Sydney has a love affair with dogs, from compact, pricked-eared Frenchies to long-limbed greyhounds and big goofy Labs. Go for a walk or a coffee on a Saturday morning and you’ll see them all out in force, tails wagging, noses sniffing and mouths looking for wayward titbits. If you want your four-legged friend to join in the fun, pack the lead and follow your nose to these dog-friendly locations.
Storehouse on the Park in Rushcutters Bay welcomes dogs with open arms. Enjoy delicious meals, punchy coffees and lazy afternoon wines with Lassie by your side. If you both feel the need to burn off some energy afterwards, Rushcutters Bay Park just next door is a dog friendly zone 24/7 and an off-leash zone between 3:30pm and 10:30am each day. Go for a stroll along the foreshore, chase forgotten tennis balls near the courts or lay out a picnic blanket and watch the world go by.
If you want to take Rover for a swim, head slightly further east to Rose Bay. It’s one of Sydney’s few dog friendly beaches so make the most of it with a play on the sand and a splash in the water. Just remember to keep your dog on the leash until 4:30pm each day.
Feel like a drink? The Lord Dudley in Woollahra is a delightfully old-school pub which welcomes all manner of furry friends. Enjoy a cold beer and pork pie with your canine mate lying happily at your feet. Right across the road from the Dudley you’ll find Woollahra’s favourite café, Flat White, which is also a friendly spot for pooches. Settle in at one of the outdoor tables and enjoy a house-made coffee with a serving of the delicious ricotta hotcakes.
Heading further east to Bondi, make a pit stop right above the sand at The Bucket List where dogs are welcome at any of the outdoor tables. Soak up the view, catch glimpses of the stars of Bondi Rescue and tantalise your tastebuds with something from the extensive food and drinks menu.
If the weather’s not looking great, head back from the beach a few blocks and pull up stumps at Neighbourhood. The food is delicious and caters to all moods, offering everything from cheesy gooey jaffles to dry-aged prime-cut steak.
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Eastern beaches landmark Coogee Pavilion caters wonderfully to dogs, setting up water bowls and puppy parking alongside their outdoor seating. The other bonus here is the very friendly locals, many of whom will stop and give four-legged friends a nice long belly rub.
At the southern end of Coogee, next to Wylie’s Baths, you’ll find Trenerry Reserve. As well as offering glorious views over the beach and out to Wedding Cake Island, it’s also a dedicated off-leash area, meaning your little furball can run around to his heart’s content and make some lovely canine friends. It’s also a perfect spot for a picnic or to take the least-populated (but arguably most beautiful) section of the eastern coastal walk down towards Maroubra.
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