Top Five Pet-Friendly Cafes in Brisbane’s North
A few years ago I made two decisions, to leave the downtown apartment life for a backyard and a pet in Brisbane’s northside. In the end, I opted for a townhouse in the beautiful Dakabin Crossing precinct and a Labrador named Marley. From then on, I have one constant in my life; no matter how my day was, no matter what else happened, I am guaranteed a Monday to Friday warm welcome as soon as my car pulls into the driveway. My way to repay all that devotion and love is by taking her out every Saturday for a run in the park, followed by breakfast, brunch or, sometimes, even a cheeky afternoon cocktail. We like to change it up a fair bit, so this is how we got to know some pretty cool pet-friendly cafes and bars in Brisbane’s Northside. Here are Marley’s and my top four.
BLVD Bar & Cafe – 59 Endeavour Blvd, North Lakes
We love to keep it local. BLVD is only a 15-minute bike ride or a 5-minute drive from home. The terrace overlooks the lake which always gives me the sensation that I am on holidays. The menu is pretty concise, but I’m still yet to have a meal that did not taste amazing. The staff are true animal lovers, so much so, that they created an Instagram account just for their four-legged customers; @dogsatblvd. This is the cafe we visit the most and we have a set routine; Quick coffee, walk around the lake and return for a meal. Living near the water is a luxury that I will never grow tired of.
The Bold Bean Cafe – 49 Flinders Parade, North Lakes
Another great local spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch is the Bold Bean Cafe. They have a chocolate thick shake that truly hits the spot when I’m craving a sweet treat. Combine it with a FRESH croissant and you’re onto a winning combo right there. Their serving sizes are generous and coffee is as per their namesake – bold. Marley even gets served with a bowl of water for her own. It’s also right across the road from Meatland where I run over and buy my meats for the week.
The Hideout Coffee House – 22 Main St, Narangba
This is one of Brisbane’s North hidden gems. The thing about the Hideout is that everything they try to do, they nail. They don’t spread themselves too thin and that allows them to concentrate on certain aspects of their business. It’s probably the best coffee in Brisbane. The decoration is simple and graceful. There are plants everywhere and the tables and chairs are spaced out generously. I am five minutes away from home but I have the feeling that I am in a remote forest retreat. Marley knows her way around and sometimes it seems that she is the one that chooses where we sit. After my flat-white, I often ask for a chai-late to take-away. From there, we usually head to Kelly Street Park for a wonder. It’s only three blocks away and very shady with lots of tree cover, perfect for the hotter summer days.
Two Streets Over Cafe – 6 Swan St, Gordon Park
Eggs Benedict is my favourite breakfast and in Brisbane’s North, no one does it better than the Two Streets Over Cafe. This is how the day will typically go. Marley and I will get in the car and drive over to Kedron Aussie Rules Club. From our place in Dakabin Crossing, it only takes 20-25 minutes to get there. Even when there are games on, there is always plenty of parking. The club is in a big sports complex with rugby fields, tennis courts and a bikeway along Kedron Brook. Towards the other end of the park is Kalinga Dog Park. There I can let Marley off the leash so she can run around and meet other dogs. When the weather is nice, we leave the car there and walk to the cafe. By the time I get there, I’m very much looking forward to my eggs benedict and Marley is ready for a long drink. The staff are great with Marley and it seems that I am not the only one that thinks so, because every time we go there are two or three other dogs with their owners enjoying the cruisy vibe.
Fitz+Potts – 1180 Sandgate Rd, Nundah (Upstairs)
My home at Dakabin has an amazing open plan with high ceilings and big windows that I can open to let fresh air in. So kicking my feet up at home in the morning is not a bad way to start the weekend. After a lazy day-in, a sunset cocktail is the best motivator to take Marley out for a walk. Fitz+Potts has the best chocolate martini I have ever had and the Nundah Dog Park is a three-minute stroll away. This cafe, slash bar, has a great little terrace overlooking Chapel St. Retro furniture and pink flamingos set the scene and invite you to be yourself. The atmosphere is chilled and not at all pretentious and I reckon Marley can sense that.
A day with Marley has to be good for her, but it also has to be good for me. Moving to the Northside was a great decision and so was getting a pet to share it with.