There are some wonderful dog friendly cafés in Canberra! Here's information about our very favourites that make you and your furry best friend welcome.
These cafés make our favourites list from a doggy perspective 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. Most cafés are in super dog walking neighbourhoods featuring off leash areas. Our favourites also have great coffee!
Here's our recommended Canberra dog friendly cafés (including one across the border in Queanbeyan) listed in alphabetical order by suburb location. Click on the title to see more or just scroll down. There's also a location map at the end.
If you'd like some advice about dog-related café etiquette and how to café train your dog to be the perfect four-legged patron, go to our blog Training your café friendly dog.
Aranda - Two Before Ten
Barton - Little Bird
Campbell - The Peddlar and Teddy Pickers
Curtin - Red Brick Espresso
Farrer - Fox and Bow
Gowrie - Common Ground
Kaleen - Eat Me Drink Me
Kambah - Biginelli's
Kingston - BitterSweet
Lyneham - The Front
Queanbeyan - Millhouse Café
Watson - The Knox
Canberra dog friendly café locations
A magnet for serious coffee drinkers and a welcome oasis in Belconnen surburbia, Two Before Ten welcomes dog-accompanied patrons. It offers water bowls, coffee-sack ground 'dog-blankets', and two options for outdoor dog friendly seating: a row of spacious outdoor tables under a south facing deep eave is a perfect spot in the heat of summer; and a courtyard around the side provides sunnier seating in cooler weather. Two Before Ten is open for breakfast and lunch every day. Check out our great dog friendly Aranda walk that starts and ends here.
This friendly, efficient café serving great coffee is typical of the new look Barton - no longer a soulless office precinct abandoned on the weekend. Little Bird boasts a generous outdoor area perfect for dogs that catches the morning sun but provides good shade midday and afternoon. Open for delicious breakfasts and lunches every day. There are no off leash areas nearby but beautiful on leash walks only 5 minutes walk away at Lake Burley Griffin and the National Gallery's sculpture garden.
The Pedlar and Teddy Picker's - cnr Constitution Avenue and Creswell Street, Campbell
Campbell's hit a double goal with this duo of fabulous establishments - right next to each other and both incredibly welcoming to dogs and their owners. Teddy Picker's focuses on traditional café fare and The Pedlar - describing itself as a pub - provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, smoothies, wine, beer and cocktails. With two great places to choose from, there's always a perfect dog friendly table, either sunny in winter or shady in summer. Teddy Picker's and The Pedlar are open every day early. Check out our great dog friendly Campbell walk that starts and ends at the nearby Campbell shops.
The Red Brick Espresso café is very popular with locals and brimming with enthusiasm about life, the universe - and coffee. There's a good choice of outdoor tables but milk crates provide for overflow customers. Dogs love the grassy outdoor space. Open every day with simple breakfast and lunch offerings. Check out our great dog friendly Curtin playing fields, Curtin horse paddock and Curtin pram friendly walks that start and end at the Curtin shops.
Yes, another café in Woden that actually services good coffee! The tiny Farrer shops punches above its weight hosting this café and two other good restaurants. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, popular Fox and Bow has several outdoor tables in both sun and shade, plus a milk crate overflow area against a very cool Bansky-like graffiti-covered wall. Check out our great dog friendly Farrer-Mawson walk that starts and ends at the Farrer shops.
Common Grounds is a stand-out in beautiful Tuggeranong serving good coffee, breakfast and lunch every day except Monday. It has plenty of outdoor tables for four legged patrons - a couple out front and a large number at the rear where you can also enjoy the Brindabella Mountains views. It's very popular with locals so you'll need to get in early on the weekend. Check out our great dog friendly Gowrie-Fadden walk that starts and ends at the Gowrie shops.
A little neighbourhood café with friendly and enthusiastic staff, Eat Me Drink Me provides outdoor tables and some comfy couches in a sheltered spot next to one of the Kaleen Plaza entrances. Open for breakfast and lunch until 4.30 pm every day. Check out our great dog friendly Kaleen-Giralang walk that starts and ends at the Kaleen shops.
A desperately needed oasis in suburban Kambah, hole-in-the-wall Biginelli's offers a long row of sheltered outside dog-friendly tables, plus extras under a large plane tree providing good shade in summer. The delicious home made Italian inspired offerings are difficult to resist. Open for breakfast and lunch most days, and also one night a week for special pizza dinners. Check out our great dog friendly and pram friendly Kambah walk that includes Biginelli's en route.
Right in the centre of Green Square, BitterSweet is one of the reasons we prefer the vibe at the Kingston shops rather than the Kingston foreshore. It has plenty of generously spaced outdoor tables, an overflow lawn area, and very friendly dog-loving staff. Serves good coffee, breakfast and lunch every day. Check out our great dog friendly Kingston-Griffith walk and Kingston pram friendly walk that start and end at the Kingston shops.
An über-cool, Newtown-Essenden-inspired café, The Front is super friendly for both two-legged and four-legged patrons. Good coffee, an alternative neighbourhood vibe, and an adjoining gallery featuring local artists. Usually open every day for breakfast and lunch. Check out our great dog friendly Lyneham-O'Connor walk that starts and ends at the Lyneham shops.
Located in the heritage listed old Queanbeyan mill house, the Millhouse Café is the ultimate in dog friendly. Most tables are located in the large garden area with plenty of space for lounging pooches. There's a choice of tables on decking, on comfy astroturf, and even more tables around the corner on real grass under a huge shade tree. Offering delicious breakfast and lunch every day at Queanbeyan prices, it's definitely worth the short drive from Canberra. Open every day from 8.00 am. Check out our great dog friendly Queanbeyan walk that starts and ends in the neighbouring park.
This small but groovy café/bar focusing on locally sourced produce provides dog friendly outdoor tables in a sheltered nook tucked against the local IGA. We've had good experiences here and several locals have urged us to include it in our 'favourites' list. The Knox open every day for breakfast and lunch plus three days a week for dinner - think balmy summer evenings enjoying a cool beer or rosé with your best pooch. Check out our great dog friendly Watson walk that starts and ends at the Watson shops.
Canberra dog friendly café locations
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