Let’s face it; our dogs are like family, so in our minds they should be able to go anywhere and everywhere with us! Sadly, not everyone thinks the same way we do and so we’re left with no choice but to seek out dog-friendly spots that love our furry friends just as much as we do. But, wouldn’t it be great to have an easy reference list, filled with loads of great eateries you can visit with your dog, on hand at all times? Well, now you do! We’ve put together this handy dandy list of restaurants that welcome dogs with open arms. Here are our picks for 35 dog-friendly spots in Johannesburg.
2B Cuisine: Pop in for brunch with your pooch, all dogs are welcome!
Epsom Downs Shopping Centre, Corner William Nicol Drive and Sloane Street, Bryanston, Sandton | 011 4630571.
Doppio Zero: Dogs are welcome to sit outside on the patio with their owners.
Gleneagles Road, Greenside | 011 6468740.
Hudsons: Dogs and owners can enjoy lunch on the patio of this gourmet burger spot.
Corner 4th Avenue & 14th Street, Parkhurst | 011 2680713.
Possum’s on Burnside: Dogs are free to explore and wander at this unique spot in Craighall.
6 Burnside Avenue, Craighall, Johannesburg | 011 3263970.
Mrs Sippi Blues: This eatery with views of the water offers dogs water bowls and special biscuit treats!
Gillooly’s Farm, 47 Boeing Road West, Bedfordview | 011 4535759.
The Stables Country Pub: This quaint country pub offers water bowls for dogs as well as six acres to explore. Dogs must be on a leash.
25 Nanyuki Road, Sunninghill, Sandton | 011 2025057.
Under the Trees: This spot in the Schaffler’s Nursery treats dogs a special little bite while their owners eat.
28 Johannesburg Road, Lyndhurst, Johannesburg | +27 875509141.
Bread & Roses Bistro: Dogs get free bowls of water at this beautiful spot.
Corner Of 4th Avenue & 7th Street, Melville | 011 4821858.
Café Hemingways: Dogs are served a bowl of water and a treat at this eclectic spot.
Kyalami Downs Shopping Centre, Corner of Forssmann Close & Dytchley Road, Kyalami, Midrand | 011 4660195.
Voodoo Lily Lounge: Serving organic and sustainable eats and treats, Voodoo Lily offers dog’s their own menu.
64 St. Andrews Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, NearIllovo, Sandton | 011 4426965.
Nice on 4th: Known for the epic breakfast, Nice is also pet-friendly if you sit outside.
37, Corner 4th Avenue and 14th Street, Parkhurst | 011 7886286.
Patisserie de Paris: This lovely little French spot offers plenty of outside seating space for owners with pets.
9 Mackay Avenue, Blairgowrie | 011 3260913.
The Secret Garden: Dogs are more than welcome at this garden spot!
Uncle Tim’s Centre, 40 High Road, Brentwood Park | +27 875503516.
Anderson’s Nursery and Coffee Shop: This spacious eatery is perfect for diners with dogs!
10 Grant Avenue, Norwood | 011 4830744.
Miss Grace country Food House: Have a quiet afternoon having lunch with your pooch at this beautiful spot.
Plot 152, R550 Kliprivier Rd, Eikenhof | 011 9486001.
Beerhouse: There’s a huge outdoor seating area at this spot so your dog can join you while you sip on a craft brew!
Corner Witkoppen Road and 1 Sunset Ave, Fourways | 011 4652402.
Vovo Telo: If you love freshly baked eats and treats then this is the spot for you… and your pup!
Cobbles Centre, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst | +27 878086063.
Full Stop Cafe: This spot is a great place to chill out with your dog, especially in summer!
50, 7th AvenueParktown North, Parktown North | 011 8804649.
Espresso Caffe and Bistro: A firm favourite with locals and pet owners, the coffee here is superb!
23A, Corner 10th Street, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst | 011 4478700.
Arbour Cafe & Courtyard: This French creperie has a beautiful courtyard just begging you to visit with your dog.
Wrenrose Court, 64 St Andrew Street, Corner Wrenrose Road, Birdhaven, Illovo, Sandton | 011 7884111.
Stanley Beer Yard: Another great spot to grab a brew with your pooch!
44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark | 011 4825791.
Soul Souvlaki: Dogs are welcome at this hip and happening inner-city spot.
Maboneng Precinct, Maverick Corner, 18 Albrecht Steet | +27 723000896.
Eat Your Heart Out: With Jewish-inspired eats and a dog-friendly vibe, you can’t go wrong with this spot.
Corner of Fox Street and Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct | +27 725860600.
Juno & Co: This spot offers a harvest table and a peaceful, dog-friendly atmosphere.
Northlands Corner, Corner of Newmarket Road and Witkoppen Road, North Riding | +27 824449441.
Huckleberry’s Restaurant: This family-friendly, relaxed spot is a great place for dog owners to unwind.
Corner of Florence Ribeiro & Nicolson Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria | 012 3464588.
Tashas: Dogs are allowed to join their owners at the outside seating area provided they are on a leash.
Design Square Brooklyn, Shop 27, Corner of Bronkhorst and Veal, Brooklyn | 012 4602951.
Afro-boer: This spot allows all types of dogs as long as they are on a leash.
1 Meerlust Road, Equestria, Pretoria | 012 8073099.
Café Riche: Your and your pet can settle on the stoep area and enjoy a cup of tea and a scone.
2 Church Square, CBD, Pretoria | 012 3283173.
Carlton Café Delicious: With a beautiful stoep area this is the ideal spot to take four-legged friend.
Menlo Park Shopping Centre, 71 13th street, Menlo Park, Near, Lynnwood, Pretoria | 012 4607996.
Red Tomato Supper Club and Guest House: The owners of this spot are animal lovers of note so dogs are certainly welcome – provided they can get along with Red Tomato’s furry residents, of course.
345 Mentz Street, Pretoria | 076 117 4914.
Ginger and Fig: This trendy Pretoria eatery offers bowls of water for furry friends.
Shop 5, Brooklyn Centre, 751 Jan Shoba Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria | 012 3625926.
Ginger & Fig: While dogs aren’t allowed inside this trendy spot they are welcome to join you in the outside eating area!
Brooklyn Centre, 751 Jan Shoba Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria | 012 362 5926.
Have we left out your favourite pet-friendly spot in Joburg? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Please note: While these eateries are known to be dog-friendly we can’t guarantee that all of these places will welcome your furry friend with open arms. If in doubt, always phone and double check with the restaurant first.