Joburg has a bunch of cool, hip dog-friendly spots to enjoy with your furchildren, but here are the top 5 to explore this winter:
1. Nice on 4th – Corner 14th Street and Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst
Nice is situated in Parkhurst and is the perfect cosy hangout for you and your pooch this winter. You’ll have to keep your doggy on lead, but with their fantastic menu and famous freshly squeezed juices, we can’t think of a better brunch hangout. They may just have the best breakfast menu in all of Jozi and once you give this place a visit, you’re bound to become a regular. Nice on 4th is open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. There’s also a great book store next door that you’re going to want to check out!
2. WalkHaven Dog Park – Walkhaven Dog Park, Plot 77, Zwartkop
To be fair, WalkHaven Dog Park is a great place to visit any time of the year, but if you’re struggling to find cool things to do with your dog in winter, it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for! Although this dog park does come with an entrance fee, if you and your dogs really love it, you can sign up for a yearly membership and visit the park as much as you like. The great thing about WalkHaven is that the dogs rule the park and there’s a wonderful sense of community. This park prides itself on being an off-lead environment and a great place for picnics on the occasional warm winter’s day when you just have to be outdoors.
3. Salvation Cafe – 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark
Salvation Cafe is as hip as it is laid back. Their breakfast and lunch menus are 100% on point and they serve French toast that will blow your mind. Their kitchen is only open until 3:00PM, so this place is perfect for a dog-friendly brunch. You’ll find a ton of delicious comfort foods on the menu as Salvation Cafe is all about honest, real food. You’re welcome to bring your furchildren along, as long as they’re onl ead. Make the most of your mornings and head to Salvation Cafe for a doggydo good time!
4. Vovo Telo – 44 Stanley Rd, Milpark (as well as branches all over Gauteng)
Vovo Telo has dog-friendly hangouts all over South Africa, but the Milpark bakery in Jozi is where it’s at! Bring your dog along and pick up some delicious freshly baked bread and coffee that tastes so good you’ll swear you’re in heaven. Vovo Telohas a menu for everyone; day-timers, wine lovers, date-nighters and even kiddies. They also do take aways so you can enjoy your Vovo Telo favourites on the go! Drop by this homely bakery/ cafe and enjoy!
5. Espresso Cafe & Bistro – 23A, Corner 10th Street, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst
Espresso is known for their Prego rolls and boozy lunches. They do pizza, grill, seafood and inspire a great bistro vibe that’s just perfect for a cold winter’s day. Dogs are more than welcome but will probably enjoy a daytime visit more than the romantic evening atmosphere. If you’re in Parkhurst with your pup and you don’t visit Espresso, you’re sure to regret it. They are open from 8:30AM to 10:30 PM Wednesday to Saturday, until midnight on Tuesdays. They are open on Sundays, but they close a little earlier than usual, 8:00 PM.