Vovo Telo (Sandton)
If it’s great breads and oh-so-yummy pastries you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Vovo Telo on Grayston Drive. They’ve got water bowls for dogs in their outdoor area so you can sit outside and enjoy the sun with your pooch.
Physical address: Grayston Shopping Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00, Sunday: 07:00 – 17:00.
Salvationcafe is known for healthy food with tons of flavour. Pop in for lunch with your dog and dig in to Thai-style fishcakes with Asian greens and a sweet-chilli dipping sauce, or the tempura five-spice calamari.
Physical address: 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Sunday: 08:00 – 16:30.
Walkhaven Dog Park (Zwartkop)
This one’s a no-brainer! Situated on 22 hectares of grassland, Walkhaven Dog Park was created to provide your furry friends with a safe and beautiful place to run, swim and play. You’ll love the large dam, braai and picnic facilities so you can dine alfresco with your pup. If you’re just wanting a quick bite, step in to The Walkhaven Kitchen for breakfast or a light lunch.
Physical address: Plot 77, Zwartkop.
Opening times: Walkhaven Dog Park is open Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:30pm. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday as well as public holidays from 08:30 to 16:30.
Espresso is famous for their prego rolls, so treat yourself to one while you hang out with your dog. Their delicious gourmet pizzas with a thin and crispy base are also worth a try! Take note that Espresso is a cash-only venue.
Physical address: 23A 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday: 08:30 – 00:00, Wednesday to Saturday: 08:30 – 22:30, Sunday: 08:30 – 20:00.
Full Stop Café
You and your dog will love the garden at Full Stop Café – it really is the perfect spot to get away from it all. If you’re particularly hungry, try the bacon burger or the halloumi sandwich – yum!
Physical address: 50, 7th Avenue Parktown North, Johannesburg.
Opening Times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 – 23:00, Saturday to Sunday: 08:30 – 23:00.
Delta Café (Craighall Park)
If you are at Delta Park and are feeling peckish after taking your four-legged companion for a stroll, then be sure to head to Delta Café. Bikers, runners and pooches are all welcome to sit down, relax and grab a bite to eat. Their menu is quite impressive and reasonably priced. And, to cool off, there is a doggie well for your pooches to grab a drink after their run and play session in the park.
Physical address: 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 08:00 – 17:00.
Nice on 4th (Parkhurst)
Nice on 4th has become one of Joburg’s favourite breakfast spots. They offer a variety of treats from their signature egg basket to great coffee and tempting baked goodies if you have a little bit of a sweet tooth. So, sit back, relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon with your furry friend. They will be catered to with a water bowl.
Physical address: 37 4th Avenue, corner 14th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Saturday: 07:30 – 16:00
Voodoo Lily Café (Birdhaven)
After walking your pets, why not sit down and enjoy fresh fruit juice and delicious cakes or browse through the delicatessen at Voodoo Lily Café in Birdhaven? This spot is pet-friendly and will cater to your pooch with a water bowl if he/she needs some water. You and your four-legged companion can sit outside for some fresh air and to enjoy the lovely sunshine.
Physical address: 64 St. Andrews Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 07:00 – 22:00, Sunday: 07:00 – 15:00.
Patisserie de Paris (Blairgowrie)
If you have a little bit of a sweet tooth and are looking for a decadent spot to grab a treat along with your pooch, then Patisserie de Paris is just the place for you! You can sit indoors or out on the sidewalk under umbrellas while enjoying a rich chocolate brownie and a cuppa Joe. Your beloved pet will be catered to with a refreshing bowl of water.
Physical address: 9 Mackay Avenue, Blairgowrie, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 06:30 – 17:30, Saturday and Sunday: 06:30 – 14:00.
Urban Angel Bakery and Café (Boskruin)
You wouldn’t expect to find such a gem hidden away in an office park! Urban Angel Bakery and Café is just the place if you are looking to indulge in the sweeter side of life. They have a number of tempting treats and savoury meals to try and also offer a few Banting options if you are sticking to the Tim Noakes way of life. You can happily enjoy a delicious meal along with the company of your pampered pooch.
Physical address: Building 4, Boskruin Office Park, President Fouche Drive and Hawken Avenue, Boskruin, Randburg, Johannesburg.
Opening times: Monday and Tuesday: 06:00 – 18:00, Wednesday to Friday: 06:00 – 22:00, Saturday: 07:00 – 16:00, Sunday: 07:00 – 14:00.
By Kim Brown
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