This month she shares her favourite pet-friendly coffee shops. Wherever you choose to go, remember to keep your dog on a leash at all times and make sure to clean up after them too.
Bird Coffee Co., BirdhavenBird Coffee Company is a grab-and-go coffee truck located on St. Andrew Street, steps away from James and Ethel Gray Park in Birdhaven. Open from 06:00 during the week, and 06:30 on Saturdays, it's a handy spot to grab an early morning caffeine fix after a brisk walk or jog through the park. They offer superb quality coffee from Seam Coffee roasters, fresh croissants from La Maison du Croissant and famous Kleinskys Delicatessen bagels from Cape Town.
74 St Andrew St, Birdhaven
Croft and Co, ParkviewThis dog-friendly cafe is popular with the suburb's early morning joggers and cyclists. The delicious casual brunch and lunch menu has everything from shakshuka and home-styled crumpets to Prego rolls and toasted sandwiches. Open from 06:00 it's an ideal spot if you are an early morning dog walker, especially as it is just around the corner from the Zoo Lake park.
Cnr Tyrone Ave and Ennis Rd, Parkview
Cult Coffee Co, KramervilleFormerly known as Flynn Coffee, this trendy coffee bar is attached to the Coricraft Store in the heart of the Kramerville design precinct and has a sunny outdoor seating area where you can enjoy your coffee while your hound wolfs down a "puppuccino" (a mini whipped cream cup). As well as speciality coffee they also have plenty of freshly baked goods and gourmet sandwiches and are ideally placed for exploring Kramerville's many design stores.
14a Kramer Rd, Kramerville
DC Coffee Co, LonehillDC Coffee is a local neighbourhood coffee shop in Lonehill that prides itself on serving good coffee and “brewing kindness” with feel-good initiatives like a 'pay it forward' wall. The quirky interior decor pieces, comfortable seating and lots of board games make for a cosy spot to hang out for an afternoon. They really love dogs here (really!) and there's an entire special menu for them that includes "doggycinos" (frothed milk with treats added) and organic dog snacks from Mimi & Munch SA. Even better yet all profits from their doggy menu go towards Dogtown SA, a local dog rescue centre.
18 Sunset Avenue, Pineslopes, Lonehill
From Ground Up Café, FourwaysFrom Ground Up Cafe is a family and pup-friendly cafe in the heart of Fourways, just off of Witkoppen Road. There's lots of open space outside for your dog to run around (on a leash) and the speciality coffee from Beethoven Coffee is great. For lunch there's a casual food menu that includes burgers and toasted sandwiches.
267 Market St (cnr Witkoppen Rd), Fourways
Ground Café, MuldersdriftBased at the popular events venue Ground in Muldersdrift, Ground Cafe is a wonderful escape from the city with loads of outdoor seating scattered through a large and well-manicured garden and across a spacious terrace. They use Naked Coffee (always a favourite) and have a variety of mouth-watering breakfast and lunch options. We recommend booking to set off with your dog on one of the hikes across the property where trails range in length from 3km to 9km.
19 Driefontein Rd, Muldersdrift
Guilt and Co Eatery, FourwaysA sophisticated and stylish easy-eating café that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Situated in the Cedar Square centre, Guilt & Co has plenty of seating that can also host your four-legged friend(s) and readily available water bowls. An ideal spot to enjoy morning mimosas, late lunch or the tasty 'breakfast basket' with your dog in tow in Fourways.
Cedar Square Shopping Center, Cedar Rd, Fourways
Greenbean Coffee Roastery, MuldersdriftGreen Bean Roastery is a quaint and intimate coffee roastery situated on the Casalinga Organic farm in Muldersdrift with a great variety of high quality beans on offer. There are tables scattered outside the roastery building under the shade of towering oaks, or you can grab a coffee to go and roam with your dog (on a leash) through the working farm.
Rocky Ridge Rd (cnr Beyers Naude Dr), Muldersdrift
Goddess Cafe, LindenIn September 2021 Pretoria coffee shop Goddess Cafe opened their Joburg branch. Pretty in pink is the name of the game with everything from the flowers and decor to the cakes taking on shades of pink. Try the Spanish latte, made with condensed milk, espresso shots and coloured frothed milk of your choice. For your pet, not only are there abundant water bowls, they even have a full dog's dinner menu that includes four meal options based on chicken, rice and vegetables.
44 1st Ave, Linden
Loof Coffee, GreensideA favourite with early morning runners and cyclists in leafy Greenside, Loof Coffee boasts a small takeaway store out front and in the back a huge sunny courtyard. The speciality coffee is excellent, particularly when paired with one of their home-baked treats, or items from the delicious brunch menu. After taking your pup out for an early morning run, drop by for a coffee while your pooch refreshes from one of the doggy water bowls.
38 Gleneagles Rd, Greenside
Morning Glory, ParkwoodThis tiny and lively coffee shop on Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkwood has become one of the city's most loved brunch spots, serving excellent food in fun and casual surrounds. Decadent brunch options include the toasted espresso waffle and ice-cream, peanut butter and jelly oats, or their famous pastrami sarmie, perfectly paired with a cup of Bean There coffee. Grab one of the streetside tables and order a creamy puppuccino to keep your pet happy while you soak up the scene.
148 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
Richmond Studio Cafe, RichmondRichmond Studio Cafe is a charming and eclectic neighbouhood hangout in historic Richmond (neighbouring Melville). The cafe has an authentic wood-fired pizza oven that dishes out delicious pizzas daily until 19:00. What's more their outdoor deck has plenty of space to accommodate those with pets in tow looking to enjoy a lazy Sunday lunch of pizza and wine.
14 Menton Rd (cnr Park Rd), Richmond
Toasted, ParkwoodA quirky space tucked away in a hidden courtyard at 138 Jan Smuts Avenue, Toasted has some of the best gourmet toasted sandwiches in Joburg and serves delicious coffee from Humble Coffee Roasters from KwaZulu Natal. This is also a popular spot for co-working with outdoor counters fitted with plug points and an indoor meeting room. Find a shady corner of the courtyard and settle in with your laptop and your pet (water bowls are available).
138 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood
Yield Coffee Bar, LindenLocated right next to the Herbert Evans art shop on Linden's charming main street 4th Avenue, Yield Coffee Bar's standout feature is its bright and sunny plant-filled (and pet-friendly) courtyard. The coffee is fantastic and we can also recommend their gourmet sandwiches. If you're an early riser, you'll be pleased to know Yield opens Monday to Saturday from 06:00.
Linden Mews, cnr 8th St and 4th Ave, Linden
Zara’s Café, RivoniaA bright and welcoming cafe in Rivonia, with gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces. They have a full breakfast and lunch menu, serve coffee from KZN's Coastal Coffee Roasters and are famous for their decadent cakes and baked goods. Classic favourites include the lemon cake and generously portioned custard slices. Totally pet-friendly, this is a sunny and casual space for a post-dog walking brunch.
329 Rivonia Blv, Edenburg, Rivonia