Vovo Telo (Sandton)
If it’s artisan bread, frothy flat whites and oh-so-yummy pastries you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Vovo Telo at the Lonehill Shopping Centre. You can sip on a delicious salted caramel latte, while your furry friend drinks from a water bowl provided. Sit outside and enjoy the sun’s warmth with your pooch.
Physical address: Lonehill Shopping Centre, Shop no LL42, 22 Lonehill Boulevard, Lonehill
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 07:00 to 18:00; Saturday: 07:00 to 17:00; Sunday: 08:00 to 15:00
Salvation Café (Milpark)
Salvation Café is known for healthy food with tons of flavour. This leafy courtyard is a great spot for you and your dog to pop in for a delicious lunch. Dig into some Thai-style fishcakes served with Asian greens and a sweet-chilli dipping sauce or an Egyptian veggie burger served with halloumi, avo and tzatziki. Be warned: your dog may be begging for a bite!
Physical address: 44 Stanley Avenue East, Milpark, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 08:00 to 16:00
Walkhaven Dog Park (Zwartkop)
This one’s a no-brainer! Situated on 22 hectares of grassland, Walkhaven Dog Park provides your furry friends with a safe and beautiful place to run, swim and play. They will love the large dam, and you will enjoy the braai and picnic facilities where you can dine al fresco with your pup. If you’re looking for a quick bite without the fuss of a picnic, step into The Walkhaven Kitchen for breakfast or a light lunch. Enjoy pizza under the shade of trees while your dog cools down after running around with abandon.
Physical address: Plot 77, Walkhaven Farm, Zwartkop
Opening time: Seven days a week, from 07:00 to 18:30
Café Hemingway’s (Kyalami)
This magnificent spot is a fascinating marriage of a bistro, a patisserie and a fine-dining establishment. While being elegant it doesn’t lose the accessibility of light meals, sandwiches and bakery treats. However, each dish is an artistic expression. The charming, spacious deck with Joburg’s bright sun shining in between the drapes is open to you and your pet. He or she will thank you for the water and treats provided. This is a wonderful, calm space for you and your special dog to enjoy some time to bond.
Physical address: Kyalami Downs Shopping Centre, Corner Kyalami Boulevard & Kyalami Main Road (R55), Kyalami
Opening times: Mondays & Tuesdays: 07:00 to 18:30; Wednesdays to Fridays: 07:00 to 22:30; Saturdays: 07:30 to 22:30; Sundays: 08:00 to 15:30
Full Stop Café (Parktown North)
Both dog and human will be wagging their tails in the large garden with shady trees at Full Stop Café — the perfect place for a pit stop from life. If you’re particularly hungry, try the potato skins breakfast. Served with cheese sauce, bacon, onions, eggs and fresh salsa, this meal is sure to satisfy. Plus, if you’ve never eaten potato skins, you’ve never really eaten! This restaurant is tailormade for your four-legged friend (note the friendly open invitation on their website).
Physical address: 50, 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
Opening Times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Saturday: 08:30 to 23:00. Sunday: 08:30 to 21:30
Delta Café (Craighall Park)
If you’re in Delta Park and feeling peckish after your four-legged companion has taken you for a stroll (I mean… no, I think you know what I mean), then be sure to head to Delta Café. Bikers, runners and pups are all welcome to sit down, relax and grab a bite to eat. Their menu is varied and reasonably priced. Enjoy a hot beef salad with a beautiful view of Delta Park. And, to cool off, there is a doggie well for your best friend to grab a drink after his run-and-play session in the park.
Physical address: 20 Marlborough Road, Craighall Park, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday closed. Tuesday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00; Saturday 08:00 – 18:00; Sunday: 08:00 to 17:00
Nice on 4th (Parkhurst)
Nice on 4th has become one of Joburg’s favourite breakfast spots, and understandably so! From their signature egg basket to great coffee, freshly squeezed juices and tempting baked goodies, they serve great food in an upmarket street-café style. So, sit back, relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon with your furry friend. You can sink your sweet tooth into some decadent carrot cake, while your dog is offered a thirst-quenching bowl of water. We won’t tell him how much he’s missing out!
Physical address: 37 4th Avenue, corner 14th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Sunday: 07:30 – 16:30
Voodoo Lily Café (Birdhaven)
If your faithful friends are fed up with having to drink water while they watch you eat delicious meals, we have found the perfect hangout for their culinary needs. Voodoo Lily Café provides a water bowl and a dog menu. Your pet can choose between organic chicken livers, doggy biscuits or an organic chicken breast slice. And you? Enjoy tasty health shots and an organic burger served with Camembert and drizzled with cranberry sauce. Voodoo Lily Café kindly requests that you don’t go inside with your pets, however, you’re welcome to sit outside in the fresh air while you #gogreen at this family-oriented restaurant.
Physical address: 64 St Andrews Street, Corner Wrenrose Avenue, Birdhaven, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 07:00 – 17:00; Friday 07:00 – 22:00; Saturdays & Sundays: 07:00 – 16:00
Arbour Café and Courtyard (Illovo)
Are you and your poodle feeling French? The elegant courtyard at Arbour Café and Courtyard is the perfect place for a beautiful dog and owner to grab a delicious pastry and some coffee à la mode. Your pup can have a bowl of water and you can tuck into gluten-free gallettes made with French buckwheat or try the salted caramel and apple crêpes. The French-inspired decor is a combination of green, white and grey with splashes of copper and gives this restaurant a touch of fresh sophistication. An ideal spot to catch up with your dog-loving friends.
Physical address: 64 St Andrew St, corner Wrenrose Ave, Birdhaven, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday to Tuesday: 07:30 – 16:30; Wednesday to Saturday: 07:30 – 22:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 14:00
The Usual on Grant (Norwood)
If you’re in the Norwood area, add steps to your Fitbit and take your dog for some exercise to The Usual on Grant. Sit outside and enjoy a butternut and feta pasta with some of their home-blend coffee. With its rustic facebrick interior, this corner restaurant feels like a local community favourite. A great place for you and your dog to make regular human and furry friends.
Physical address: 66 Grant Avenue, corner Nellie Road, Orange Grove, Norwood, Johannesburg
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 07:00 – 18:00; Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays: 07:00 – 17:00
By Kim Brown
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