Spoil your pooch this weekend
Let’s be honest, a coffee date is fine, but it’s even better with your pooch. Manoeuvring your furry human can be toughest at the best of times, especially knowing when and where you can and can’t go.
Here’s a little list of cafes that love those four-legged mates, with some taking that affection up a notch.
Named after the owner’s beloved chihuahua, Sodi on Pakington Street caters to not only your tastebuds but also your pooch’s. With a spacious outdoor courtyard and seating out the front, Sodi has your fur baby catered to with their epic puppycino’s and pupcakes, served lovingly on the cutest little board. Just have a scroll on their Instagram to see all pooches living their very best life at this café. They can even organise pup-birthday cakes too if you really feel like spoiling your best friend.
For the humans, there’s endless opportunities for doggo pats, Ocean Grind coffee and a flavoursome menu catering for every type of foodie.
Where: 149 Pakington Street, Geelong West
Untitled is a café we’ll never fall out of love with – especially with their famous bagels, piping hot cups of coffee, made with their own specialty blend ‘Glory Days’ and a renowned love for doggos, big and small.
They’ve got a great little courtyard perfectly suited to pooches, frothy puppachinos, a doggy treat jar filled with complimentary treats, as well as an extra lot of treats from local The Grazehound.
Where: 197 Yarra Street South Geelong.
King of the Castle
The reigning king of great coffee and desserts, Pakington St café King of the Castle is actually one of the best spots for dogs in Geelong. With plenty of space outside, bright turf and a marquee, many dogs have had a damn good time here. Oh, and their owners too of course.
Never failing to hit the cravings whether you’re into sweet or savoury, your furry friends get to indulge too with their lovingly crafted puppycinos.
Where: 24 Pakington St, Geelong West
The Salty Dog
You couldn’t call a cafe this and not be dog-friendly, could you!?
A café located right on the beach, this one is perfect for you and your pup’s morning coffee. There’s nothing like soaking up the view over Fisherman’s beach with a selection of breakfasts, beverages and cakes. You’ll find a tonne of water bowls scattered around the place as well as puppaccinos and plenty of space to stretch their little legs. Salty dogs are always welcome.
In case you needed another reason to go though, the cafe is actually hosting a ‘Pooch Parade’ on Sunday, May 30. With a $5 entry fee, prizes are available for the best dressed pooch, best dressed combo pooch and owner, and for pooch with the best trick, with all proceeds going towards GAWS. How absolutely brilliant.
Where: 50 The Esplanade, Torquay
This cafe is just off Pakington St, and conveniently operating out of a shipping container on a wooden deck makes it pretty darn dog friendly. Sit down with your pooch, give ‘em a pat and enjoy your coffee.
The best part is though, the cafe is now open late for dinner and drinks, meaning you and your pooch get a café-grade coffee – or a glass of wine – at any time of the day. A big glass of vino on the deck with your furry friend? Say no more.
Where: 77 Preston St, Geelong West
The Pickers Union
Serving delicious food every day 9 ’til 3:30 every day, The Pickers Union are a favourite amongst the crew at Forte, and they’ve got a decent brekky and lunch menu sure to get the taste buds dancing feverishly, with the added bonus of being dog-friendly!
So, pack your dog in the car, head down to this out-of-the-city spot and fight for your prime outside possie. With dog bowls, tonnes of outdoor seating, and delicious food, there’s something for all parties involved. The cafe can also do puppachinos if you ask nicely…
Where: 3 Mackey St, North Geelong
Eastern beach road has plenty of outdoor seating, making it a dreamland for people with a furry plus one. Factor in the close proximity of water and grass (two favourites for dogs) and the spot is worth the visit. Edge is worth mentioning for good food alone, but with a front outdoor eating area and deck along the side, it’s perfect for pets.
Where: 6/8 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
Kilgour Street Cafe and Grocer
First off walk around the ‘burbs and then swing by this lovely local, Kilgour Street Cafe and Grocer. Lovers of dogs, they’ve got a neat set-up out back with dog bowls for your pooch to stay hydrated. Bonus is they’ve got doggy treats for customers as well.
Where: 164 Kilgour Street, South Geelong
Eddy and Wills
All dogs are loved here at Eddy and Wills, and with a purchase and if you’ve got a pooch, you can grab a treat from them on the house. There’s also a really nice courtyard for you both to have some alone time.
Where: 130 Church Street, Hamlyn Heights
While doggies aren’t allowed indoors or in the large outdoor area, there’s always a welcoming big bowl of water out the front and plenty of space to park your lil’ mate. It’s also located just outside the hustle and bustle of town and right near the gardens or beach (whichever your dog prefers to frolic around).
Where: 37 Bellerine St, Geelong
Local Geelong is a well-loved cafe slinging coffee, cake, brunch and pastries by day, and slow dough pizza and local wines by night. With brunch seven days a week and some of the smoothest coffee around town, the team also have a pretty nice looking deck for those with a fur-baby in tow.
Where: 175 McKillop St, Geelong
Jetty Road Kiosk At The Heads
Located at the river mouth in Barwon Heads, At The Heads is arguably one of the Bellarine’s most unique dining experiences with its magnificent views, friendly and efficient staff, and of course a great menu. Whether you’re out enjoying the sun or taking the doggo for a scenic walk, the crew have your caffeine needs sorted with their takeaway kiosk – Jetty Road. Convientently located right on the sand, this one couldn’t be more dog-friendly if they tried. Sit on the beach with your brew and let your doggo live its best life in the sand.
Where: 1A Jetty Road, Barwon Heads
If you’re looking to step up your dating game and take your pooch to something a little fancier, the folk at Bob Sugar are all for having furry friends join you. Boasting a dream combo of curated Asian feeds with fresh cocktails across from the beach, teamed with outside undercover seating, gas heaters, and outdoor blinds to ward away any droplets of rain, Bob Sugar is the perfect place to dine with your pooch coming into winter.
Also, the staff will be dishing out all the pats so your doggo will be feeling like an absolute royal.
Where: 17 The Esplanade, Torquay.
Lastly, these coffee drive-throughs are spotted all over Geelong and they’ve good for much more than just speedy coffees. If you’ve got a furry pal with you, you’ll get some smacko treats with your drink. Perfect for when you’re on the run!
Where: various locations around town
Dogs are not allowed inside cafes due to OH & S issues. If you know of more cafes that are super dog-friendly, let us know!