• Pets may be the cute factor of the internet, but they’re actually so much more than that. Some people consider pets to be their best friends, confidants or even their children. There’s no denying that pets hold a special place in our hearts. There’s nothing worse than that ‘puppy dog look’ as you’re headed out to a restaurant with your friends.

    Time to push the guilt of leaving your furry friend at home aside. I’ve put together a list of top 5 pet-friendly hangouts in Cape Town, so that you can your best friend will never have to part ways again.


    Foodbarn is known as an awesome fine dining restaurant. But did you know that your pets can dine in style with you? The Foodbarn restaurant serves beautifully presented foods made with a whole lot of love. They have a great love for your friendly pets as well, as pets are allowed in the outside dining area.

    The friendly waiters provide water for your thirsty dog and your pups can play on the grass while you enjoy your Foodbarn dining experience.

    Golden hour…#foodbarn #noordhoek

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    Where Foodbarn, Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road
    Contact +21 789 1390, [email protected]www.thefoodbarn.co.za


    There’s hardly anything better than eating good food while taking in a spectacular view of the mountains and Chapman’s Peak. Add your pet to this scenario, and it sounds like a winning combination.

    Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a few sundowners at Dunes Restaurant, followed by a run and catch session with your dog on Hout Bay beach.


    Where Dunes Restaurant, 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay
    Contact +21 790 1876, www.dunesrestaurant.co.za


    Cafe Paradiso is one of Madame Zingara’s charming collection of restaurants. The menu consists of pulled pork sandwiches, various breakfasts, homemade pastas and hearty main courses. With outdoor seating for the warmer days, as well as a garden, balcony and courtyard, this spot is perfect for adventures with your pets.

    Space is limited, so book a seat in advance for you and your furry friend to enjoy.


    Where Cafe Paradiso, 110 Kloof Street, CBD
    Contact +21 423 8653, [email protected]www.cafeparadiso.co.za


    Rhodes Memorial Restaurant is a must-visit location with your pets. The restaurant has an amazing view and offers a seated area outside for you and your pup to lounge. Items on the menu include breakfasts, curries and soups for when the chilly weather makes an appearance.

    There are a few hiking trails near the restaurant. This can be your stop after you and your pup have worked up a sweat. Dogs are welcome in the outside area and can be treated with a dog biscuit from a big jar. Reservations are essential, so book to avoid disappointment.

    #view from #rhodesmemorialrestaurant

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    Where Rhodes Memorial Restaurant, Devil’s Park, CBD
    Contact +21 687 0000, [email protected]www.rhodesmemorial.co.za


    Massimo’s is a pizza eatery that loves dogs. Items on the menu include awesome pizzas with various toppings. Massimo’s offers dogs a lounging area outside and each dog recives a bowl of water.

    For every Luna pizza (topped with tomato, mozzarella, feta, bacon and avo) ordered, R10 will be donated to animal rescue group DARG.pet-friendly

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    Where Massimo’s, Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay
    Contact +21 790 5648, [email protected]www.pizzaclub.co.za

    Photography courtesy HSM Images 


    Article written by

    Mishkah Abrahams

    Mishkah Abrahams is a wandering wordsmith, journalist and Cape Town fashion blogger. She finds comfort in leather jackets, Harry Potter quotes and fiction novels. Fresh out of university, she looks forward to being a tourist in her own city.