This weekend grab your pooch and head out on the town. We’ve compiled a list of dog and petfriendly cafes, markets and bars for both of you to explore. We’ve also got the goods right from the dog’s mouth and asked the creators behind Instagram superstars @littleboygeorge and @lifeofbiggieandkimdogg where their favourite secret and social spots are!
1. Grab Brunch at the Kew Nursery and Cafe:
The Kew Nursery and Cafe is located at 2 Gladstone st in Kew, Melbourne. It is a dog-friendly, vegetarian-friendly and kid friendly watering hole featuring a gorgeous nursery with a large range of plants and gardening accessories for sale. You and your pup can wander about under the flowers, and then grab a bite to eat and a coffee while contemplating the professional advice given to you by the nursery’s friendly maintenance team for your next athome gardening and landscaping project. Head back out into the nursery after sketching out your plans on a napkin (check them through with rover first to make sure your next water feature or an apartment filled with ferns is canine approved) and purchase the first pieces to test the waters.
2. Find a Dog Walking Group or Meetup via Meetup.com:
If you and your pet are a bit starved for socialising, or simply want to meet new people and breeds, you can head on over to the website Meetup.com and find dog walking groups to fit your specific needs. If you have a bulldog or pug and wanted to find other bulldog and/or pug owners to walk your pup with, you will definitely be able to find that in the Melbourne area. There are even single dog walking groups if you or your pet are looking for some love! You might meet the man of your dreams 101 Dalmations style! The Melbourne Dog Walkers group has over 1,000 members and runs once a month. You can find a walking group to suit your style and schedule here.
3. Argos Loves Company Dog Friendly Pub, Brunswick Street:
Argos loves Company was named after Ulysses loyal best friend (of the canine persuasion) and is a Fitzroy based pub with a traditional gastropub menu and chewy snacks available for the pups on order. If you and your dog loving pals are after a nice extended late Saturday afternoon walk in the upcoming Spring twilight, Argos Loves Company is the place for you. Head on over for a cider or glass of wine and some food and fluffy company. No question about your canine friend getting the best possible treatment either!
4. Try checking out a local market:
On weekends, Anna mumma to Instagram stars Biggie and L’il Kim (@lifeofbiggieandkimdogg) likes to take her dogs adventuring and often winds up at various markets or beaches:
“Biggie and Kim have a super packed weekend. They basically come along with us the whole time…On Saturdays we sometimes go to Hank Marvin Markets. There are lots of food vans for our owners to get a snack and it’s at a park so we can all sit on the grass together and eat treats.
Let’s not forget sleeping! After walking and park time we like to sit in our backyard in the winter sun and have a nap. We always sleep spooning each other. ”
Michael, one half of the team behind @littleboygeorge also enjoys browsing!
“A frequent activity that we do each week with George is going to the Camberwell Markets each Sunday morning. Heaps of people to meet and lots of other dogs to socialise with too! George loves watching the street performers (musicians) and stopping for brunch with us at ‘My Other Brother’ café which is also at the markets.”
4. Gourmet Pawprints Doggie Winery Tour:
If you’re keen to get away over the weekend we’ve saved the best for last! Combine your love of weekend wine and your pet by organising a pet friendly winery tour! Gourmet Pawprints organises transport via their company bus for you and your pooch, taking your tour group to the winery of your choice. With wineries across the Melbourne, Yarra and Mornington regions currently participating there is an event to suit everyone. You can check out all the different activities and select yours on the company website here.