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A Dogs Life – Best Dog-Friendly Cafes in Wellington

Aotearoa is home to 543,972 registered dogs. We love our four legged companions and have gone out to see how they fair with city life.


Heading down to a cafe on the weekend with your dog but can’t shake the guilt of tying them up outside, while you enjoy your coffee inside? These Wellington cafes welcome you to bring your furry friends inside, some even offering special pup-friendly snacks and beverages for them to enjoy. You know your dog deserves their own puppuccino after your walk or run around this gorgeous city.


Discover these pet-friendly cafes and some great experiences around Wellington


Beach Babylon

Google Rating: 4.3/5

Address: Ground Floor/232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011

Brimming with people and their four-legged friends, Beach Babylon is a beachside favourite amongst dog owners. They even have a solution for your dog agonisingly eying up your meal in the form of their dedicated pup-friendly menu called the “K9 Menu”. Treat your furry favourite to a snack or a doggy drink to make it a real date-for-two, while soaking up the gorgeous views of Oriental Bay directly across from the cafe.


Cafe Polo

Google rating: 4.6/5

Address: 84 Rotherham Terrace, Miramar, Wellington 6022

Not only do Cafe Polo know how to whip up delicious, fresh food for you to enjoy, they also invite you to bring your furry friend along too with outdoor seating especially for them. Using only fair trade products and organic coffee, supporting local suppliers and making 100% homemade food, this cafe has built up a reputation for being a great place to stop in and grab a bite. They even have their very own resident pup who goes by the name ‘Ralph’.


The Botanist 

Google rating: 4.4 /5

Address: 219 Onepu Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022

Located just opposite the biggest dog beach in Wellington, The Botanist offers two fenced outdoor areas for you and your pup to soak up the sun while enjoying some of the best organic plant-based cuisines. This trendy cafe has an impressive variety of beverages to refresh you after splashing in the waves with your pup and participating in as many games of fetch as you can, with six rotating craft beer taps, tasty botanical cocktails, as well as a range of local and organic wines.


Lola Stays

Google rating: 4.4 /5

Address: 106 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington 6011

Being one of the few cafes that welcome you and your pets to come and dine inside and not just out, Lola Stays is known for its great food, amazing vibe and incredible vegetarian or vegan options. While you’re scoffing down your own meal, don’t forget about your fur baby and treat them to one of the organic, homemade dog biscuits from the counter!


Customs by Coffee Supreme

Google rating: 4.6 /5

Address: 39 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Offering one of the broadest varieties of speciality coffees in Wellington, Customs is known for its in-depth and current approach to coffee preparation. This relaxed and homey cafe also offers a continually updating menu of fresh toast and pastries, all of which are made either in the cafe or by local suppliers. They welcome you and your doggo to grab a seat out the front – a great place for people-watching in this bustling part of the city.


By Olivia Cross