Dog-Friendly Cafes, Restaurants & Bars in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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No need to leave your dog behind if you’re heading out for a coffee, meal or drink with your family. We’ve found a number of places in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland where your dog can accompany you. Have we missed a dog-friendly dining spot? Email us at info(at)


The Autumn Rooms

Your furry friend is more than welcome at the relaxed and friendly The Autumn Rooms on Darby Street, Cooks Hill and Mitchell Street, Stockton.

Location: 127 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW & 42 Mitchell Street, Stockton

Website: The Autumn Rooms

The Beehive Honeysuckle

This popular cafe located in the Honeysuckle precinct welcomes dogs. They even serve up puppacchino’s and housemade dog treats. The perfect spot to rest and recharge with your doggo while out for your walk along Newcastle’s scenic harbour.

Location: 3/15-17 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW

Website: The Beehive Honeysuckle

Between Kings and Queens

Dog-friendly cafe Newcastle

You can find this coffee cart in Tighes Hill from 6am to 1pm on Monday to Friday and 7am to 12pm on Saturday and Sunday. Hang out with your dog in their outdoor courtyard.

Location: 73A Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill NSW

Instagram: Between Kings and Queens

Blue Door Kiosk

Whether you’re an early riser or out for an afternoon stroll along Bathers Way, popular Blue Door Kiosk is dog friendly and a top spot to stop for a rest and a snack. A little further up, Dixon Park Reserve allows dogs off-leash sunrise to 9am and 5pm to sunset.

Location: Cnr Watkins Street & John Parade, Merwether, NSW

Website: Blue Door Kiosk

Cafe Inu

Cafe Inu is popular with dog owners who bring their pooches here to enjoy the delicious food. You can also grab a puppaccino off the dog menu. Fun fact: Inu actually means dog in Japanese. While you’re here, you’ll spot Bear, the 3-legged dog.

Location: 43 Denison Street, Carrington, NSW

Website: Cafe Inu

Cake Boi

While you’re grabbing your favourite slice of cake and coffee to go from Cake Boi, you can also pick up a handmade dog treat for your pooch.

Location: 48 Lindsay Street, Hamilton, NSW

Website: Cake Boi

Carrington Bowlo

Located not far from the Carrington Foreshore off-leash dog area, Carrington Bowlo is a relaxed and friendly space for adults, kids and dogs. A welcoming, old fashioned club, located in the heart of one of Newcastle’s oldest suburbs.

Location: 1C Cowper Street, Carrington, NSW

Website: Carrington Bowlo

Clarendon Hotel

Bring your dog to the Clarendon Hotel in Newcastle CBD. Dogs can enjoy the beer garden along with you. If they get thirsty, they can sip away at the dog bowl aka puppy bar.

Location: 347 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Clarendon Hotel

The Criterion Hotel

The Criterion Hotel in Carrington openly welcome dogs – actually, they even admit to sometimes preferring their four-legged patrons to their two-legged ones. Their beer garden is a lovely place to sit and enjoy a meal or a beer with mates (of the two-legged and four-legged variety).

Location: 81 Bourke Street, Carrington, NSW

Website: The Criterion Hotel

Customs House Hotel

The outdoor beer garden at Customs House Hotel is a top spot to bring your dog. With views of the Newcastle Harbour and a relaxed environment, it’s a pawfect place to spend an afternoon.

Location: 1 Bond Street, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Customs House Hotel

East End Hub

Dogs are very welcome outside at the East End Hub. Located in Newcastle’s beautiful East End, there is plenty of outdoor seating available.

Location: 3/3 King Street, Newcastle, NSW

Website: East End Hub

ELMAs on Clyde

ELMAs on Clyde call themselves a kid, dog and human refuge. They offer specialty coffee and worldly dishes and a large, shaded outdoor dining area.

Location: 54 Clyde Street, Hamilton North, NSW

Website: ELMAs on Clyde

The Family Hotel

This “pub for everyone” welcomes every member of your family including your dog. 

Location: 635 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW

Website: The Family Hotel

Ground Up Espresso

Dogs are welcome, and celebrated, at this quirky cafe in the main street of Carrington.  

Location: 120 Young Street, Carrington, NSW

Website: Ground Up Espresso

Ka-fey Cafe

Offering a tasty nutritional menu, Ka-fey Cafe is a dog-friendly spot in Hunter Street Mall. Sit outside with your dog in front of the cafe. You’ll find shade and water bowls as well as Dawg Beer and Puppaccino on the menu for your dog.

Location: 146 – 148 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Ka-fey Cafe

Lexies on the Beach

Take your dog for a walk around Stockton and stop for a feed at Lexies on the Beach near Stockton Beach. Dogs are welcome in the outside dining area. There’s shade provided by umbrellas as well as water bowls.

Location: 128 Mitchell Street, Stockton, NSW

Website: Lexies on the Beach

Little Lane Espresso

It’s a doggy crowd at this cafe with lots of dog owners and their adorable pups enjoying a coffee and a chat outside.

Location: 52 Orchardtown Road, New Lambton, NSW

Website: Little Lane Espresso

The Kiosk Newcastle Beach

The Kiosk loves doggos. Grab a coffee or a healthy eat after a big walk and while you’re enjoying it your doggo will be looked after with a bowl of fresh water.

Location: 42 Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle East, NSW

Website: The Kiosk Newcastle Beach


Everyone is welcome at Moneypenny, even customers of the four-legged variety. Moneypenny provide dog beds, so your furry friend is comfortable, and a menu that’s perfect for sharing with friends, making them a top choice for a doggy-date with mates.

Location: 1 Honeysuckle Drive, The Boardwalk, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Moneypenny

Newcastle Food and Flower Markets

Enjoy a coffee while your furry friend enjoys a puppaccino in their very own Puppaccino Bar. Enjoy the food and flower market afterwards. Open Wednesday to Sunday.

Location: 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate, NSW

Website: Newcastle Food and Flower Markets

Onyx Espresso Bar

Onyx welcomes all pups big and small. They also serve up a decent puppaccino but, if you’re dog isn’t into those, there are plenty of water bowls available.

Location: 191 Maitland Road, Mayfield, NSW

Website: Onyx Espresso Bar

Praise Joe Urban Pantry

If the beautiful artwork, cold brew or range of delicious treats at Praise Joe Urban Pantry don’t tempt you, then the fact that doggos are not only welcomed, but celebrated there, will.

Location: 8/20 Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill, NSW

Website: Praise Joe Urban Pantry

Queens Wharf Hotel

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Newcastle Harbour with your best mate and a wine, cocktail or something delicious off the menu at Queens Wharf Hotel. There’s plenty of outdoor seating available and outdoors is the best spot to enjoy the harbour breeze.

Location: 150 Wharf Road, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Queens Wharf Hotel


With outdoor tables and a fabulous lawn area plus ordering available through their side window, everyone, including the four-legged members of the family, can enjoy a visit to Scotties, Newcastle’s deluxe fish and chip shop with a touch of Mediterranean. The perfect spot for an early dinner.

Location: 36 Scott Street, Newcatle East, NSW

Website: Scotties

Suspension Espresso

Dogs are more than welcome to hang out in the back courtyard of this popular cafe on Beaumont Street.

Location: 3 Beaumont Street. Hamilton, NSW

Website: Suspension Espresson

Swell at Bar Beach

Open from 6:30am for the early risers, Swell at Bar Beach is dog-friendly. After you’ve enjoyed something from the menu, take your doggo across the road for a walk or a play at Dixon Park Reserve (dogs allowed off-leash here from sunrise to 9am and 5pm to sunset).

Location: 1 Memorial Drive, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Swell at Bar Beach

The Wickham Boatshed

The Wickham Boatshed love dogs so much that your dog might even score a treat from their friendly staff while you are enjoying your coffee or meal overlooking the boats on the harbour. A great place to stop during or after your walk around the Throsby Creek area.

Location: 91 Hannel Street, Wickham, NSW

Website: The Wickham Boatshed


Wil&Sons is a good choice if you’re wandering Darby Street with your four-legged pal. Serving up craft beer, food & wine and coffee, you can even grab a Dog Beer for your mate.

Location: 102 Darby Street, Newcastle, NSW

Website: Wil&Sons

Lake Macquarie

Cafe Macquarie

Bring your dog to Cafe Macquarie and sit outdoors in the dog-friendly outdoor seating.

Location: 26 Macquarie Street, Belmont NSW

Website: Cafe Macquarie

Mateys at The Esplanade

Take your four-legged mate to Mateys at The Esplanade, in front of The Esplanade Motel. It’s a top spot to head to after doing the lakeside walk in Warners Bay. This vintage coffee van offers amazing coffee and treats and outdoor seating. For dogs, they have water bowls and puppaccinos.

Location: 568 The Esplanade, Warners Bay, NSW

Website: Mateys at the Esplanade

Royal Crown Hotel

Small and medium-sized dogs are welcome at Royal Crown Hotel in Dudley. They even have a dog menu.

Location: 94 Ocean Street, Dudley, NSW

Website: Royal Crown Hotel

Table 1 Espresso

Grab an outside table for your and your dog and enjoy the views across to Warners Bay Foreshore. There’s a massive menu for you to choose from.

Location: 2/450 The Esplanade, Warners Bay, NSW

Website: Table 1 Espresso


The Belmore Hotel

Hang out with your dog in the beer garden at The Belmore Hotel.

Location: 476 High Street, Maitland, NSW

Website: The Belmore Hotel

The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar

Check out this independent bike shop and cafe in Maitland. There’s outdoor seating so you can bring your dog while you enjoy coffee, tea or a snack.

Location: 326 High Street, Maitland, NSW

Website: The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar

The OrangeTree

Located riverfront at Maitland, you can dine with dogs in their outdoor seating. Go for a walk before or after your meal along the Maitland riverfront area.

Location: 346 High Street, Maitland, NSW

Website: The OrangeTree

Seraphine Cafe at MRAG

You can bring your dog and dine in the outside area of Seraphine Cafe at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Location: 230 High Street, Maitland, NSW

Website: Seraphine Cafe

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