There are so many wonderful cafes on the Gold Coast, so it’s no wonder that you’ll often see dog owners out and about enjoying a brunch and relaxing with their puppy pal. To help you in find the best dog-friendly cafes near you, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 20 best dog-loving cafes in and around the Gold Coast. We’ve even done the hard yards and filtered them down by location: Central, Southern, Northern, and the Gold Coast Hinterland.
How did we come up with this list?
We’re glad you asked: We researched the best dog friendly cafes on Google reviews. Only the highest rated cafes made this list. Know of any places we missed? Drop a comment below.
Which area of the Gold Coast are you interested in?
Dog friendly cafes - Central Gold Coast
#1 Café Gold Coast
Café Gold Coast is located in less than 10 minutes’ walk from a dog-friendly park in Labrador and is a wonderful place to have breakfast after you’ve walked your dog. You are guaranteed a delicious breakfast, amazing coffee, great service and to top it off it is decently priced!
Be sure to try their famous Hash Stack which is sure to put you in a delightful carb comma. Luckily, there are plenty of pathways to walk it off with your pooch in tow.
#2 Parcbah Espresso
In the heart of Southport, you’ll find Parc Bah Espresso. This dog friendly café sells doggy delights such as biscuits, ice cream, and puppycinos!
After you have had your caffeine hit be sure to check out Ron Short Park, which features a fantastic dog area and an open park for your dog to roam free.
#3 Le Jardin Café Restaurant
Le Jardin, as the name suggests, is a French inspired café situated in Main Beach. This lavish local has a delightful atmosphere with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Le Jardin is indeed friendly for your four-legged friend. To top it off, there is outstanding coffee and fantastic French fare.
#4 Café 7
Café 7 is ideally located within The Broadwater Parklands and only a short walk from the local dog park. Good food, good coffee and good company is their motto, and that is exactly what you and your dog will receive, based on their recent Google Reviews.
Less than 5 minutes walk from Len Fox park and beach in Labrador is Frigg cafe. After taking your dog for a swim, pop into this joint to enjoy their Friggin’ good grub. Be sure to feast on one of their aptly named “Big Fat Burgers”. You can expect outstanding service, delightful drinks and a sharp sense of humour. Your doggo won’t go thirsty either, with a courtesy dog water bowl on site.
#6 Cabukee Speciality Coffee
Cabukee Speciality Coffee is located in Emerald Lakes and has a large outside area with a gorgeous French provincial vibe. They also cater for your pup courtesy of a water bowl and even a doggy snacks menu! Their food offerings are ever-changing so be sure to check out their socials to see what they have in store.
#7 Thyme Café Bar
If you are looking for a place you can chill and relax with your dog? Thyme Café Bar in Main Beach is a fantastic place for you! They provide amazing meals, tranquil surroundings and helpful staff.
Dog friendly cafes – Southern Gold Coast
#1 Commune Café
Commune Café is very accommodating for dog lovers, with it’s large outdoor space filled with vegetation and antique décor. This lovely local is only a block away from the world-famous Burleigh Beach. With an organic focus, the brunch menu more than holds its own, making it one of the best dog-friendly cafes on the Gold Coast.
#2 The Plantation House Café
The Plantation House Café is located in Burleigh Heads and is an excellent place for you and your fury baby. It has all the ambience that café aficionado could want. With it’s laid-back dog-friendly kerbside setting, and it’s kid-friendly dining space, this spot has the lot.
#3 Kirramisu Café and Restaurant
How about a spot of breakfast after an early morning jog with your puppy pal? Kirramisu is an ideal location to start the day. The staff have been hand-picked to deliver best-in-class customer service. Kirramisu has proudly been serving the locals since 2007 and by looking at their menu, it’s easy to see why they have had such longevity.
Espresso Moto Café
Espresso Moto is a café racer inspired Palm Beach local just a few minutes stroll away from the beach. Their menu is an absolute gem, with a modern twist on breaky classics. They pride themselves on using fresh local produce, all food is crafted in-house. Puppers will enjoy the open and relaxed atmosphere while slurping up a well-earned cold one from the dog bowl.
#5 Barefoot Barista
Locals regard the Barefoot Barista as more of a community hub than a café and it’s easy to see why. Barefoot prep their food with health in mind, using local produce as much as possible to support local businesses they believe in. Everything on the menu is delish, from the handmade hotcakes to the crispy Korean pork belly. Come and soak up the ocean breeze on the deck with your dog.
Dog friendly cafes – Northern Gold Coast
#1 Café Two Highland Reserve
Café Two Highland Reserve is a wonderful place to bring your furry friend. Situated on the lake at Tallowwood Park, this dog-friendly cafe is a beautiful location for breakfast or lunch. They even provide a complementary water bowl and “who’s a good boy?” for your dog.
#2 Café Tahbella
Café Tahbella in Oxenford is ideally located, with a well-equipped dog park nearby. This is a wonderful place for families as well as pawrents! The staff are incredibly nice, and the cuisine is devine. There is a play area for the kids and a suitable hydration spot for your pupperino.
#3 The Press Café
You and your puppy pal will enjoy a fantastic breaky with stunning views of the marina. The Press Café comes highly recommended by Google reviewers and doggos alike. Be sure to try the chilli scrambled eggs served inside a croissant.
#4 Bistro 19
An excellent location to start the day on the famous circle at Sanctuary Cove in Hope Island. Google reviews suggest top-notch service teamed up with an excellent all-day breakfast selection.
#5 Quay Street Bar & Café
Fantastic breakfast, tea and coffee delivered to you in a relaxed marina setting in Hope Island, what else could you and your doggo ask for? The friendly staff are certified dog lovers so be sure to put this on your list of dog friendly cafes to visit when you are on the Gold Coast.
Dog friendly cafes – Gold Coast Hinterland
#1 Le Vintage Boutique Café
📍 Address: 1 Kurilpa St, Worongary
🥑 Menu: levintageboutiquecafe.com.au/menu/breakfast/
🌐 Website: levintageboutiquecafe.com.au/
👍🏻 Facebook: facebook.com/LeVintageBoutiqueCafe
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Take a peep at Le Vintage Boutique Café’s Instagram and you’ll see why this is regarded as one of the best pet-friendly café’s on the Gold Coast. All walks-of-life are welcomed including dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and even horses. The staff clearly love animals, but they also love serving up delicious food and coffee.
#2 The Oak Cafe Restaurant
This is an excellent spot for a Sunday brunch with your pooch. It’s grassed area is perfect for soaking up some of that GC sunshine, so be sure to pack the picnic rug. This super homely local serves an interesting mix of breaky classics with a twist. Be sure to try their famous “Eggs NOT Benny” which features their signature lemon preserve hollandaise and maple bacon.
#3 Mudgee Bah Espresso Café
This family-run café is a favourite among locals and visitors alike, and it is easy to see why. From the friendly staff to the house made breakfast classics, you’re sure to become a regular. You and your puppy pal will feel most welcome on their expansive front deck. A notable menu mention is the Croissant Benny, I mean, need I say more?