Every dog lover cherishes those lazy weekend mornings spent with their four-legged pal. With Dog Mums Day on the horizon this Saturday, May 11th, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a delicious dog-friendly brunch. Melbourne’s dog-friendly cafe scene offers plenty of options, where you can sip your coffee and indulge in delectable dishes while your pup happily lounges by your side. 

What sets these brunch spots apart is more than just their delectable brunch offerings. It’s their understanding of the needs of both pets and their owners, particularly when Melbourne’s unpredictable weather comes into play. They don’t just provide a few umbrellas at the curb; they offer proper cover and comfort, rain or shine. And they don’t stop there. They extend their care to our furry companions with special treats and sometimes dedicated doggy menu items that truly make them feel cherished.

Let’s explore some of Melbourne’s best dog-friendly brunch locations where you and your dog can enjoy a great morning out. So, leash up and let’s go!

Old Man Drew in Ascot Vale

Old Man Drew is the perfect escape for dog lovers and furry companions looking to celebrate Dog Mums Day. This Ascot Vale gem transports you to a rustic garden oasis with its sprawling, whimsical courtyard – far more enchanting than a simple dining space.

As you enjoy a sip of one of their delicious wines or cocktails, you will be surrounded by the unique and rustic decor of the courtyard. This ambience will make you feel like you are far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can indulge in some exceptional brunch dishes while your furry friend lounges by your side. The friendly staff will extend warm hospitality to both you and your pet.

Old Mand Drew dog friendly cafe in Ascot Vale

Old Man Drew is a favourite for those seeking a laid-back yet enchanting dog-friendly brunch experience in Melbourne. Treat your canine mum to a delightful outing at this rustic oasis, where you can relax and unwind with your beloved furry companion.

The Mordi Canteen in Mordialloc

The Mordi Canteen in Mordialloc is the perfect place to brunch with your furry bestie. This laid-back café has an effortlessly cool vibe that encourages you to slow down and savour the moment. Locals adore it for its delicious, innovative meals and commitment to making every guest feel at home – whether on two legs or four.

the Mordi Canteen, Dog friendly cafe in Moridalloc

The genuine smiles and eagerness of staff to greet every dog with a pat and treat instantly make you feel welcome. The front courtyard captures Mordialloc’s beachside spirit, offering a cozy nook protected from Melbourne’s unpredictable weather yet blessed with a breath of ocean air. Ceiling heaters and fans keep the space comfortable, rain or shine.

This dog-friendly gem is an idyllic spot to enjoy a leisurely brunch with your canine companion by your side.

Leroys in Newport

Nestled in the heart of Newport, Leroy’s Cafe is a local gem that epitomises Melbourne’s thriving cafe culture. This dog-friendly cafe shines, making it a must-visit for brunch lovers and furry companions.

Leroy’s has earned a stellar reputation amongst locals for its friendly service, modern minimalist design, and overall vibe of ease. The covered courtyard is a standout feature, creating a cheerful alfresco setting on sunny days. When Melbourne’s weather turns chilly or wet, the courtyard’s roof heaters and stylish wooden slatted walls keep you and your pup cozy and warm.

Leroys dog-friendly cafe in Newport

Leroy’s offers a welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy quality time with your four-legged friend by your side. No wonder this Newport cafe is considered one of the best dog-friendly brunch spots in Melbourne’s west.

Levanter Cafe in Balaclava

If you’re craving a culinary adventure that breaks free from the typical cafe offerings, let your taste buds explore the flavours of the Middle East at Levanter Cafe. This remarkable dog-friendly gem in Balaclava is a refreshing departure from Melbourne’s parade of chilli scrambled eggs and smashed avocado.

Menengiç Pistachio Coffee at Levanter Cafe

My partner, pup, and I have become regulars at Levanter. Drawn in by its well-deserved stellar ratings and surprisingly under-the-radar status among dog-friendly cafes in Melbourne’s southeast. What sets this place apart is its unique Syrian-style menu and the warm, personal touch from owner Sam. He has a knack for making every two-legged and four-legged customer feel right at home.

This combination of heartfelt service and a mouthwatering spread of Middle Eastern teas, coffees, and food options makes Levanter a perfect destination for celebrating Dog Mums Day over breakfast or lunch.

Botanic Cafe in Toorak

Hidden in the heart of Toorak, the Botanic Cafe is a magical oasis where every meal feels like an event. Unlike some brunch spots that nudge pooches outside, the Botanic Cafe welcomes dogs with open arms into their chic indoor courtyard. This climate-controlled space is a haven no matter what weather Melbourne throws your way. While there’s no dedicated doggie menu, a sneaky treat or two from home ensures your canine companion feels included in the brunch festivities – no drool-filled stares, just wagging tails!

botanic dog-friendly cafe

It’s this understanding of the bond between humans and their four-legged friends that makes the Botanic Cafe a standout dog-friendly cafe. Celebrate Dog Mums Day in this enchanting, pet-friendly oasis offering a delightful respite from the bustling streets.

Mercetta in Mornington

As you step into Mercetta, the distinctly modern yet welcoming vibe instantly puts you at ease. This buzzing Mornington cafe perfectly balances contemporary style and casual comfort. One standout feature is the covered back section dedicated to dogs and their owners. Fully shielded from the elements with gas heating. it’s the ideal cozy spot to enjoy quality time with your pup, no matter the weather.

Merchetta dog-friendly cafe in  Mornington

At Mercetta, they understand dogs are family. That’s why they’ve dedicated a special menu section for four-legged diners. Treat your pup to a puppaccino or crunchy Puppy Pops and Paw Cookies – adorable and dog-approved treats that ensure your furry companion isn’t just a bystander but part of the dining experience.

With its stylish yet relaxed ambience and dedicated pet-friendly offerings, Mercetta is the perfect spot to celebrate Dog Mums Day.

Gasworks Cafe in Albert Park

Gasworks Cafe in Albert Park is truly barking up the right tree for being a standout dog-friendly cafe. You’ll be welcomed into a lively atmosphere filled with friendly faces, both behind and in front of the counter. The staff aren’t just baristas and servers; they’re unofficial dog greeters who might even give your pup a head pat before making your coffee (let’s face it, your furry friend probably deserves it more).

Dog treats at Gasworks Cafe

While the brunch menu leans on the simpler side with hearty sandwiches, melt-in-your-mouth toasties, and handcrafted coffees, your fur-baby can indulge in freshly baked, human-grade House-Made Dog Biscuits, Pup Cakes, and yes, even Puppy Cinos. Our four-legged food critics give these treats enthusiastic tail wags of approval.

What makes Gasworks special is the covered courtyard that opens into a dog-friendly art park. This cafe ticks all the boxes – great food, a welcoming pup vibe, and an eco-friendly ethos. It’s no wonder Gasworks is a favourite amongst Albert Park’s dog-loving crowd.