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The round up: grab a bite with your pooch these dog-friendly Gold Coast cafes

The round up: grab a bite with your pooch these dog-friendly Gold Coast cafes

It’s a Saturday morning and you walk out the door to go and enjoy a delicious breakfast and coffee, when you look back and see those puppy dog eyes. It's totally heartbreaking, right? Here’s the thing, we reckon dogs shouldn't have to miss on the fun just because they're a little on the hairy side. So, if after a long week at work you just want to spend your weekend sipping lattes with your pooch, then this is for you. We’ve rounded up the Gold Coast’s best dog-friendly cafes that will welcome your four-legged furry friends.


Raw Espresso, Southport: This is where all the cutest puppy gangs hang out. There is a special ‘paws menu’ available every day, and you’ll often spot some of the coast’s Insta-famous pups here sniffing out the popular doggie sundaes, which come with scoops of dog-friendly ice-cream topped with coconut yoghurt, crispy bacon and a freshly baked doggy biscuit.

Parc Bah Espresso, Southport: You and your pooch will absolutely love hanging here – there is a very well curated doggie menu with delicious lickables like dog biscuits, dog-friendly ice-cream in various flavours and puppycinos. It’s located directly opposite Ron Short Park in Southport, so you’ll be able to work in a ball-throwing sesh before your coffee date. What a dream spot.

LeanChef Kitchn, Chevron Island: Here you’ll find a special ‘dog parking’ bay so your pooch can hang in the sunshine while you tuck into delicious eats like breakfast gnocchi (complete with scrambled eggs) and paleo bowls brimming with purple cauliflower and kale chips.

Zi Espresso, Southport: This popular Southport caffeine hub loves the pups. The team here serves puppycinos with doggie biscuit on the side and have filtered water readily available for the furry friends.

Quade & Co, Miami: Nab a spot outside at this Miami caffeine hub, and you and your pooch will be met with open arms, top-notch coffee and bottomless stainless steel bowls of water.

Burleigh Social, Burleigh: Your pooch can bask in the sunshine while you devour an ice-cold smoothie bowl or tuck in to some smashed avo and haloumi. This is a popular spot for both humans and four-legged friends, and there’s plenty of doggie water to go around.

Double Barrel Kitchen, Mermaid Waters: This neighbourhood hang in the backstreets of Mermaid Beach is the go-to for coffee, eats and daytime vibes. Both you and your pup will be most content with caffeine, snacks and fresh-baked doggie biscuits. Just don’t get those biscuits confused with your own.

Cafe Catalina, Southport: Adjoined to the Southport pool overlooking the broadwater, you and your dog can hang out on the lawn area at Catalina at any time of day. The popular outdoor grassed area is complete with beanbags, umbrellas and timber tables so it’s the perfect spot for coffee or cocktails in the sun (go for an espresso martini if you can’t decide between the two).

Paradox Coffee Roasters, Surfers Paradise: Located in the bustling The 4217 precinct, Paradox Coffee Roasters’ adjoining outdoor balcony area is pet-friendly. The coffee here is less about churn-and-burn and more about sitting and savouring, so you’ll be happy to know you can enjoy the Paradox experience with your pooch. The lovely crew will also provide doggie water and they’re known to do the odd puppycino on occasion.

Bumbles Cafe, Budds Beach: The much-loved Bumbles is located right on the pristine Budds Beach, so you can relax with your pooch at your side. The dogs are sorted with water and shade, so you can soak up the million-dollar views while you sip your flat white.

Always remember your doggie bags when you’re out and about (no, not the delicious take-home doggie bag – the other kind).

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