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Dog-friendly Cafes on the Gold Coast

Whether you’re doing a road trip or a day trip to the Gold Coast, and have your dog with you in the car – it’s essential to have a handy list of dog friendly cafes where you can stop by with your furry besty to grab a bite to eat or even a beer or wine – because leaving your dog in a car aint an option.  

Parc-Bah Esspresso. (Dog Friendly Cafe with doggy ice-cream!!!)

Shop 4/5 19 Alicia Street Southport Gold Coast See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe Gold Coast

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This is one café that has as much love for you furry friend as you do. Conveniently located within close proximity to all things doggy including Southport’s dog park, puppy school, and groomers. Perhaps though, Parc-Bah Espresso is most famous for their dog ice- cream. Yep that’s right, your pooch can enjoy some dog friendly ice cream while you enjoy some delectable coffee and pastries or a main meal.  

Elephant Rock Café. (Dog Friendly Cafe)

776 Pacific Parade, Currumbin, Queensland See it on Google Maps

Dog friendly cafe Currumbin

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Established in 1990, and renovated in 2007, The Elephant Rock Café has been popular with locals and tourists for over 25 years. A restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Elephant Rock Café is the perfect place for you and your pooch to eat after playing on the beach. Note that large dogs are also welcome however are asked that they choose an outside table. But with brilliant views of gorgeous Currumbin beach from their alfresco dining, why would you want to sit inside? 


Cafe Catalina  (Dog Friendly Cafe with bean bags!!!)

Broadwater Parklands, 10/11 Gold Coast Hwy, Southport See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe with bean bags Broadwater Parklands

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Cafe Catalina has a full service restaurant and outdoor bar & is adjacent to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at Southport – prime position! Perfect location for when lunch merges into the early evening and you want to listen to live music. 

Elk Espresso (Dog Friendly Cafe)

16 Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach See it on Google Maps


Dog Friendly Cafe Broadbeach

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This is a hipster/vintage styled cafe with mismatched furniture and polished concrete floors and shaded outdoor blinds for dogs. Broadbeach Locals flock to Elk for their breakfast menu and it’s also a great spot to grab some lunch whilst you enjoy the Gold Coast sunny weather.

Alfred’s Diner (Dog Friendly Cafe)

2389 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe 2389 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

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Alfred’s Diner only just recently extended their trading hours, you can now even take the pup for dinner.

Glenelg Public House (Dog friendly Cafe)

9/2454-2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe 9/2454-2460 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

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Glenelg Public House serves up great steaks and wine. In the beer garden are shaded big umbrellas and astroturf, and they welcome well-socialised, well-mannered dogs of all sizes. 

Paddock Bakery (Dog friendly cafe)

18 Hibiscus Haven, Miami See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe 18 Hibiscus Haven, Miami

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Situated in Miami this stylish weatherboard space and garden area serve up a great breakfast.  The staff are happy to welcome you and your pooch every day.

BSKT Cafe (Dog friendly cafe – with awesome loft area for humans)

4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218 See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe - with awesome loft area for humans

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The outside area is partially shaded with an awning and there are plenty of dog water bowls.  You can do a yoga class upstairs in the loft, and sometimes they screen great documentaries such as “Overfed and undernourished” in the Loft area or hold workshops with a nutiritional coach. You can also have a date night with your partner on Friday and Saturday nights with meals that are health-focused and whole.

Burleigh Social (dog friendly cafe)

2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe 2 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads

Image credit: Burleigh Social’s photos on Google Maps

Burleigh Social have thoughtfully laid out astro turf that prevents doggy paws from burning in the hot sun, and also every table has a large umbrella for shade. Loads of healthy yummy food on the menu too.

Commune (Dog friendly cafe)

1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads See it on Google Maps

Dog Friendly Cafe 1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

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Commune cafe has quirky vintage decor, and serves light organic meals and coffee. Dogs are welcome and there’s plenty of shade for you and them out the front of the cafe.

Street Corner Espresso (Dog friendly cafe)

1/1840 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads See it on Google Maps

Street Corner Espresso 1/1840 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

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Interesting menu, lovely friendly, helpful staff, terrific food. This is a casual dining restaurant on the Lower Gold Coast Highway and you can sit outside in summer evenings. It is BYO but they do charge for the glasses used. The staff were really helpful and there was street parking around. There is a large covered spacious frontal cafe area that will make it easy to have a rest and a drink and something to eat while you and your dog keep out of the hot sun for a little while.

Barefoot Barista (dog friendly cafe)

Shop 5/10 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach See it on Google Maps

Barefoot Barista

This rustic Palm Beach cafe serves delicious and beautifully presented food and take pride in making great coffee.  There is a shaded outdoor area for your dog too.

Elephant Rock Cafe (dog friendly cafe)

776 Pacific Parade, Currumbin 

Elephant Rock Cafe

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There is a great little terrace overlooking Currumbin Beach where you can sit and read the paper while you eat breakfast with your dog. At night, the upstairs section hosts amazing looking dinner events booked for special occassions.

The Deck Cafe (Dog friendly Cafe)

1/794 Pacific Parade, Currumbin See it on Google Maps

The Deck Cafe

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Dune Cafe (Dog friendly Cafe)

945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach See it on Google Maps

Dune Cafe

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Located next to Currumbin Creek’s dog beach, Dune Cafe is the perfect place to grab a bite and a cuppa after frolicking in the water area that the locals call “doggy heaven”.

Cafe by the Bridge (dog friendly cafe)

Thrower Drive, Currumbin See it on Google Maps

Cafe by the Bridge

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Quay Street Cafe & Bar (dog-friendly cafe)

Shop 48a, Quay St, Sanctuary Cove See it on Google Maps


Quay Street Cafe & Bar

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Want a nice dog friendly cafe where you can read the paper, have a wine & a nice grilled chicken salad and the staff come out and give your pooch a water bowl & treats? Check out Quay Street Cafe & Bar in Sanctuary Cove


If you enjoyed going to some of the places on this list with your dog – in return, please share this article on facebook with your friends, family and colleagues.  Remember – if you can’t find a dog friendly cafe, you can always search for a local trusted Sitter on PetCloud:

Click Gold Coast Pet sitters to find the right sitter for your pet.

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