Four years of sampling Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Cafes has produced this up-to-date list of the best Dog Friendly Cafes Sunshine Coast. Having acquired a Toy Poodle more than a year ago, we now view Sunshine Coast Cafes and Bars through a dog friendly filter.
When holidaying on the Sunshine Coast there are plenty of options for dining out with your pet.
As far as the beaches surrounding the dog friendly cafes, this map shows the different zones on the Sunshine Coast.
We continually discover new dog friendly cafes, restaurants and bars and revisit favourites to keep the list updated.
As long as Sunshine Coast Cafes have an outdoor area accessed from the outside, they are generally considered to be dog friendly, although the business has the final choice. Some premises provide water bowls and fewer offer dog treats. Dogs should be on a lead and under control.
Assistance dogs have special dispensation for access while Therapy Dogs are considered pets.
We’ve divided our Dog Friendly Cafes Sunshine Coast into districts and provided addresses and phone numbers when possible.
The list is in South to North order from Caloundra to Noosa.
Check here to find the best Sunshine Coast Beach for you.
What You Will Find in This Post
Dog Friendly Calounda Cafes – Moffat Beach
Moffat Beach is our favourite Caloundra Beach, but in reality Caloundra is blessed with an abundance of great beaches. Sheltered by Moffat headland, the beach is perfect for escaping southerly winds, plus there are rock ledges and pools to explore. It is not considered a safe place to swim.
These three cafes are repeatedly mentioned when people start talking Dog Friendly venues.
The Pocket Espresso Bar
Situated in Seaview Terrace, a street full of dog friendly cafes Sunshine Coast, including Moffat Beach Brewing Company, Little Pocket’s back courtyard with fake grass and doggie water bowls welcomes dogs even though access is through the Cafe. Ocean views from the front bar, cool decor and licensed plus there is a kid’s playground across the road. Prices Medium.
Open Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon drinks and Dinner, Little Pocket never disappoints.
- 6 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach
- 0476 793 800
One Block Back Moffat Beach
One Block Back at Moffat Beach is situated in a no through street. The unlikely position of this big old shed is intriguing and turns out it’s just the kind of place I love. It has loads of atmosphere and decor items like plant pots for sale plus a menu for all diets.
Dogs are not allowed inside the shed, but are in the huge undercover area running the full length of the shed. Surrounded my bush and with heaters and plant pots overhead it is a lovely place to enjoy a cuppa and cake. There were two large groups enjoying themselves, a young mother’s group and a retiree group, but the space absorbed them easily.
The day we visited was raining and cold but the outside dog friendly area was dry and protected by excellent full plastic blinds. This would have to be one of the best dog friendly cafes during inclement weather, plus it’s quirky and interesting.
The fanciest looking muffin in the cabinet happened to be vegan and was delicious. After perusing the menu we have decided to return for lunch – the steak sandwich sounded out of this world.
Hours 7 am till 2 pm
- 106 Nothling Street, Moffat Beach
- 0424 762 946
Dog Friendly Caloundra Cafe – Kings Beach
Coffee Cat on Kings Beach
If sitting directly beachside with only a walkway between you and the sand is your thing, then head to Coffee Cat on Kings Beach.
Breakfast and Lunch every day and on Friday and Saturday Nights live music from 3.30 pm with your dinner and from 11 am for the Sunday Sesh. Try their lemon meringue buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and cocktails. Dog Friendly Outside. Check for Covid changes.
Coffee from 5.30 am House Blend. Close 7 pm Monday to Thursday
- 8 Levuka Street, Kings Beach
- 5438 1773
Dog Friendly Caloundra Cafe – Currimundi Lake
Currimundi Lake is a family friendly river/lake opening to the Ocean except for 6 weeks of the year. See more about dog access to lake here. Access to 1.5 km off-leash beach (access points 249-262). Currumundi access from where Gothic Parade meets the ocean.
There are two cafes both of which are dog friendly cafes.
Thrills Espresso – Kite Thrills
Thrills Espresso fronts a grassed area perfect for dogs. All seating areas are dog friendly. Thrills Espresso is licensed with cold tap beer, selected wines and reasonably priced cocktails. Perfect for a sunny afternoon. We tried their burgers – great value and tasty.
You can even buy doggy donuts.
Enjoy music on the grassed area from 3.30 pm Saturday and Sundays. Friday night is outdoor movie night relaxing in bean bags on the grass.
It’s a chilled kind of place. Prices Medium or Less.
Summer Hours. Monday to Thursday 6.30 am to 3 pm. Fri. Sat. Sun. 6.30 am to 7 pm or later.
- 1 Watson Street, Currimundi
- 1300 484 745
Coco’s Currimundi Beach
The menu is more comprehensive at Coco’s and a tad more expensive but still very affordable. Seating is directly outside or across the walkway and is all dog friendly. Breakfast Menu from opening till 11 a.m. Lunch Menu from 11.30 am. Coco’s is BYO. We grabbed a coffee and headed to the beach.
Open 7.30 am to 3 pm (Nov. 2020) changing to 6.30 to 6 pm in December 2020.
- 1 Westaway Parade, Currimundi
- 0460 542 170
Mooloolaba Cafes and Restaurants
Spero Greek Restaurant
Overlooking Mooloolaba Marina, Spero Restaurant will transport you to Greece with Tzatziki, Calamari, Gyros, Spanakopita and Saganaki. Having to cancel our trip to Greece this year I’m repeatedly drawn to Spero.
With Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Menus, Spero has something for everyone. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables, adjacent to thriving pots of herbs and lemon trees. Unfortunately they are not allowed on the deck overlooking the boat harbour.
In summer the outdoor dog friendly area is best at afternoon/night. Attracting the mid-day sun, the outdoor tables give a Greek Island burst of warmth in Winter. Come for lunch and stay for dinner. No Table Reservations. Prices Medium.
Open for Lunch, Dinner and Takeaway 7 days 11.30 am till 8 pm. Licensed.
- 123 Parkyn Parade, The Wharf Mooloolaba
- 5478 4962
Rice Boi Mooloolabah Wharf – Asian Street Food Restaurant
With the same owners as Spero, Rice Boi overlooks the Maroochy River. The menu is Asian Street Food and a firm favourite of ours. The riverside deck offers Sunset Viewing and together with the Beer Garden is Dog Friendly.
Separate Vegan and Gluten Free Menus make ordering a breeze. No Table Reservations. Prices Medium.
Open for Lunch, Dinner and Takeaway 7 days 11.30 till 8 pm. Licensed. Rice Boi Upstairs Dive Bar has an acoustic license and opens 12 pm till late. Sunday opening times vary.
- 123 Parkyn Parade, The Wharf Mooloolaba
- 5444 1297
Velo Cafe Mooloolaba
Our favourite Dog Friendly Cafe Mooloolaba, the Velo Project is located in an art covered former garage, away from the Esplanade Cafe Strip. The old timber floors are authentic, the coffee good and the footpath and rear courtyard welcome diners with pooches.
Described as Banana, date & pecan bread with pistachio and toasted coconut crumble, Bryon Bay Honey, mascarpone and fresh fruit (local of course), Arminya Lane tastes as scrumptious as it looks on the menu. The Bacon in Marty’s BAE and the double smoked ham in my Buckwheat Crepes were top quality. The menu is small, thoughtful and leans toward brunch.
Family Friendly with a Special Kids Menu. Parking is easier here than the seafront and it’s a quick drive or a hilly 7 minute walk down Meta Street from the Esplanade. Prices Medium.
Although the week-day lunch crowd had arrived in numbers by noon on our last visit, Velo service was remarkably speedy and as always friendly.
Open for Breakfast and Lunch 7 am till 2 pm.
- 19 Careela Street, Mooloolaba
- 5444 8693
Dog Friendly Cafes Birtinya/Kawana Island
Mykies by the Bay
Mykies is a fantastic cafe to take your dog to. It’s located on a Sunny Coast waterway in the district of Parrearra or Kawana Waters – and who doesn’t like a water view with their breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Dogs can order from Wes’s Dog Menu.
Being only 10 minutes from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), Mykies is a lovely place to relax after visiting loved ones in hospital, of course dogs are not welcome at the hospital.
Fun Fact: Parrearra’s boundaries are the Mooloolah River, Parrearra Channel and Wyuna Canal so it’s actually an island. The sheer amount of natural and man-made waterways on the Coast is impressive.
Open Mon/Tue – 7am till 2.30pm. Wed to Sat – 7am till 8pm. Sunday 7am till 3pm
- 5 Grand Parade, Parrearra.
- 5437 9366
Foody Doody Cafe and Bar
With views over Lake Kawana, Foody Doody is a super-friendly hangout for you and your dog. I’ve heard the coffee is great, but we visited for Monday lunch and the Double Cheeseburgers we each devoured would have to be the most freshest and delicious on the coast. Nothing fancy but Oh so good.
Foody Doody is even closer to SCUH than Mykies is.
The whole place is outdoors so is dog friendly.
Open Monday to Friday 6.30am to 2.30pm
- Unit 2/1 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya
- 5437 6855
Dog Friendly Cafes Buderim Sunshine Coast
The leafy hill town of Buderim, wedged between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba on the inland side of the highway has fantastic views over the ocean. At just only a touch over 600 ft. above sea level, it is amazing how much better the Poinciana street trees flower up here. If you arrive in flowering season you are in for a treat.
For not so lazy don’t forget the Tramway Walk, a 1.8 km one way dog friendly walkway off Mons Road.
Completely separate, the beautiful Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk is unfortunately not dog-friendly.
Buderim is well-endowed with Cafes, a lot of which are dog friendly.
Lions Park opposite Vandy’s Garage (Cafe 118 Burnett Street) has BBQ’s, toilets and picnic settings, not forgetting beautiful views.
The Shak Organic Cafe
The Shak on a cold winter day Buderim
Although The Shak Organic Cafe Buderim is located on a main street roundabout, their outdoor area is raised with balustrade and gardens providing a buffer from the road.
This dog friendly Cafe is licensed, with tall bar seating and bench along bifold windows, separating the two eating areas.
The Shak specialises in healthy tasty Organic Food. The coffee is great and although the array of treats in their cabinet is selective, the Mollasses and Ginger cookie I chose was delightfully textured and flavoursome.
The interesting menu caters for Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan diets. Nothing here is pre-made so be prepared to order from the menu.
Childrens Menu available.
Open 7 Days 7 am to 3 pm
- 11/43 Burnett Street, Buderim
- 5445 3692
Cafe Vie Buderim – Plant Based Vegan
Cafe Vie is legendary amongst Vegans on the Coast. Although not vegan, I’ve visited many times with our vegan daughter and always find something I fancy.
The whole Menu is Vegan and the cake/sweet counter deserves your attention.
Sit in the outdoor undercover area with it’s excellent flow through breezes in Summer and the glassed in area during winter.
There are always dogs at Cafe Vie.
Arrive early to grab a table.
Staff are very welcoming.
Alex Surf Club Beach Kiosk
Located on the beachfront at Alexandra Beach but in real life part of Maroochydore, the Beach Kiosk is a great option for open air casual dining.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach but are in the outdoor area of the Surf Club Beach Kiosk. Don’t miss the views from Alexandra Headland and dogs are welcome on walkways. Prices Medium or Less.
You can’t go past their Burgers. Licensed.
Open 7 days 6.30 am till 2 pm
- 167 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
- 5443 6677
Juan Fifty Kitchen and Bar
Specialising Mexican Food and Drinks. We drank Mojitos, Margaritas and Juices, but they also have a selection of Mexican and other beers.
Of course the draw card here is the delicious Mexican food, colourful decorations and relaxed atmosphere. Our table ordered a selection of Popcorn Broccoli/Pork Spare Rib Burrito bowls and Fish/Prawn/Steak Soft Tacos and Tostadas. All fantastic.
Plenty of outside tables where dogs are allowed.
Excellent Friendly service.
Opposite Alexandra Headlands Beach and Surf Club.
Open from 12 pm. Closed Mondays.
- Shop 3, 150 Alexandria Paraded, Alex Headland
- 5452 7656
With a tempting view of the Maroochy River across Cotton Tree Park, Envy offers heathy and delicious eating and drinking with a complimentary sea breeze.
Catering for Meat Eaters, Vegans and the Gluten Free, Envy’s juices are envy inducing. Think Organic, House Made, Grass Fed, Free Range and Community Garden. We particularly like the burgers here. Prices Medium.
Dog Friendly in outdoor areas.
Open 7 Days 6.30 am till 3pm
- Argyle in the Park Building, 5/31 Cotton Tree Parade
- 5443 8494
Cafe Nurcha – Vegan Cafe Maroochydore
A Vegan Institution on the Coast, Cafe Nurcha Maroochydore (Now Closed) and Kawana, offer 100% plant based fare.
With indoor and outdoor seating areas, the Kawana Cafe is situated at a thriving Nurcha retail store. It’s vegan heaven selling all Vegan groceries, new age and hippy-inspired gifts.
I love the fresh rice rolls with Satay Sauce (check the cabinet) They are full of goodness and oh so filling. Non Vegans will also love Nurcha All Vegan Menu for it’s tasty Potato Rosti, Smashed Avo and Wedges. Prices Low/Medium.
Open 7 Days 8.30 am till 5 pm (weekdays) and 4 pm (weekends)
- 32 Wises Road, Maroochydore
- 5479 0746
Third Place Bar – Boardstore Maroochydore
Great Coffee, almond croissants and service. Clientele are bearded and boardgames popular.
In pre-covid times this was one of the only places open after 3pm for a coffee. Then it was possible to arrive for coffee and stay for a beer or whisky. Management are hoping to re-introduce longer hours again. First to be reinstated will be Friday Night drinks so keep an eye on their facebook page for updates.
This Maroochydore Cafe is a walk through to Boardstore Maroochydore.
Open 7 days. Covid Hours. Monday to Saturday 5.30 am till 1 pm. Sunday 7 am to 11.30 am.
- 1/110 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore
- 5479 2993 (Boardstore Maroochydore)
Nguyen Bros. Maroochydore
Find the best Vietnamese on the Coast at Nguyen Bros. ground floor of the Kontiki Building in Maroochydore. Dogs are allowed in the shared eating space around the fountain.
We are repeat Nguyen Bros. customers and adore their Beef Pho in Winter and Banh Mi or Vermicelli Salad in Summer.
Dog Friendly in Open Area.
Lunch Service 11 am till 2.30 pm. Dinner Service 5 pm to 8 pm.
- T2 G07/55 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore
- 5443 3772
Urban Garden Maroochydore
Urban Garden lives in the Old Courthouse Maroochydore.
Finding a park on week-mornings, even though there are carparks in Cornmeal Parade, can be a challenge, but Week-end parking is easy.
Despite being set on a busy intersection, the deck captures a cool breeze and river glimpses. Afterward take a walk along the river to Cotton Tree. It is as pretty as a picture and human kids will love the playgrounds.
Mid November 2020 the original owners of Urban Garden (2015) handed over to Sharlee and Mitch. In late November we can confirm the coffee is still as awesome as Ty and Hannah’s.
I’m going to try the cold pressed Coffee over ice one hot summer’s day.
Grab a haircut while there or grab lunch from the weekday Food Truck lunch from 11 am to 2 pm.
Faith meets Winston Urban Garden.
Open 7 am to 12 noon
- 4 First Ave, Maroochydore
- 0400 947 859
The Boat Shed – Dog Friendly Restaurant Maroochydore
The Boat Shed Restaurant on the banks of the Maroochy River in Cotton Tree, Maroochydore offers a Tapas experience on their dog friendly front lawn. For once it seems, the dog friendly area has the best water views. Proximity to the water takes me back to the beach bars of Croatia.
Tapas include Calamari, Cured Meat Plates, Scallops, Momos, Duck Liver Parfait, Wings, Bao, Poppers and Fries, accompanied by beer, wine or cocktails. Seating transits from the shade of the Cotton Trees to open grass at sunset. No Bookings Taken.
Live Music Sundays 4 pm to 7 pm.
Tapas and Drinks from 11.30 till 7 pm with Coffee from 9 am.
- The Esplanade Cotton Tree (behind the Aquatic Centre)
- 5443 3808
High Tide Bar, Grill and Cafe, Mudjimba
The corner bar table at High Tide is the coveted spot from Friday to Sunday afternoons. That particular table can’t be booked, so it’s recommended to arrive by 4pm to grab a seat. Other tables can and should be booked Friday to Sunday.
Great food, drinks and atmosphere and the best hot chips around. Their bar food is tasty and the more expensive items like grilled fish on sweet potato mash are too. Live Music Friday, Saturday and Sunday arvo/nights. Dogs allowed outdoors.
Tuesday, Wednesday 7 am till 3 pm. Thursday till Sunday 7 am till 10 pm. Closed Mondays.
- Cnr. Mudjimba Esplanade and Mudjimba Beach Road, Mudjimba
- 5450 5554
Cuba Street – Hot Air Coffee Roasting Specialists
CLOSED AS AT JULY 2021
The Crew of Cuba Street Marcoola are upbeat, friendly and fast. More importantly the Coffee is top notch. Marty is a proud Cuba Street junkie. They do breakfast menu and food cabinet, muffins and their signature date and orange scones. Very popular, but as I’ve said you won’t have a long wait. Dog Friendly outside.
Look out for the old EH Holden Cars parked opposite.
Open Every Day including Christmas Day from 6 am. Weekdays 3 pm finish and Weekends 1 pm.
- 970 David Low Way, Marcoola
- 0406 034 626
Mount Coolum Dog Friendly Cafes
Daily Dose is a popular local choice. There are always dogs here and the Coffee is great. The best part about their outdoor dining (and it is nearly all outdoors) is it is undercover stretching from the front of the wide arcade to the rear. From the rear are wonderful views of Mount Coolum itself.
Currently the Daily Dose team have expanded their schedule to include Friday Night opening. We popped in for the Indonesian Balinese Food night with $5 Bintangs. The Nasi Goreng with Crispy Pork Belly and Asian Coconut Salad with Chicken Satay sticks were fantastic.
They’ve since moved on from Indnesian nights but are still open Friday nights.
Full Bar also available.
We will be back.
The breakfasts pump out of this place on the Week-end and look incredible. We are not big brekkie eaters but they are popular as all hell.
Outside Dining Dog Friendly. Next Door to Boa Down.
Open 7 Days 5.30 am till 2 pm and Friday Nights from 4 pm
- Mount Coolum Shopping Centre, 8/2 Suncoast Beach Drive, Cnr. of David Low Way
- 0456 804 192
Curlys on the Boardwalk
Curlys offer Breakfast Menu till 11 and Lunch Menu 11.30 am till 2 pm. The food and service at Curlys is spot on. Check out their daily blackboard specials.
It rocks as a venue for group lunches, or a week-end Coffee. “Curly” died in 2005 aged 29 in 2005 and Curlys on the Boardwalk celebrates his life.
Boardwalk and Patrolled beach nearby. Beachside shared bike trails.
Bookings suggested and Dog Friendly. Prices Medium.
Tue-Sun 8 am till 2.30 pm Closed Mondays
- 6 Breezeway Street, via Boardwalk Blvd, Mount Coolum
- 5446 1500
Coolum Cafes – The Esplanade
Coolum is our hometown. Read about things to do in Coolum.
The Shop is in the first block opposite the Coolum Surf Club. Sadly the Surf Club IS NOT dog friendly.
A Saturday Morning stroll along the Esplanade to “The Shop” for coffee is a must. Saturday morning means live music and a buzzing atmosphere. We try to avoid The Shop’s pastries because well – they are addictive – but when on holidays who cares?
As well as serving coffee and snacks, The Shop has a range of groceries, fresh flowers, greeting cards and gift items.
Open 5.30 am till 6 pm
- Shop 5 1776/1778 David Low Way Opposite Tickle Park
- 0400 301 078
Friendly Doggo at Raw Energy
All the cafes in this block share the music and atmosphere and are dog friendly. The cafes are easily accessed from Main Beach Coolum.
Listed from South to North they are:
Hot Chilli Bean Thai Cafe
Yum Gelato Coolum
The next block of shops north has two interesting dog friendly choices.
Hidden down an alley from the Esplanade next door to the Laundromat, Alley Cat has a bit of a cult following. So if you’re a cool cat you can bring your doggo here. Friday nights and other times you can rock to live music. Take-Away Coffees and eat-in Brunches are big, as are their tempting Muffins. The seating area is outdoors and confined.
Si Suphan – Asian Restaurant.
The scene of one of our Anniversary Dinners, Si Suphan offers dishes from a selection of Asian Countries. It’s not your typical Asian Menu. Book a high table on the footpath (especially good late afternoon/night) if you’re bringing your dog. We like it out there with or without our dog. I remember their long long Spring Rolls cut on an angle with fondness.
The Next block of shops north – the one before the Coolum Pub – contains The Coffee Club and Ma Boulange. The Coolum Pub is NOT dog friendly.
Coffee Club Coolum.
Coffee Club needs no introduction except to say that Coffee Club Coolum is directly opposite the entrance to the Caravan Park. It has loads of outdoor seating both in an outdoor undercover courtyard and at the front and is dog friendly.
Ma Boulange French Patisserie
Ma Boulange is the French Pastry Specialist of Coolum. Their range of Almond Croissants and sometimes double baked Pistachio Croissants, Sausage Rolls, Petit Fours and Danishes are first class. Check out the Celebration Cakes.
Spot the signature red and black umbrellas out front of this popular Brunch spot. Ma Boulange Coolum is all outside dining. Dogs Welcome.
Closed Tuesdays, Open at 7 am Wednesday to Saturday, Close 1.30 pm Sunday.
- Shop 7, 1812 David Low Way, Coolum – opposite Coolum Caravan Park.
- 5446 5820
Heading South from the Coolum Surf Club, the road follows the hill toward Point Perry, past two dog friendly Bars. The first is “My Place”.
My Place Coolum (Restaurant and Bar)
My Place has a front deck with another higher one behind. Both have ocean views. The front deck is dog friendly. I suggest booking. My Place is classified as an Italian Restaurant and we’ve had a delicious seafood linguine here, but they’re also a Mezze bar. We like to go between 3.30 and 5.30 pm for the $5 and $10 Drink and Tapas. What’s not to like?
Well we also enjoy a morning coffee at the ocean facing bar table on the second deck. The waves are mesmerising and boardwalk people watching equally so.
- 1768 David Low Way, Coolum
- 5446 4433
Canteen Bar and Grill
Only a little further uphill, but set down on street level is Canteen Bar and Grill. Our first visit was pre dog era, but we now take our dog whenever we are out and about. Book a table at peak times. Cocktails, Tap Beers and Wine and Coffee. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Although this photo shows the hitching pole, you are more than welcome to bring your dog with you into the outdoor dining area. This is what we do as Faith would fret being left outside.
There are sneaky ocean views and booking a table is recommended.
Thursday to Sunday 7am till late
- 1748 David Low Way, Coolum
- 5471 7477
Coolum Beach Cafes – Behind the Esplanade
The Caf Coolum always brews their Merlo Coffee just right – plus it is well-organised with friendly staff and locals. Caf is so reliable that we always bring our visitors and book a table first. The counter cakes are delicious, the food cabinet has cheaper options than the main menu and there are daily specials.
Caf is a local’s hangout through and through and very dog friendly. Relax with fido, a glass of wine and free wifi. Check their facebook page for afternoon music events. Licensed. Dog Friendly. Dog Water Bowls.
Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed 6 am till 4 pm. Thur/Fri/Sat/ 6 am till 6.30 pm.
- 21 Birtwill Street, Coolum
- 5446 3564
Hidden away in the complex behind Caf, Bean Head is another local joint.
A bit exposed in wet weather, with some under cover tables. The kids will love the play things. The menu here is small but isn’t short on variety. Look for house-made salads, toasted pita fold-overs (very filling), burrito bowls and something new daily. Limited seating so be organised and book. Unlicensed – Kid and Dog Friendly.
Closed Monday. 6 am till 2 pm Tues to Friday. 6 am till 1 pm Weekends.
- 15 Heathfield Road, Coolum (walk through past Matt’s Fruit Barn or The Caf)
- 0422 302 225
Freddy Fudpucker (or Freddy Fuddpukkas) Coolum Beach
Serving breakfast and brunch sine 2004 with in-house roasted 100% Arabica coffee. Their sweets and savouries are also made in-store. Freddy has a big following and is Dog Friendly. Dog Water Bowls. Open Air but undercover.
Week Days 6 am till 4 pm. Weekends 6am till 2 pm.
- Coolum Village, Shop 7 26/8 Birtwill Street
- 5446 2022
Rock Hop Espresso – Opposite the Bowls Club
Proudly serving Entity Coffee (from Sunshine Beach), which is a winning move in my book. Each day the coffee is complimented by a fresh range of Pastries and Local Goodies.
I do love the Espresso here, but their Chai Lattes are hard to resist too.
We love walking toy poodle Faith down to Rock Hop Espresso for a special morning coffee and pastry and there are always other pooches around.
Open 7 Days 6am – 12.30
- 12b Elizabeth Street, Coolum
- Contact via Messenger
Yandina Dog Friendly on the Sunshine Coast
Fairhill Native Plants and Botanic Gardens
Approximately 20 minutes inland from Coolum is the small country town of Yandina and just outside of Yandina Township is Fairhill Native Plants.
Queensland’s original Native Botanic Gardens, it came into being in the 70’s. In recent years it had fallen into a lull, but now is new hands and is thriving.
It’s cute barn-like indoor centre is an easy mix of potted plants for sale and tables. The pop-up Botanist and Baker Cafe serves great Padre Coffee and offers a collection of pastries and gourmet sausage rolls.
This leads to a massive paved terrace with native potted plants arranged around the perimeter and a few tables scattered around.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome everywhere except the pop-up cafe. This includes the small forest walk and gardens.
Open Wednesday to Sunday – 8am to 4 pm
- 114 Fairhill Road Ninderry.
- 0482 990 027
Gun Cotton Coffee Roasters
Everyone is talking about and heading to Gun Cotton’s big funky pink/orange warehouse, opposite Yandina Train Station.
On Saturday Mornings (Yandina Markets) it is advisable to book a table because this place rocks. Doggoes welcome at the tables out front, which some consider to be the best tables of all!
Inside is an atmospheric warehouse type building on two levels, with a variety of seating and tables. Fabulous coffee and breakfasts to die for.
The coffee is roasted just two doors up at their own Roasting Shed. Dogs allowed at the smattering of umbrella tables and lounge outside.
Open 5.30 am till 3pm
- 13 Railway Street, Yandina
- 5446 8691
Peregian Beach Cafes and Peregian Pub
Peregian Beach is an upmarket holiday destination with a great selection of somewhat upmarket shops in Peregian Shopping Centre Park also known as the Village Square. Across Heron Street is a newer shopping precinct with some great dress shops and Peticular, a Doggy Boutique. Both areas have an awesome array of Cafes.
Peregian Pub at the junction of David Low Way and the happening Heron Street is an unmissable landmark and well worth the mention. It’s time we returned.
Peregian Hotel Menu is interesting and dogs are allowed on lead in outdoor areas. This photo was taken on a cloudy Wednesday. It would be a very different photo on a sunny Weekend. Prices Medium +.
Open from 11.30 am 7 days a week
- 221-229 David Low Way, Peregian Beach
- 5448 3111
Baked Poetry Cafe
Baked Poetry Cafe looking across the Village Square
Situated on the tree sheltered village square, this family favourite welcomes doggoes. Specialising in European style breads and cakes, their menu ranges from Almond Croissants big enough for two, through soup to gourmet sandwiches and open grilled toasts. If you’re hankering for Linzer Torte, Bavarian Apple Tart or Pear Frangipani, look no further.
In true coastal style you can feel comfortable walking straight from the beach, or dress for a cozy lunch for two. Next door to Periwinkle Peregian French Restaurant. Be aware that dogs are not allowed on the Patrolled Beach at Peregian Beach.
Open 7 days 8 am till 4 pm.
- Shop 3.4 Peregian Beach Shopping Centre, 218 David Low Way, Peregian Beach.
- 5448 3500
The Captains Daughter Peregian
The Captains Daughter’s Yummy Bar Snacks
The old Wahoo Fish and Chip Shop is re-borne as a The Captains Daughter Bar. They still serve fish and chips eat in and take away, but have added booze, bar snacks and undercover high table seating. Is there anything better than a cold beer to wash down fish and chips after a day at the beach? I think not.
The Guys in our party opted for the burgers (the buns are charcoal with the exception of the fish burger) while the girls chose from the yummy bar snack menu.
Captains Daughters Seating Area just after opening time.
No Table Bookings. When we arrived at 5 pm on a Sunday all tables were taken, but one became available before long. Great place for casual afternoon/evening drinks and eats. Dog Friendly to Friendly Dogs.
Monday to Sunday 12 noon till late.
- 4 Heron Street, Peregian Beach
- 5448 2917
Pizzami Peregian Beach
Situated across from Peregian Park this open air gourmet pizza bar is a pleasant place to hang. Dogs are allowed in the outside bar area which is a narrow side bar with tall bar stools. It’s a tiny bar, but friendly and atmospheric. Several low tables are available in the dog-friendly fernery area.
Dinner Bookings recommended on Weekends. This bar also has fantastic hot chips and their Peregian Paradise (Red Rum) Cocktail is delicious.
Monday to Thursday from 4.30 pm. Friday to Sunday from 12 noon.
- Cnr Kingfisher and Heron Streets, Peregian Beach
- 5471 2300
Hand of Fatima Peregian
Situated on the Kingfisher Drive side of the village square. Hand of Fatima has Turkish inspired food and excellent muffins and coffee. Dog Friendly Outdoor Seating. No Table Reservations.
Open 5 am till 2 pm
- 2/4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
- 0404 787 931
Skal Coffee Peregian
Skal has a big following of dog lovers. Separated from Hand of Fatima by the Newsagency. It’s all one big happy crowd. They serve Padre Coffee and you can buy a Noosa Dog Cakes dog biscuit for your furry friend here too.
6 am till 2 pm
- Kingfisher Drive (Next to Newsagent) Peregian Beach
- 5372 7960
Sunshine Beach Cafes
From the top end of Duke Street to Sunshine Beach Surf Club on the ocean, there is an array of Sunshine Beach Cafes and Restaurants. The majority if not all, have outdoor seating and are dog friendly. Sunshine Beach Surf Club is not dog friendly.
There are so many options here on Duke Street. We’ve not been to them all but will update as we do.
FOMO Sunshine Beach
After years of looking we finally made it for lunch. My Asian chicken salad was one of the best and so were the thick sliced ham and cheese toasties. It’s a cute courtyard with umbrella shading. Worth a visit with your pooch. Prices Cheap.
Daily 6 am to 2 pm.
- 218 Duke Street Sunshine Beach
- 0456 820 535
Costa Noosa Sunshine Beach (Now Entity)
Don’t be misled by the name Costa Noosa Espresso – this is a Sunshine Beach Cafe – now changed name to Entity. With a long timber deck on two levels Entity is super popular. This Specialty Coffee Roaster is THE place for coffee and cake. Dog Friendly and busy in the mornings. Just Do It!
Open 6am till 1pm
- 24/26 Duke Street Sunshine Beach
- Facebook Messenger
Fratellini Sunshine Beach
We’ve visited for Coffee and Muffins but in reality Fratellini is an Italiano Ristorante with indoor and outdoor seating. It’s been here for 10 years so must be doing something right. Time for us to revisit.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from 6.30 am.
- 36 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach
- 5474 8080
The Deck Sunshine Beach
A huge deck space near Sum Yung Guys Restaurant. The Deck is closed Wednesday. Unfortunately that was when we last visited. I’ve heard it is super dog friendly though and we will be back.
Open 7.30 am till 2 pm 6 days a week. Closed Wednesday.
- 2/46 Duke Street Sunshine Beach
- 5329 3266
Noosa Cafes – Hastings Street
Season Restaurant Noosa
Season on the beachfront is a lovely breezy restaurant overlooking Noosa Main Beach at the river end of the main strip. It is in a delightful setting right on the beach, but unfortunately those with pooches are relegated to one 4 seater and one 2 seater high table at the bar area back of the restaurant with outside access.
It’s better than not being there at all I guess. Prices are above normal for the coast but good value for Noosa Main Beach. Prices Medium Plus.
Restaurant 6.30 am breakfast; 12 noon lunch; 5 pm dinner
Bar 6.30 Coffee and Muffins, Bar Snacks from 12 noon
- 5/25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
- 5447 3747
A little bit of Europe, Noosa style at this Cafe with prime position in Hastings Street. Iconic street facing cane tables and chairs with a sparkling bar behind. Aromas Menu goes from early breakfast through lunch, with after beach lazy cocktails and dinner, showcasing produce from Maravista Farm.
In non-Covid times Aromas seating capacity is huge, but is trimmed back at the moment. Sit and dream of Cote D’Azur in Noosa. Dog Friendly. Prices Medium.
6 am till 2.30 Daily. Breakfast and Lunch. From mid December 2020 open for Dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- 32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
- 5474 9788
The stretch of cafes and bars that begins at the Noosa Drive and Sunshine Beach Road Roundabout and continues back toward the Cinemas are all dog friendly in outdoor areas. These include Monkey Punch Thai (recommended), Copper Kitchen (Indian), Mr. Drifter (Fab. Curries/Asian), Sushi Yahman (best Sushi) , Ze Pickle (untried Mexican) and Light Years Asian Bar and Diner (untried).
While Hastings Street Noosa Heads is known for it’s upmarket dining scene, more down to earth Noosa Junction has a surprising range of great places to eat.
Sushi Yah-man has serious Japanese food served to a Reggae beat… Yah-man. Outside seating area is Dog Friendly. Order from Menu or do Sushi Train. Licensed with a full range of Japanese beers, sake and shochu. The food here is a cut above and one of our favourites. Always Good. Prices Medium.
Tuesday to Sunday 11.30 am till 2.30 pm Lunch Service. 5 till 8.30 pm Dinner Service. 8.45 pm Closing Friday and Saturday. Closed Mondays.
- 7 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction
- 5324 1071
Mr. Drifter offers a taste of adventure translated into food that is addictive. Owner Charlie Harrison travelled the world and lived in India and Indonesia for many years. The menu reflects this.
We became fans at my birthday dinner when the Aromatic Curries and Asian Street Food Hawker Rolls made our taste buds tingle. Dog Friendly seating out the front.
Dinner 5 till 8 pm
- 1/9 Sunshine Beach Road Noosa Junction
- 5324 2524
Wild Card Noosa Junction
Iggy Sun – Opposite the Cinemas
The grapevine is buzzing about Iggy Sun so I’ve included it even though we’ve not dined there. Chef Marcus Mano from Hand of Fatima (Peregian Beach) has opened this little hole in the wall at The Junction.
It is recommended to book for Dinner but walk-ins should work for lunch. His middle-eastern inspired food is blowing everyone’s socks off.
The Menu is small with share plates divided into 5 sections. At lunch you can pick and choose and pay accordingly, but at night the choice is five share dishes for $40/person. With selections like Potato Galette, Duck Awarma, Scallop Carpaccio with lime dressing, Confit Ocean Trout, Lamb Stifado, Malawah Bread and Desserts, it sounds interesting.
Prices Medium. Basic Wine Menu. Dogs Welcome in outdoor area.
Lunch 11.30 am till 2 pm and Dinner 5 pm till 8 pm.
- 32A Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction.
- Phone 0478 627317 for bookings.
Noosaville Dog Friendly Cafes
Some might say that Noosaville is the luckiest of the Noosa trio (Noosa Heads/Noosa Junction/Noosaville). We tend to call all three “Noosa” just to create confusion.
With the beautiful clear blue waters of the Noosa River providing relaxation and exercise, it’s only fitting the river at Noosaville is lined with a multiple choice of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. Admittedly we have a lot yet to explore in Noosaville, but I do know that nearly every cafe and bar on the Noosa River has an outdoor area. The iconic Noosa Boathouse unfortunately does not have a dog friendly area.
We first discovered Grind Cafe when cycling along the Noosa River. You can read about all the fun here. We had to wait for a table that morning but not for long.
As we were cycling, we indulged in some calorific cakes with our Coffees. There are Gluten Free Options and Dogs are welcome in this open air cafe overlooking the river. Lunch is BYO.
From 6.30 am for Breakfast or Brunch and 11.30 am for Lunch
- Shop 255 Gympie Terrace
- 5449 8833
The Burger Bar
Looking for so called fast food, but don’t feel like Fish and Chips or Pizza?
Enter The Burger Bar.
A quick walk up Thomas Street, behind Thomas Corner leads to this little gem. There is mostly outdoor and undercover seating so it’s fine for dogs. Our poodle Faith was happy sitting in the shade beside us, checking out all the dogs that walked by. The tables are quite spread so larger dogs can be accommodated.
The extensive menu features hand made char-grilled premium Australian beef rissoles plus all the sauces are made in-house. I notice there were beers behind the bar, but we were having a dry day. As well as beef burgers, there are chicken, lamb and vegetarian burgers available.
So What did we Order? Well it took an inordinate amount of time for me to choose. I went with the Dutch Oven, a yummy combination of Beef patty, Bacon, Sauerkraut, Fried Onions, Lettuce, Tomato and Dijonnaise. Marty went with the Classic and added beetroot. They were delicious – including the buns and presentation. There are mini burgers and burger deals with drink and chips available.
The waitstaff were friendly and helpful and burgers and drinks were delivered to the table. The waitress offered to take our photo with Faith in it.
Open every day from 11 am till 8.30 pm with a break from 3 pm to 5 pm Mon to Thurs.
- 4 Thomas Street, Noosaville
- 07 5474 4189
Bullitt Espresso Bar
Quirky Bullitt Cafe Noosa, serves up their own blend of Segafredo Coffee from Melbourne. Happy Staff, Shady Trees and Dog Lovers make this unique converted shipping container cafe worth visiting. Doggy Treats available. It’s situated near a busy roundabout but hidden beneath and behind trees. It’s a very handy find when shopping in the area and yes, that is how we discovered it.
Open 6 am to 1.30 pm Monday to Friday
- 1A Gibson Road, Noosaville (just down Edward Street from Grind Cafe)
Land and Sea Brewery
Lets continue heading away from the river (it’s hard I know) to Land and Sea, the first of Noosa’s Breweries. Hidden in an Industrial Area, it is as imagined, industrially designed. It has 80 solar panels on the roof to power the brewhouse for starters.
One of the Noosa Land & Sea Brewery Dog Friendly areas is shown in the background.
We were invited to pre-dinner Birthday Drinks and I am so glad we were. It’s delightful inside (all big and airy) with a gorgeous behind glass fireplace and friendly staff. Of course there is not only Award Winning beers to be explored – I do remember a cheeky finely distilled Gin. But I digress.
The Menu talks of 12 hour slow roasted lamb shoulder, Chicken Bang Bang Salad and Nam Jim Pork. Vegan and Gluten Free available. We really must return to eat next time. Don’t be put off by the location. It’s great.
This photo was taken prior to adopting our poodle but they have not one, but two doggy friendly areas here. One at both front and back. Dog Water Bowls provided. Prices Medium.
Closed Monday and Tuesday. 12 noon till 8 pm Sunday. 12 noon to 9 pm Saturday and Sunday.
- 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville
- 5455 6128
The Sunshine Coast of Australia offers so much for holidaying families. Pack your dogs and your bags and Help us explore!
If you’re heading to Townsville with your dog, check out dog friendly cafes and restaurants in Townsville here.