Updated: 4 days ago
UPDATED 21 July, 2021 with even MORE venues!
So, you want to go for a yummy breakfast, lunch or just a coffee. Where should you go and is there anywhere that your family dog is welcome? Each entry has a clickable link to the cafe's details on zomato so you can get even more information.
Yes, there is. Here in Bayside, we are lucky enough to have many places where everyone is welcome. This list is compiled with the help of our Facebook Group members. Want to add another? Send a message via the Contact form. We'd love to hear from you!
Check out our new, updated list further down, but first, some footpath dining dog etiquette rules:
Make sure your dog is a non-reactive dog. You must be confident in your dog's behaviour when other dogs come by. Nothing worse than a lunge from a dog (either yours or the passer by) when there are other diners about. Do not let your dog sit AT the table. Under is fine, beside you (on the ground) is also fine Keep your dog out of the way of staff. Don't let them jump up at them when they are trying to serve customers Make sure your dog stays close by you. Not everyone thinks your dog is cute and harmless so don't let it encroach on others space Take dog treats with you so they are not begging for your food or food from other tables. Also, if you are walking your dog past a dog in these eating areas, please don't let you dog come up and say 'hello' - just keep walking saying 'leave it'
Alphabetical order by Suburb
NO 84, 84 Bridport Street, Albert Park
Has a lovely rear courtyard
Priscilla Jones Cafe, 21 Graham St, Albert Park
Covered courtyard, puppacino and dog biscuits and water bowls and an off lead park.
Two Farm Girls Cafe, 133 Nepean Hwy, Aspendale
Has undercover seating outside and welcome dogs
Las Chicas, 203 Carlisle St, Balaclava
Enter around the back from the carpark. Has an excellent outdoor seating area. Covered and heaters. Great food/coffee/staff and in winter there is a boxed wood fire.
Saska Cafe, 359 Balcombe Rd, Beaumaris
Lots of seating outside and good cocktails!
Chino & Co., 457 Balcombe Road, Beaumaris
There is an unfenced dog park across the road. Plenty of seating out the front with umbrellas for shade. Staff all love dogs and tell stories about their own dogs and the food and service is great
EST Espresso & Kitchen, 38 East Concourse, Beaumaris
Has a wonderful dog friendly courtyard at the back of the cafe. Free schmackos too!
Ricketts Point Teahouse, Beach Rd, Beaumaris
Right on the beach; dogs not allowed on the deck but can be tethered next to it.
The Ginger Fox Cafe, 23-25 South Concourse, Beaumaris
Large seating area out the front where dogs are welcome. Has umbrellas and large dog cushions for when the ground is either too hot or too cold. Staff are very friendly.
BENT Espresso, 2/385 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
Great food and coffee, good outside seating area. Water bowls for dogs.
Black Salt, 947 Centre Road, Bentleigh
Lovely outside area, grassed - perfect to sit with your dog. Food is great too
Merchants Guild, 680 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
Great coffee and healthy menu. Small seating area for dogs out the front.
Black Drop, 615 Balcombe Road, Black Rock, Melbourne
Ample outside footpath seating outside to the front on Beach Road and also facing Balcombe Rd. Both areas are sheltered from rain and wind. Dogs are very welcome.
Cafe Odo, 1A Bluff Rd, Black Rock
Seating outside, dogs are always welcomed and they get free biscuits!
Cafeteria, 36 Bluff Rd, Black Rock
Has considerable outdoor seating, both in the sun and shade. There’s always a fresh water bowl for the dogs, who have always been welcome there. It’s not unusual for dogs, at times, to equal or outnumber patrons.
Flavours French Patisserie, 31 Bluff Road, Black Rock
Tables and chairs on the footpath with shade and water for the dogs. Croissants are awesome!
The Colonel's Son, 299 Beach Rd, Black Rock
Seating out the front but a fantastic enclosed courtyard out the back. Enter via back carpark. Covered and shade. Great in Summer AND Winter. Nice and cosy and great food and coffee.
The Little French Deli, 524 Nepean Hwy, Bonbeach
Has a courtyard at the back with lane way access and a sign saying dogs are welcome.
Açai Brothers Superfood Bar, 21 Carpenter St, Brighton
are also pro with treats and water (and occasionally $2 off for people who bring dogs down)
Arlo, 2 Railway Walk, Brighton
Vegan Cafe - absolutely delicious food - small menu. Bake their own bread there too. Undercover area to sit out the front with dogs.
Brighton Schoolhouse, Corner Church Street & St. Andrew Street, Brighton
Nice area out the front. Shaded. Good to take the dogs. Great food and they also have bowls of water for your dogs.
Brighton Soul Espresso, 129 Church St, Brighton
Wonderful outdoor seating in their courtyard - perfect for dogs and yourself to relax. Enter via the laneway. Food is divine as is the coffee - staff are lovely
Ladygreen, 424 New St, Brighton
Staff make dogs welcome and sometimes offer treats. There is some shade and a narrow sheltered outside area. The food is also yummy and reasonably priced.
Middle Brighton Baths Cafe, 251 The Esplanade, Brighton
The baths: nice dog friendly deck out the front, dog bowls provided and very close to Brighton Dog Beach
Martin St Cafe & Providore, 147 Martin St, Brighton
Dog friendly courtyard
North Point Cafe, 2B North Rd, Brighton
Great food, lots of area to sit with the dogs. Inside is sheltered from the weather outside for fresh air.
The Deck, 212 Bay St, Brighton
Out the front is very dog friendly. Lovely food too
The Little Ox, 452 New St, Brighton
There is a large forecourt out the front with about 8 tables and they have dog bowls with water outside.
The Pantry, 1 Church St, Brighton
They have a window which means it’s easy to pay for items without tying your dog up!! They also have a big area for dogs to lay down and have a treat jar (all the local dogs know where it’s hidden)
Mr. Brightside, 189a Booran Road, Caulfield South
Lots of outdoor seating. Dogs very welcome. The wait staff will bring them water and a large yummy dog treat. Very close to off lead dog park and nice walking tracks also.
Cafe Opera, 419 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
Dog friendly courtyard out the back
Always has water for the dogs available. Fabulous sheltered outdoor area out the back where your dog is very welcome. Food and coffee is so yum and you get a little biscuit with your coffee. Staff are super friendly
Two Feet First, 451 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
They have seating out the front of the cafe and dog friendly staff (one waiter in particular loves to have a cuddle with every dog there and any other passing by!) Dog bowl of water always available. There is also a pet shop a few doors down so we have been and bought our boy a chew before so we are all eating at the same time!
Where's your Aunty?, 384A Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
Dog friendly courtyard out the back and you can close the gate
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co., 386 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham
Not a cafe but is dog friendly on the deck. Great food, beer and other drinks. Umbrellas for shade and very friendly staff.
DRIP Cafe, 88 Chesterville Rd, Cheltenham Delicious food. Great outdoor area at the back - not shaded though.
Frank's, 97 Cavanagh St, Cheltenham
Excellent food and staff are so friendly. There are a few tables out the front where you can sit with the dogs. Undercover'
Rose & Clive, 16 Charlton Ave Cheltenham
There is a small patch of grassed nature strip out the front with a tree where you can tie your dog. Large wooden picnic tables are now out the front and each has an umbrella. Great coffee and lovely food - very egg based. It's very quirky. Deck chairs are no longer there!
Two Bob Snob, 256 Charman Rd, Cheltenham
Footpath seating out the front. Bit of a squeeze if you have a couple of big dogs but worth it.
Sand Dunes Beach Kiosk Esplanade Lne, Edithvale
Edithvale General Store, 38-40 Munro Ave, Edithvale Sells dog treats and has water available. People have meals outside with their dogs welcome to sit with them.
Goat House Roastery 3–6 Elsternwick Pl, Elsternwick
Has a smallish covered entrance with seating that is dog friendly
Hummingbird, 86-88 Ormond Rd, Elwood
Friendly and welcoming of dogs and always bring out a fresh bowl of water. The food and coffee is sublime
Jimmi Jamz, 132 Ormond Rd, Elwood
You can walk through the restaurant with your dogs to the large dog friendly courtyard out back (partially under cover). Little playground for kids as well and walking distance to Elsternwick off lead park.
Johnny's Coffee Roasters, 159 Ormond Rd, Elwood
In the Elwood Village on Ormond Rd, outdoor bench seating, on the shady side of the street, dogs are allowed inside to sit under tables and bar stools. Coffee and basic food served, toasted sandwiches etc, mainly people go for the amazing coffee and atmosphere.
Plain Sailing, 144 Ormond Road, Elwood
Get there early as gets super busy with heaps of dogs. There are some shaded tables and it seems that dogs appear to be allowed on seats (small ones) next to humans. It is just 5minutes from Elsternwick Park and has a very social communal area where dogs and humans all talk.
Who is Bunker Spreckles, 4/122 Ormond Road, Elwood
Has umbrellas, staff are very dog friendly and they often have treats on hand. All dogs love it there and it is 5 minutes from Elsternwick Park. Great coffee.
Two Boys One Beagle and a Coffee Shop, 59 Kareela Rd, Frankston
Food and service is great. Small area to sit out the front.
Arugula, 400 Hampton St, Hampton - near the railway line - previously SIPP cafe
Good sized area out the front, great food. Can get a bit breezy. Has a courtyard out the back which is accessible from the back laneway - great for the dogs. Food and coffee is terrific.
Cornerstone & Co, 75 Ludstone St, Hampton
Fantastic, enclosed and shaded courtyard at the back with a gate. Good for winter also as has heaters. Has a largish seating area at the front as well undercover and with umbrellas. Food is great as is coffee.
Glasshouse, 305 Hampton St, Hampton
Right next to the train line, this cafe is mainly for coffee/tea/drinks and toasties. Terrific outdoor seating area at the front and side - perfect for you and your dog. No umbrellas.
Merrymen, 2 Small Street, Hampton
Great outdoor area where dogs are welcome. Lovely staff, food and coffee. Bit of a squeeze with the bigger dogs.
Paperboy Coffee Bar, 370 Hampton St, Hampton
Fantastic food and coffee. Can sit out the front on the footpath with the dogs. Not really undercover but shaded in the afternoon. Staff are lovely.
Sebastian's Food & Wine, 301 - 303 Hampton St, Hampton (on the railway line)
Great area out the front and to the side which is dog friendly. Gorgeous outdoor courtyard but dogs not allowed. Undercover at the front and side. Food and coffee are great. Can be noisy with trains and train gates.
The Hamptons Bakery, 427 Hampton St, Hampton
Excellent covered area at the front. Dog friendly and the bonus is lovely food and friendly staff.
Town House, 545 Hampton St, Hampton
Food is fabulous. Can sit out the front with dogs but also has enclosed courtyard out the back. Allowed to walk the dogs through the cafe to the back which has shade, fake turf and lots of seating. Can get quite warm out there on a hot day. Perfect in winter. Great staff too.
Monkey Can Fly, 519 Highett Rd, Highett
Smallish area out the front but undercover, heated and has cafe blinds. Footpath isn't very wide so need to keep your dogs very close as there is lots of foot traffic going by.
Sons of Mischief, 326 Highett Rd, Highett
Great food and coffee. Wonderful courtyard out the back where dogs are most welcome. Seating to the side as well as the front.
The Diplomat, 4 Railway Parade, Highett
Terrific food. Excellent outdoor seating at the front.
The Little Elephant, 23 Spring Rd, Highett.
Has a large seating area out the front and to the side. Mostly undercover, a few cafe blinds down one side so can be used in all weather. Shady areas for summer, sheltered for winter but still rug up. Really nice food and lovely staff.
Mr Burch, 1129 McKinnon Road, McKinnon,
Has several outdoor tables at the front with plenty of area to tie your dog up. Plus water bowls. Great food and friendly staff
Happy As Larry, 106 Charman Road, Mentone
Seating out the front and an undercover decking out the back which dogs are welcome on, back area access is down a laneway. They also have outdoor heaters & blankets on cold days.