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Canberra’s best dog friendly cafes: More of our favourites

Georgia Morris

As dog-loving and coffee-loving locals, it’s our mission to find the very best dog-friendly cafes in Canberra.

We’ve explored a lot of Canberra in pursuit of this important goal. And we can report success!

Canberra suburbia has some wonderful hidden café gems – great coffee, fresh food, dog-friendly and in the midst of beautiful dog walking locations.

We reported on some of these in HerCanberra a while back but here’s four more to try out with your best friend.


These cafes meet our ‘dog-friendly’ criteria because they have generously spaced outdoor spaces with both sunny and shady options; water bowls for thirsty dogs; and are located in excellent dog walking neighbourhoods.

Two Before Ten – 68 Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda


A magnet for serious coffee drinkers, Two Before Ten is a welcome oasis in Belconnen surburbia. Thank goodness redevelopment of its original city home forced a move to Aranda, where the proprietors have gradually taken over the entire, previously abandoned, old Aranda shops site. Two Before Ten welcomes dog-accompanied patrons, offering water bowls, coffee-sack dog-blankets, and two options for outdoor dog-friendly seating: a row of spacious outdoor tables under a deep south facing eave is a perfect spot in the heat of summer, and a courtyard around the side provides sunnier seating in cooler weather. Two Before Ten is open for breakfast and lunch every day. Try out a great dog-friendly Aranda walk that starts and ends here.

Little Bird – Cnr Broughton and Macquarie Streets, Barton


This friendly, efficient café serving great coffee is typical of the new look Barton – no longer a soulless office precinct. This change is largely due to Little Bird proprietors, who are also behind the uber-cool Vincent bar next door, The Hideout on National Circuit, and the rejuvenated Maple and Clove in the Realm precinct. Little Bird boasts a generous outdoor area perfect for dogs that catches the morning sun but provides good shade midday and afternoon. It’s open for delicious breakfasts and lunches every day serving public servants during the week and the growing number of Barton apartment residents on weekends. There are no dog off leash areas nearby but beautiful on leash walks a few minutes away at Lake Burley Griffin and the National Gallery’s sculpture garden.

Fox and Bow – Farrer Place, Farrer shops


Yes, another cafe in Woden that actually services good coffee! The tiny Farrer shops punches above its weight hosting this cafe and two other good restaurants. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the understated Fox and Bow has several outdoor tables in both sun and shade, plus a milk crate overflow area against a striking Bansky-like graffiti-covered wall by local artist Steve. It has a great welcoming vibe and is very popular with locals so get in early on the weekend. Try out a great dog friendly Farrer-Mawson walk that starts and ends at the Farrer shops.

The Knox – Watson Place, Watson shops


This small but groovy café/bar focusing on locally sourced produce provides dog-friendly outdoor tables in a sheltered nook tucked against the local IGA. Devoted local patrons of The Knox have been urging us to include it in our ‘favourites’ list for a while. It’s open every day for breakfast and lunch plus three days a week for dinner – think balmy summer evenings enjoying a cool beer or rosé with your best pooch. Try out a great dog-friendly Watson walk that starts and ends at the Watson shops.


We also provide advice about how to cafe train your dog to be the perfect four-legged patron at our blog Training your cafe friendly dog.

If you’d like to join a walk with other dog walkers, usually including a dog-friendly café, join one of our regularly scheduled group walks posted on Canberra Dog Walks meetup.

Want to know more about dog-friendly Canberra? Canberra Dog Walks provides free information about dog-friendly Canberra inspired by a love of Canberra, walking and dogs. Check our Facebook page for the latest news and events.


Georgia Morris

Canberra Dog Walks creator, Georgia, has lived in Canberra for nearly 50 years – since she was only one! Somehow, although there’s been lots of Australian and international travel, she’s never managed to move away. Georgia now shares her extensive insider's knowledge and love of Canberra and dogs with others through, and on Facebook @canberradogwalks. Although targeting dog owners, she hopes her free information inspires everyone to get out and explore new areas of our beautiful city. More about the Author

  • Deborah Field

    And the best cafes are all frequented by greyhounds! ?

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