HOT DOG SPOTS - MELBOURNE'S DOG FRIENDLY LEISURE CULTURE
Big brekkies and great coffee. It’s the holy grail for Melbournians and boy are we proud of our buzzing food culture; our top spots to go, anywhere that comes with a side of pooches. We relish the opportunity to spend leisurely time with our loved ones by our side, so we’ve compiled our 2018 Hot Dog Spots to make your brunch brighter and barkier. Our search is out-of-the-box and sometimes off the beaten track, take a tour around parts of Melbourne where you can chill, wine and dine, with your puppy pals.
DOGHOUSE – Collingwood
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We’d be amiss not to start with Australia’s first ever doggo dedicated café (it’s human friendly too). Along with a grooming service and dog products sold in store, you can order raw meat and dog muffins straight off the menu or order a fresh juice for yourself. In the back courtyard... it’s a puppy pack paradise.
195 Johnston Street Collingwood
WOVEN CAFÉ - Yarraville
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Yarraville has surpassed its hidden-gem-up-and-coming status for its vibing café and restaurant strip, and is now a staple worth the weekend drive, for those having to cross the bridge. Woven Café’s attractive brick façade and shaded roomy tables along the nature strip are welcome for your doggies to sit and mingle. Munch on Matcha Waffles or a clean Veg Poké Bowl and have friendly staff bring your pooch a fresh bowl of water.
175b Stephen Street, Yarraville
FAIRFIELD PARK BOATHOUSE – Fairfield
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The historic spot along the Yarra River might not house your turmeric lattes and your organic sustainable superfood salads, but it’s a luxe lunch spot of a different kind. With old fashioned sundaes and shakes, fresh air and ample space for your doggos to roam; this landmark is a treat. Make a day of it exploring the natural surroundings and test your puppy’s poise on a kayak or canoeing adventure along the Yarra – they’re welcome on the Fairfield boats so “Sail away with me Doggy...”.
Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield
MADAME BRUSSELS – Melbourne City
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Madame Brussels is one of our most beloved cocktail bars in Melbourne’s CBD so our ears pricked right up when we discovered that doggos can share the rooftop view too. With their chic and cheeky garden party décor you can sip on one of their signature drinks while your best bud basks by your side on the terrace. À votre santé!
Level 3, 59-63 Bourke Street, Melbourne
NEIGHBOURS CAFÉ – St Kilda
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Remote workers rejoice! We’ve found your weekday sanctuary where you can bury yourself in your laptop while your pooch buries a bone in the patch of grass beside you. From their street view you wouldn’t know that behind the graffitied walls of Neighbours Café nestles a lush courtyard where dogs are welcomed with smiles and lots of pats and cuddles from other friendly dog owners. Well everybody needs a good neighbour, right?
42 Chapel Street, St Kilda
WELCOME TO THORNBURY – Northcote
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Pop -up food trucks are a Melbourne summer highlight so when Welcome To Thornbury opened a permanent food truck station for people and their pups, our mouths were watering and tails wagging. You can hang with your best mates (the human and furry kind) in the beer garden, try food from a huge variety of rotating trucks and soak in the atmosphere, they even advertise a dedicated ‘GOOD DOGS OF DAREBIN’ day... can we get a WOOF WOOF!?
520 High Street, Northcote
REPUBLIK OF ELWOOD – Elwood
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If all dogs go to heaven, then heaven’s name is the Republik of Elwood. The owners are dog lovers, the customers are dog lovers, their homepage reads ‘The best dog friendly bar in Elwood’, need we bark on? This no-nonsense dog pub is an Aussie delight with doggy snacks replacing cookie jars on the bar, a wall dedicated to plastering polaroids of pups called ‘Woofing Wall of Fame’ and a sunny back courtyard to have a couple of beers with your buddies. Frankly, we think this is a doggy bar disguised with humans, and we love it!
97 Brighton Road, Elwood