Saturday mornings call for a relaxed stroll at the park with your pooch, followed by a delicious cappuccino at a local eatery straight after. The only issue? Not every restaurant allows our furry friends at the table. Luckily, there are a few exceptions and we’ve compiled a list of the top pet-friendly restaurants in SA we love…
This wholesome family restaurant and bakery in the heart of Birdhaven is a favourite among locals. Here, pet-owners and their fur babies can enjoy a light lunch together at the tables outside. Ask your waiter to bring a water bowl, while you peruse the dog-friendly menu. Why not spoil your furry companion with doggie biscuits or a helping of organic chicken livers? Either way, they’ll be in pet heaven!
This seaside eatery, based in Ballito, offers guests a chance to soak in sweeping ocean views with their beloved pets by their side – and there’s a special Canine Cuisine menu, too! Apart from a bowl of water upon arrival, paw-rents can order tasty items like the Chicken A La Pooch (150g grilled chicken breast) with a Milk Draught (a bowl of milk) on the side for a pet-approved dinner and drink combo. Delightful!
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All furry friends are welcome at Savages Fine Food in Port Elizabeth, including house parrots! And what’s more, the menu is jam-packed with nutrition offering both vegan and vegetarian options. There will be no better place to visit than this charming spot come weekend, so rope the family into joining you for a hearty lunch at Savages with your four-legged companions in tow.
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Here, you will encounter a cool breeze rolling off the oceanfront as you and your clan happily sit down to enjoy a meal at Melkbosstrand’s Die Damhuis. This seaside eatery is a hidden gem of note! Its menu includes a section dedicated to pets that includes a starter of mini meatballs or chicken cubes, as well as two ice-cream flavours for dessert. There’s a designated play area for furry friends and plenty of water bowls on hand. At Die Damhuis, every ‘doggie’ comfort is catered to!
Four-legged friends are welcome to tag along for a meal at Pretoria’s La Madeleine. This French- and Belgian-inspired restaurant offers guests a gastronomical feast they won’t soon forget! Doggies will receive a bowl from which they can happily lap up water, while paw-rents can indulge in a glass of wine. Fine dining in a homely setting with your pets? Simply stunning!
Compiled by Features Writer Marike Watson
Features writer by trade, music lover and fine-line illustrator by nature. As an expert on the ’70s era, Marike will happily introduce you to her record collection. She’s passionate about African art and culture. And if she’s not off on an adventure, you’ll most likely find her making coffee.