13 August 2022

A guide to pet-friendly places to dine at in Canberra

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Oreo and Laura

Region Media’s content coordinator Laura Liu with her furry best friend, Oreo. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

As a dog is a man’s (or anyone’s) best friend, we decided to put together a list of some of the places where you can eat out with your furry four-legged friend in Canberra.

Whether you want to dine outdoors at a restaurant, cafe or bar, we’ve got you sorted!

From open space to run around freely, to nicely landscaped grassed areas, puppy drinking stations and more, some cafes even offer puppaccinos (aka pup-friendly cappuccinos) and puppy muesli bowls – so there are options for everyone!

We’ve included our top pics from Kingston, Kaleen, Holt, Barton, Narrabundah, Franklin, Curtin, Campbell, Evatt, Gowrie, Manuka, Deakin, Symonston, Cook, Farrer, Griffith and Fyshwick.

The Dock – Kingston Foreshore is the perfect place to take your four-legged friend! Photo: The Dock, Instagram.

The Dock

Where: 7/81 Giles Street, Kingston.

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:30 am – 12 am; Tuesday from 4 pm – 11 pm.

bunny beans

Even in Holt, there are pooch-friendly cafes to go to with your furry pal. Photo: Bunny Beans Cafe, Facebook.

Bunny Beans Cafe

Where: Unit 16/64 Hardwick Crescent, Holt

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm.

Kita Kafe

Kita’s recently refurbished outdoor area is perfect for pups. Photo: Kita, Facebook.

Kita Narrabundah

Where: 59 Boolimba Cres, Narrabundah

Opening Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 6 am – 6 pm; Friday, 6 pm – 12 am; Saturday 12 am – 12 pm and 6 pm to 12 am; and Sunday 12 am – 12 pm.

puddle cafe

Pancakes with your pup, anyone? Photo: Puddle Cafe, Facebook.

Puddle Cafe

Where: 113/227 Flemington Road, Franklin

Opening Hours: Open Wednesday to Friday, 7:30 am – 2 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 2 pm.

outdoor cafe seating

You might not be able to dine inside, but Two Blind Mice has plenty of space outside for you and your furry friend to enjoy. Two Blind Mice, Curtin. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Two Blind Mice

Where: 6/44 Curtin Place, Curtin

Opening Hours: From 11:30 am to 12 am seven days a week.

teddy picker's cafe

All you need is a good coffee and your furry friend at Teddy Picker’s in Campbell. Photo: Teddy Picker’s Cafe and Eatery, Facebook.

Teddy Picker’s Cafe & Eatery

Where: 53/65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 6:30 am – 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 1 pm.

ruby's café and bar

Ruby’s even has its own puppy muesli bowls. Photo: Ruby’s Cafe and Bar, Facebook.

Ruby’s Cafe and Bar

Where: 2 Heydon Place, Evatt

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 2:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am – 2:30 pm.

XO Restaurant

Who would’ve thought you could go to a restaurant with your puppy? Photo: XO Restaurant, Facebook.

XO Restaurant

Where: 16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah

Opening Hours: Lunch – Tuesday to Friday, 12 – 2 pm; dinner – Monday to Friday, 6 – 10 pm.

walt and burely

Directly opposite Walt and Burley you’ll find a park, with plenty of benches and trees, for your doggie to run around freely. Photo: Walt and Burley, Facebook.

Walt and Burley

Where: 70/17 Eastlakes Parade, Kingston

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 am – 12 am; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 12 pm.

uandco cafe

A nice breakfast in the sun with your furry friend sounds like the perfect end to the week. Photo: UandCO Cafe, Facebook.

UandCO Cafe

Where: Unit 7 Gwydir Square, Kaleen

Opening Hours: Seven days a week from 6 am to 3 pm.


At Magoo’s in Kingston, you can enjoy a cold beer or a cocktail and the lake views at sunset with your pup. Photo: Magoo’s, Facebook.

Magoo’s Cafe and Bar

Where: 27 Eastlake Parade, Kingston

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 11:30 pm.

bean and table

Bean and Table in Kingston is a great spot to bring the whole family, including the dog. Photo: Bean and Table, Facebook.

Bean and Table

Where: 3/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston

Opening Hours: From 6 am to 3 pm seven days a week.


There’s nothing better than a morning coffee and breakfast in the sun after a relaxing walk with your dog by the foreshore in Kingston. Photo: Bittersweet, Facebook.

Bittersweet Cafe

Where: Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre Street, Kingston

Opening Hours: From 7 am to 3 pm seven days a week.

common grounds

Common Grounds in Gowrie even has a puppuccino on the menu, especially made for dogs. Photo: Common Grounds Gowrie, Facebook.

Common Grounds Gowrie

Where: 4/1 Jeffries Street, Gowrie

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am – 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 2 pm.

local press cafe

Get the kettle brewing for tea for two with your furry friend at Local Press in Kingston. Photo: Local Press Cafe, Facebook.

Local Press Cafe

Where: On The Water, 35 Eastlake Parade, Kingston

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 7:30 am – 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 5 pm.

doubleshot deakin

Who said coffee was just for humans? Photo: Doubleshot Deakin, Facebook.

Doubleshot Deakin

Where: Shop/7 Hopetoun Circuit, Deakin

Opening Hours: From 6 am – 2 pm seven days a week.

beef and barley

Walks and burgers by the lake is a relaxing way to end a busy working day. Photo: Beef and Barley, Facebook.

Beef and Barley Kingston

Where: Kingston Foreshore & Eyre Street, Kingston

Opening Hours: Monday, 4:30 – 8:30 pm; Tuesday to Thursday, 11 am – 8:30 pm; Friday, 11 am – 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 9 pm.

Red Baron Canberra

There’s plenty of grass for your dog to roam around on while you enjoy a nice lunch in Symonston. Photo: Red Baron Canberra, Facebook.

Red Baron

Where: 2 Faulding Street, Symonston

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 3 pm.

penny university

Penny University has plenty of space to bring your dogs and enjoy a morning or lunchtime outing in Kingston. Photo: Penny University, Facebook.

Penny University

Where: 15 Kennedy Street, Kingston

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 3 pm.

little oink

Why not make a pit stop with your four-legged friend and have a quick cuppa at Little Oink in Cook? Photo: Little Oink, Facebook.

Little Oink

Where: 22 Cook Place, Cook

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 3 pm.

the cupping room

Sharing is caring at The Cupping Room … even with your pup. Photo: The Cupping Room, Facebook.

The Cupping Room

Where: 1/1-13 University Avenue, Canberra

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am – 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm

fox and bow cafe

What better way to kick off the weekend than to grab a hot drink with the kids and walk the family dog. Photo: Fox and Bow Cafe, Facebook.

Fox and Bow Cafe

Where: 4 Farrer Pl, Farrer

Opening Hours: Open seven days a week from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm


Caphs has been a hot spot in Manuka for the past 30 years. Photo: Caphs, Facebook.

Caphs Cafe, Bar and Restaurant

Where: 36 Franklin Street, Griffith

Opening Hours: From 7 am to 9 pm seven days a week

7th and bake

7th & Bake is the place to be for dogs in Kingston. Photo: 7th & Bake Patisserie Cafe, Facebook.

7th & Bake Patisserie Cafe

Where: 144/41 Eastlake Parade, Kingston

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Outdoor seating

Photos: Thomas Lucraft.

Capital Brewing Co

Where: Building 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick

Opening Hours: Sunday and Monday, 11: 30 am – 8 pm; Tuesday to Thursday, 11: 30 am – 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11: 30 am – 10 pm

patissez cafe

Photo: Patissez Cafe, Facebook.

Patissez Cafe

Where: 21 Bougainville Street, Griffith

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm


Mocan & Green Grout’s outdoor dining area is ideal for you and your pup. Photo: Bronwen Jones.

Mocan and Green Grout

Where: 1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

Opening Hours: From 7 am to 4 pm seven days a week

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