There are some great dog friendly cafés in Canberra! We’re long-term Canberra locals who love stopping at a café for a coffee at the end of an energetic walk with our dog.
After years of careful (and enjoyable) research, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Canberra cafés that welcome well-behaved dogs. Most also have good coffee!
These cafés make our favourites list because they have dog friendly outdoor spaces (that means both sunny and shady options and sufficient space around tables), they have a welcoming vibe, and their staff are even happy to bring out water for your dog. They are also in great dog walking neighbourhoods featuring off leash areas so you can go for a good walk and tire out your dog first.
Of course your dog should also be ‘café friendly’. See our blog on appropriate dog cafe etiquette and how to cafe train your dog to be the perfect four-legged patron at Training your cafe friendly dog.
A model of cafe etiquette!
Here’s our favourite Canberra dog friendly cafés in alphabetical order by suburb location (see location map below):
Hello Café in Blamey Place, Campbell shops, is a cheerful, friendly neighbourhood café with pleasant outdoor tables. Hello proprietors welcome patrons of all sorts and offer a variety of substantial, tasty meals and tempting sweet offerings. Open for breakfast and lunch from 7.00 am every day except Sunday. Check out free directions for a dog friendly walk in Campbell - Campbell walk – that starts and ends at the Campbell shops.
Hello Café, Campbell shops
Red Brick Espresso, cnr Carruthers and Theodore Streets, Curtin, is a delight. This very popular hole-in-the wall brims with enthusiasm about life, the universe – and coffee. There are only a small number of outside tables but milk crates provide for overflow customers. Dogs (and kids) love the grassy outdoor space. Open every day with simple breakfast and lunch offerings. Check out free directions for two dog friendly walks in Curtin - Curtin playing fields and Curtin horse paddock walks – that start and end at the Curtin shops.
Redbrick Espresso, Curtin
210 Degrees Bakery and Patisserie, on Hughes Place at the Hughes shops, has a pleasant and comfortable outdoor seating area for dogs. The chocolate croissants are delicious and front-of-house man, Tim, makes a nice coffee. Open early for fresh bakery goods and simple lunches Monday to Saturday plus breakfast options on Saturday. Check out free directions for a dog friendly in Hughes - Hughes walk – that starts and ends at the Hughes shops.
210 Degrees Bakery and Patisserie, Hughes
BitterSweet, in Green Square, cnr Jardine and Eyre Streets, Kingston, is right in the centre of Green Square with plenty of generously spaced outdoor tables. Serves good coffee, breakfast and lunch every day from around 7.30. Check out free directions for a dog friendly walk through Kingston and Griffith - Kingston-Griffith walk – that starts and ends at the Kingston shops.
The Front Gallery and Café, on Wattle Street at the Lyneham shops, is an über-cool, Newtown-Essenden-inspired café. The Front boasts ancient outdoor sofas utilised by both two-legged and four-legged patrons. Good coffee and neighbourhood vibe. Usually open every day for breakfast and lunch. Check out free directions for a dog friendly walk through Lyneham and O-Connor - Lyneham-O’Connor walk – that starts and ends at the Lyneham shops.
The Front Gallery and Cafe, Lyneham
Beess & Co on the corner of Hutchins and Bentham Streets at the Yarralumla shops boasts a spacious, shady location under an enormous plane tree. Its outdoor tables provide ample space for four-legged friends. It’s very popular with locals so you may need to arrive early or book a table to ensure a spot. We’re not a fan of the coffee but many people love its food. Open every day from 7.00 am (8.00 on Sundays) for breakfast and lunch. Check out free directions for a dog friendly walk in Yarralumla - Yarralumla walk – that starts and ends at the Yarralumla shops.