People with pets are always looking for places they can take their pets to. Most of us loathe to leave them behind, especially over weekends, when we go out for a cuppa or a nice lunch. And that is when you realise how amazing Joburg is. There are tons of restaurants, cafes, parks and markets that are pet friendly. So you can easily spend an entire day out with your dog – walking in Emmarentia, grabbing a bite somewhere in Parkhurst or stopping by one of the many weekend markets (Irene, Fourways Farmers Market, Bryanston Organic Market, etc)!
As most of you may already know, we adopted Mia – the dog being, only after moving to Joburg. As a trailing spouse, with no job or friends, I was going nuts but Mia saved the day. So I am constantly exploring the city for parks, cafes, outdoor events and festivals that she can go to.
One of the best areas to take dogs to, is Parkhurst, a small suburb near Rosebank. 4th Avenue is lined with eateries, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a pet friendly restaurant here. You can tell that this street and its people welcome dogs by the number of water bowls that are scattered on the sidewalk! On any given day, you will see several dogs leisurely walking down the street or quietly chilling in a restaurnt whilst their owners grab some lunch with friends.
Paw friendly restaurants in Parkhurst are:
Rocket Restaurant (they even allow them inside!)
The Fullstop Cafe (this one is on 7th Avenue)
(These are the ones that are known to me but there maybe several others. The best way to find out is to stop and ask! If a restaurant has an outdoors seating, most likely your little friend will be allowed)
Pet friendly cafes:
Salvation Cafe, 44 Stanley, Milpark
Vovo Telo, 44 Stanley, Milpark
Delta Cafe, Craighall Park
CNR Cafe, Craighall Park
Burnside’s Cafe, Craighall Park
Doppio Zero, Greenside
River Cafe Sandton, Sandton Field and Study Centre
Vovo Telo, Grayston Drive, Sandton
Arbour Cafe & Courtyard, Birdhaven
Voodoo Lily Cafe, Birdhaven
Pet friendly pubs/bars:
Stanley Beer Yard, 44 Stanley, Milpark
Beer House, Pineslopes Fourways
Pet friendly restaurants
Moyo, Zoo Lake