Eat Thai, Paddington
The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
Centennial Homestead, Centennial Park
Centennial Homestead, Centennial Park
Fratelli Fresh, Walsh Bay
With endless sunshine and space to roam, Sydney is a dog lover’s haven. If you can’t bear to leave your pooch at home, you don’t really have to: many parks, beaches, cafes and even offices allow dogs. Now, more and more restaurants are flinging open their doors to our furry friends, making the dining out experience even sweeter.
We’ve rounded up the restaurants serving up good food with a side of puppy love. All you need to do is BYOD!
Humans aren’t the only ones that get to enjoy happy hour at Fratelli Fresh. Yappy Hour is the latest weekly event that sees pooches getting pampered with complimentary Aqua Panna water and Bill + Margot doggy treats, every Sunday from 3pm-5pm. During Yappy Hour, $1 from every beer, wine and cocktail sold will be donated to Furry Friends Forever Rescue. More reason to indulge in delicious Italian fare for a good cause!
Alexandria, Crows Nest, Entertainment Quarter, Potts Point, Walsh Bay
Sydney favourite, The Grounds, is a great place to spend the day with friends, family and tail-waggers alike. With it’s signature laid back, organic vibe, this popular inner-west oasis is a produce market, florist, café, restaurant, bar and bakery. All linked by outdoor paths, it is the best place for weekend coffee dates with your pooch.
Building 7A, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
After a day at Coogee Beach, wander over to Love Poke for a bowl of goodness. Every dish is fresh and full of organic fish, seafood, chicken and veggies. The poke bowls are delicious (get the Big Kahuna), and the classic Hawaiian dishes are just as good. Sip on a Hawaiian beer, and stroll along the promenade with your pooch afterwards.
Shop 3, 55 Dudley Street, Coogee
Over in Balmain, this bohemian-chic haunt is the brainchild of MasterChef finalist Jamie Fleming. Set in a Victorian building, the restaurant-slash-bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. The menu is creative and celebrates local produce, and is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side.
1/332 Darling Street, Balmain
When you’re in Wollongong, give your dog the golden treatment at Litani’s, one of the most pet-friendly places on the coast. Score a seat in the alfresco area, and peruse the Mediterranean-Lebanese menu while taking in the street scenes. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday, and has live music on weekends.
120 Corrimal Street, Wollongong
Beautiful nature surrounds Centennial Homestead and it is the perfect place to relax and unwind over a meal. Their traditional home cooked menu is best enjoyed seated outside on the deck, with views across the grounds. Dine on fresh dishes like pan-roasted salmon, mix grain chicken and lamb ragu pappardelle with your four-legged friend in tow.
1 Grand Drive, Centennial Park
A former farmhouse, this Darlinghurst restaurant is rustic, warm and welcoming. The three-level sandstone building is made up of a dining room (featuring a roaring fireplace) and bar, a private dining loft for functions, and a cobblestoned cellar. It’s as charming as it gets. With your pooch in tow sample share plates while watching live music on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
After the success of its North Curl Curl location, Cooh expanded to Alexandria, and the space is lush. When you’re with your furry friend, head to the verandah (dedicated to dogs), and feast on the menu of organic, wholesome dishes. While anything you order will tickle your tastebuds, we can’t go past the Mexican shakshuka, the grilled ocean trout and soba noodles, and the passionfruit cheesecake for dessert.
90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Located in Llankelly Place [link to foodie guide], Wilmer was meant to be a summer pop-up, but was so popular the owners decided to stay a while. Modelled on an Italian trattoria, the chefs make just about everything in-house. The menu changes weekly, so grab an Aperol spritz and a table in the small, dog-friendly area outside, and ask the staff about the specials.
36 Llankelly Place, Potts Point
There’s tapas, and then there’s pintxos: bite-sized morsels of food on toothpicks. It hails from Barcelona, as does the team behind this new Bondi wine bar – this cosy corner spot dishes up Spanish goodness. Inside, you’ll find hand painted Spanish tiles and terracotta walls, while the outdoor area has a case of puppy love.
101 Hall Street, Bondi
With a sweeping back deck, street art and its own basketball court, The Vic is probably the most pet-friendly spot in Sydney. Let your four-legged friend mingle while you soak up the sun and enjoy a craft beer and antipasto board. The pub hosts dog shows and fundraisers all the time, and there’s a park right across the road if your pooch gets restless.
2 Addison Road, Marrickville
74 Rose Street, Chippendale
Known for it’s decadent champagne room, bottomless Bellini’s and chandeliers, The Winery’s luxury is not exclusive to humans. The outdoor laneway, with it’s stunning city views, is completely dog-friendly! Get settled in and take your time perusing the delectable Modern Australian menu. Our favourite pairing; steak frites with a gin-based Giggly Rose. Superb!
285a Crown Street, Surry Hills