hours: Tues-Sat: 08h00–16h30 | Sun: 08h30–16h30 | Closed Mon
Contact: 021 689 3158 | Facebook | Instagram

Café du Cap

Believe it or not, Cape Town’s most celebrated gourmet French café, Café du Cap, is also dog-friendly!

Location: Shop 1, Kildare Centre Corner, Kildare Rd and Main St, Newlands
Hours: Mon-Fri: 07h00–21h00 | Sat: 08h00–21h00 | Sun: 08h00–15h00
Contact: 021 0548578  | Facebook | Instagram

The Winelands

Going off to the winelands and want to bring your pooch along? Here are some spots…

Altydgedacht Wine Farm

Wine tasting can often mean you’re out of the house for hours, which can be tricky when you have a pup at home to worry about. Thankfully, Altydgedacht allows dogs on their farm,  so you don’t have to rush your tasting session.

Location: Tygerbergvalley Road, Cape Farms, Durbanville
Hours: Tues-Sat: 11h00–18h00 | Closed Sun & Mon
Contact: 021 976 1295  | Facebook | Instagram

Warwick Wine Farm

Grab a picnic basket, a spot out on the grass and your hound and you’re all set for a great day at Warwick. Doesn’t hurt that their wine is tip-top, too.

Location: R44, Stellenbosch
Hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00–17h00
Contact: 021 884 4410  | Facebook | Instagram


Try these pet-friendly markets for a spot of weekend fun.

Root 44 Market Stellenbosch

Whether you’re looking for good food, music, a beer or two, Root 44 is where it’s at. They have a great selection of food from burgers to salads to sushi and if you’re craving something sweet, their pastries and baked goods are just as delicious. We love that this market has a pet-friendly policy, as long as you make sure to keep your pooch on a lead.

Location: Corner of R44 and Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch
Hours: Sat & Sun: 09h00–17h00
Contact: 021 300 3935 | Facebook | Instagram

Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Atlantic Seaboard

Nothing beats a day spent at the market, be it with family or friends. There’s plenty of stalls to keep your stomach satisfied and beautiful trinkets and boutique stalls too. They also have a lovely vegetable market with fresh produce if you need to do your weekend grocery shopping. Kids will love the yummy treats and the doggos will love the fresh air.

Location: Haul Road, Granger Bay Blvd, V&A Waterfront
Hours: Sat: 08h15–14h00 | Sun: 09h00–14h00
Contact: 083 628 3426 | Facebook | Instagram

Know of some cool dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town? Leave us a comment or email and we’ll add you to the list.

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