11 Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg

Johannesburg has a wide range of pet-friendly restaurants to suit the needs of every pet owner |© Justin Veenema / Unsplash
Johannesburg has a wide range of pet-friendly restaurants to suit the needs of every pet owner |© Justin Veenema / Unsplash
Photo of Carina Claassens
29 June 2017

There’s no need to leave your pup at home when visiting one of these pet-friendly restaurants in Johannesburg. Whether you’re grabbing a quick coffee or enjoying a leisurely lunch, there’s a spot to suit every pet owner.

Delta Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Tea , South African, $$$
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A popular breakfast and brunch spot, visitors can relax in the shade of the trees at Delta Café. The café serves delicious Bean There coffee and mostly organic and free range foods. There’s also a small shop that sells doggie treats and other food stuffs.

River Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, South African, Tea , Fast Food, $$$
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River Cafe Sandton, Sandton
River Cafe Sandton, Sandton | Courtesy of River Café

River Café is the ideal city escape as it’s surrounded by nature and rolling lawns. The café’s large menu has everything from light lunches and salads to burgers and pizza on offer, and guests can choose to enjoy meals outside (with their pooches) or in the beautifully decorated restaurant.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Relaxed

Café Hemingway’s

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, Pub Grub, South African, Contemporary, Tea , Fusion, $$$
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This artisanal bistro boasts an internationally acclaimed chef and a beautiful deck where patrons can spend hours relaxing and taking in the trendy atmosphere. What’s more, their drinks selection is incredible with a fine selection of wines and craft beers that pair wonderfully with most of the dishes on the menu.

Vovo Telo

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Dessert, Fast Food, South African, $$$
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Vovo Telo, 4th Avenue
Vovo Telo, 4th Avenue | Courtesy of Vovo Telo

Vovo Telo has branches all over South Africa and there’s no doubt why. The treats are delicious and the coffee selection is out of this world, and that’s not even mentioning the food on offer. The Parkhurst branch is bustling over weekends as locals, and their pets, soak in the morning sun, enjoy freshly brewed coffee and get their fill of artisanal dishes.

Nice on 4th

Bistro, Cafe, Restaurant, Bakery, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Tea , Fast Food, $$$
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Nice on 4th in Parkhurst is the perfect spot to sip on freshly squeezed orange juice while getting lost in a book, with your pooch lying at your feet. Nice on 4th has an adjacent bookstore specializing in everything from bestsellers to unusual titles. Make sure to try their signature breakfast, the egg basket, consisting of toast baskets filled with poached eggs, bacon, and topped with spicy tomato relish.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Casual, Cosy, Relaxed

Salvation Café

Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, South African, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Fast Food, $$$
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Salvation Cafe, Johannesburg
Salvation Cafe, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Salvation Cafe

Salvation Café, situated in the bustling 44 Stanley Avenue complex, is all about fresh, simple, and delicious food. The menu is inspired by the owner and chef’s travels and their salads are like none you’ve ever tasted before while the breakfast menu is extensive.

Arbour Café & Courtyard

Cafe, Restaurant, Bistro, South African, Contemporary, French, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Banting friendly_Arbour Cafe-min

This French-style café has a beautiful outdoor area situated in a courtyard and their crêpes and galettes are a must. The staff is extremely friendly and always offer a water bowl for pets.

Voodoo Lily

Restaurant, Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy, South African, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Voodoo Lily Café, Johannesburg
Voodoo Lily Café, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Voodoo Lily

Voodoo Lily in the suburban area of Birdhaven has something on the menu for everyone, including pets. The café aims to create a space for the whole family, and the atmosphere is always light and fun. The park opposite the café is perfect for the kids and dogs to play in while the grownups enjoy delicious meals and a glass of wine.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Casual, Cosy

Urban Angel

Bakery, Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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All meals served at Urban Angel are made using locally sourced, natural ingredients that are free of additives and preservatives. The restaurant has an impressive breakfast menu and a range of healthy smoothies on offer.

Patisserie de Paris

Bakery, Bistro, Cafe, French, Pastries, Dessert, European, Fast Food, Tea , $$$
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Patisserie de Paris, Johannesburg
Patisserie de Paris, Johannesburg | Courtesy of Patisserie de Paris

Thanks to their French-trained baker and chef, this popular patisserie and boulangerie serves authentic French-style dishes, plus, they’re fluent in French. Their pastries and craft bread loaves are made using only the most natural and local ingredients. They even have an extensive French cook book selection on display for your browsing pleasure.

Meal service:

Breakfast, Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual, Boutique, Casual, Cosy

Cnr Café

Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, South African, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Cnr Café is a lively suburban restaurant that’s known for its fresh meals and home-brewed coffee. The restaurant makes their own pasta, so needless to say the dishes are delicious. The restaurant has a large outside area, so your pooch will have a lot of space to laze around.

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