It’s a dog’s life in Cape Town. There are magical forests to explore, beaches to run on, and mountains to hike. Here are 10 of our favourite dog-friendly restaurants so you never have to leave your furry friends behind again.
Aegir Project, Noordhoek
Aegir is a favourite with Noordhoek locals for it’s craft beers and gourmet hot dogs. There’s an outdoor seating area beneath the milkwoods, and dogs ared allowed to roam around while you enjoy your meal. The restaurant provides bowls of water and there are usually plenty of other dogs around for yours to befriend. it’s the perfect spot for a post-beach walk refreshment. On Thursday evenings they screen classic films and serve fish and chips, and on weekends there is often a Celtic/bluegrass band playing an acoustic set with fiddles and a banjo to set the mood.
Deer Park Café, Vredehoek
Deer Park Café is located at Deer Park, which is a popular dog park. There is a fountain for your pooch to cool off in during the summer months, and plenty of open space to run around. At the café, large dogs are allowed outside (smaller ones are allowed inside too) and water bowls are provided. Expect fresh seasonal ingredients and brilliant breakfasts. The range of freshly baked cakes will appeal to any sweet tooth. They also cater for vegetarians and vegans, with plenty of gluten free and low-carb options too. They’ve been known to allow other four-legged friends too!
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant, Newlands
The Rhodes Memorial Restaurant is a dog-friendly dining spot located on the Northern slope of Table Mountain, nestled behind the famous Rhodes Memorial. There are spectacular views of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountain ranges, and this is one of the few vantage points where both the Atlantic and Indian oceans can be seen. There are great hikes in the area, so you can settle in for lunch after a good outing with your hound.
Dunes Beach Restaurant and Bar, Hout Bay
Dunes is a local favourite located right on the beach in Hout Bay. It is dog-friendly, and the sandy outdoor area is the perfect spot for play dates. It’s the perfect location for a few drinks, sundowner, or meal after a walk on the beach. The pizzas are great, and the sea views are fantastic.
Espresso.Kom is located in the sleepy seaside suburb of Kommetjie, and they actively encourage guests to bring their four-legged friends along. The spacious outside area is a great place for your dog to make canine friends while you enjoy a breakfast or some of their excellent coffee.
Forresters Arms, Newlands
Forries, as it’s affectionatgely known by locals, is a popular spot for sports games and after work drinks. The garden area is shaded by huge oak trees, and is dog-friendly. They offer a Sunday carvery, and their pizzas are known to be some of the best in Cape Town. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the rugby, cricket, or soccer and get festive.
The Leopard Lounge, 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Camps Bay
The Leopard Lounge is possibly the most dog-friendly of all spots in Cape Town. There’s an entire food menu dedicated to pets! Dogs under knee height and cats are welcomed to the hotel in special pet-friendly rooms, which include dog beds. The pet’s menu was created in collaboration with a vet, so it’s all good, healthy stuff. Your hound might like to enjoy a fillet steak or lamb “burger”(with brown rice). There’s also salmon on the menu for cats.
Massimo’s, Hout Bay
Massimo’s is known for it’s dog-loving vibe. A portion of proceeds are donated to various animal rescue organisations, and the resident dogs are often drifting around the restaurant. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, and will be receieved with enthusiasm by the staff! The pizza here is spectacular (for humans), and there’s also a doggie menu available. They also offer “pay it forward”slices of pizza, which you can add to your order for R10 to feed the less-fortunate.
Radisson RED Hotel, V&A Waterfront
The Radisson Red prides itself on welcoing dogs, both for overnight stays and visits to the restaurant. Your dog will be welcomed by “CEO”Baxter, a French bulldog who pretty much runs the show here. The pet policy includes a bandana, bed, food, and water dish. If your dog weighs more than 18kg (40lb) be sure to call first.
Die Damhuis, Melkbosstrand
This dog-friendly gem in the north is a local favourite, and it welcomes dogs with open arms. There’s a dedicated pets play area, complete with water bowls. For humans, the fish and chips is popular, as are other seafood options, steaks and burgers. The restaurant is located just next to Melkbosstrand’s stunning beach, which makes it the perfect spot to settle in after a good seaside adventure. There’s also a small doggie menu, in case the hounds are hungry.
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