Denizen’s definitive guide to the best dog-friendly cafes in Auckland

If you’re lucky enough to have a canine companion, you’ll be pleased to know that Auckland’s delectable food scene extends its offering to eateries that will welcome you and your four-legged friend with open arms. And what better time to explore these pooch-friendly destinations than on a Saturday or Sunday morning, after a leisurely stroll? From casual cafes to more elevated establishments, here are some of our favourite dining spots to take pleasure in with your best friend by your side.

Dear Jervois, Herne Bay
A popular Herne Bay stalwart among the two-legged set, your pup will be barking at you to take them to Dear Jervois in no time. There’s ‘Dog Parking’ aplenty if you dine outside, and with dog bowls on hand, we hear the tap water goes down a treat. In the meantime, indulge in the delectable, all-day menu for yourself because anytime is the right time to feast on eggs benedict and creamy mushrooms. 

Hotel Ponsonby, Saint Mary’s Bay
We hear that this Saint Mary’s Bay hotspot welcomes dogs both in its bustling outdoor courtyard and at its tables inside, so you can be sure your pooch will appreciate the chic yet approachable atmosphere while you devour some elevated pub fare. Perhaps they’ll even socialise with a few Ponsonby pugs along the way. 

Takapuna Beach Café, Takapuna
Chaperone your doggo on their dream date, that is, careening across a long stretch of sand, dipping in the sea, and lazing in the sun after a vigorous shake-off. Experience this for yourself at Takapuna beach, taking your dog to the outdoor deck at the nearby beach-front café as a post-walk treat. They’ll love you for it. 

Orphans Kitchen, Ponsonby
This one’s for the pup rearing to prance down Ponsonby’s main stretch at the crack of dawn (Mini Schnauzers, we’re looking at you). They’ll feel right at home in the outdoor courtyard at Orphan’s Kitchen, as will you, while you feast on wholesome meals showcasing the best locally-sourced ingredients (if in doubt, order the house-made crumpets with a lashing of honey). Afterwards, extend your stay in this dog-friendly precinct with a spot of boutique shopping, pooch in tow.

Ozone Coffee Roasters, Grey Lynn
Allow your beloved pet to soak up the delicious, coffee-infused aroma (smell, but don’t touch) at Ozone Coffee Roasters — they’re allowed to chill under your inside table or soak up the Westmoreland rays outside. It’s a win-win situation for you as you sip on a quality brew (or two) and enjoy the delectable, innovative fare. 

Andiamo, Herne Bay
Herne Bay locals will be familiar with the ritual of rolling up to Andiamo early on a beautiful afternoon in order to secure one of its coveted, sunny outdoor tables. Wander up to this neighbourhood drop in with your four-legged friend in tow and park up outside for a few delicious drinks and aperitivo as your pooch revels in the springtime sunshine.

Hotel Ponsonby.

Pocket Bar & Kitchen, Grey Lynn
This is a Grey Lynn establishment with a love for canines at its core. Dogs are welcome inside and out, and occasionally they put on ‘Dog and Grog’ to bring the community together. Excitingly, four-legged attendees can go off the leash and run wild in the closed-off beer garden while you partake in gourmet tapas, gorgeous platters, and thirst-quenching beers. It’s like the dog park experience, enhanced with a drink in hand. 

Wynyard Pavilion, North Wharf
Let your precious pooch pick either the garden bar or waterfront seating because dogs rule the roost at Wynyard Pavilion. We’ve even been told that at 1pm on the first Sunday of every month, the seaside venue is transformed into ‘Wynyard Paw-vilion’, promising pup-cakes galore. After all, it’s a dog-eat-dog world. 

Annabel’s Wine Bar, Ponsonby
Any dog will salivate with joy if they accompany you to Annabel’s Wine Bar, the cosy nook nestled in the heart of Three Lamps. As you pore over the extensive wine list and nibble on delectable morsels, snuggle up to your pup as they dabble in some people-watching to pass the time. 

Brewport Ponsonby, Ponsonby
Head straight from the paw-fice to Brewport Ponsonby, because the word on the street is that every Wednesday from 4pm, the inner-city micro-brewery offers Happy Hour for four-legged friends. While you socialise with your pals, your pup can indulge in a homemade dog treat (or two), because why should humans have all the fun? 

The Garden Shed, Mount Eden
Sporting a sheltered courtyard that’s perfect for the rain-averse pooch, Mount Eden’s The Garden Shed has much to offer with its homely meals and delightful cocktails. Its hospitable atmosphere will mean your pup won’t want to leave, but they’re barking up the wrong tree if they think they’re the boss of you.

Parade Ponsonby, Ponsonby
Parade Ponsonby boasts a gorgeous (and covered) outdoor area for when you fancy decadent American-influenced fare — think appetising Pretzel bun burgers and indulgent sides. If your pup is lucky, they may get to lick your plate — if you don’t beat them to it. 

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