Dog-Friendly Cafes In and Around Tarragindi

Are you looking for a cool hangout where you can get your coffee fix, watch dogs play, and enjoy a tasty meal? If you’re a coffee lover and a dog lover, these establishments in and around Tarragindi might just be your next stomping grounds.

Black Lab Coffee

6/11 Kuring Gai Avenue
Opens Mondays to Saturdays – 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Sundays -7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Black Lab Coffee is the brainchild of Luke, an entrepreneur who also runs Maluka Produce in Noosaville with his brother Matt. The coffee shop is named after Luke’s beloved black Labrador Audrey and she’s usually at the store to socialise with the four-legged guests.  

The dog-friendly nook, located on Kuring Gai Avenue, is meant to be a takeaway coffee spot, where customers can text the store to pick up their orders. However, Black Lab Coffee also has a spacious seating area where guests can linger, drink their coffee, or have breakfast with their furry pets.

Photo Credit: Black Lab Coffee/Facebook

The coffee spot uses roasted Di Bella coffee beans but there’s also a good selection of smoothie blends, milkshakes, and other delectable drinks. The food choices are mostly takeaways like rolls, toasties, cupcakes and organic treats.

Dogs, on the other hand, can have fresh drinking water as Black Lab Coffee provides water bowls for guests who bring their pets. Customers may also buy Discuit dog treats, which are handmade and baked without preservatives and artificial flavours.

Since it opened, Black Lab Coffee has hosted many pet adoption events with various animal rescue groups. The store has also mounted fundraising efforts for these organizations and it continually promotes responsible pet ownership.

“Did not realise that my last review has been over 2 years and it ought to be the time for a re-visit. Explored this morning and I am happy to see that the café has extended to provide nice indoor dining area for customers. Business is as busy as before, which is expected due to the fact that the coffee made of Locale bean (should it be Di Bella? not sure?) delivers very good depth of flavour. Tried a mini jam donut to go with my flat white. Although I am not very keen on sweet treats, the donut is surprisingly match well with the coffee. Overall production is consistent and wish they all the best in business. Cheers!”

~ Ronnielui2003, via Zomato 

Todd & Pup

398 Tarragindi Rd
Opens daily 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Todd & Pup is known for its gourmet coffee selections, brunches and dozens of sweet treats. Owned and managed by Kate Whitlock, this cafe on Tarragindi Road has been in business since 2014.

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Over the years, Todd & Pup has seen a few menu upgrades as well as a site expansion to accommodate more diners. The cafe, however, is still an ideal place for puppy meet ups with its spacious and comfortable outdoor seating area.

Todd & Pup also offers a special kids menu and a puppy menu.

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“What we lack in human children we make up for in fur-babies. We take our pooch Thor everywhere with us and were absolutely delighted to read that Todd and Pup in Moorooka not only have insta-worthy human dishes – but they also have a Pooch Menu. That’s right ladies and gents, while you’re filling your belly with the outlet’s signature dish – the Fried Chicken Benedict (super soft buttermilk chicken and that sirarcha hollandaise with tantalizing tickle) – your furry friend can be snacking on their own brekky. We chose the sweet potato + bacon doggie hash brown for Thor and it disappeared pretty quickly! Personally we think $7 for a full dog meal is a bargain, especially considering a single scoop of doggie ice-cream costs $7 these days. Next time he wants the Pho. We know because he told us.”

~ The Other Jenners, via Zomato  

Esher St. Cafe and Deli

46 Esher Street
Opens weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m; weekends 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Esher St. Cafe and Deli has quite the indiscriminate and relaxed atmosphere with its recycled wooden pallet furniture. The restaurant is perfect for families with small kids and pets.

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The cafe is also a favourite among health buffs with its vegetarian and gluten-free options. Guests especially love to order the avocado smash, which is their best-selling dish but they also have sumptous servings of poach eggs, baked haloumi, and pumpkin fritters with sourdough toast.

Esher St. Cafe and Deli also serves the best West End roasted Veneziano Coffee.

This restaurant is owned and managed by the same group that runs the Alcove Cafe & Deli in Wilston and Samson & Sophie in Teneriffe.

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I really like the avo smash here, and the serving size is generous for the price which is quite reasonable in comparison to most others in the area. The back deck area is a shabby chic style, its interesting but not the most comfortable. Coffee was very nice and the service is pretty good. All up – I’ve quite enjoyed the couple times I’ve been here, I’m sure I’ll be back again.

~ Spice Dad via Zomato

Tarragindi’s Most Dog-Friendly Café Offers Coffee for a Cause

Drive down to Tarragindi’s 6/11 Kuring Gai Avenue and you will find Black Lab Coffee. It is, by far, the suburb’s most dog-friendly café. Established in February 2016, the café specialises in high quality “barista-made takeaway coffee”. The café also takes pride in being a champion of animal welfare.

Black Lab Coffee proudly supports the cause of the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). As Australia’s “oldest, largest, and leading animal welfare charity,” the RSPCA’s mission statement is “helping animals, enlightening people, changing lives.” Black Lab Coffee supports this mission fully. Tarragindi’s dog-friendly hub often hosts pop-up pet adoption events.

Last year, on three separate occasions, the café co-hosted “Coffee for a Cause” events with the RSPCA. One dollar from each coffee sold during the events went to the society’s dog rescue projects. A lot of dog owners and fur babies were seen soaking up the love during these events.

Primarily Designed for Humans… and Pooches, too!

At the café’s front, there are plenty of water bowls with fresh drinking water. There is also a water refill station in case the bowls run out of water. This is to ensure that no visiting dogs at the café would ever go thirsty.

Inside Black Lab Coffee, there is ample seating for the café patrons. Table sizes vary from small to large to accommodate varying groups of people. Astroturf grass covers most of the flooring. Indeed, the café is designed for the comfort of dogs and their humans.

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Black Lab Coffee’s resident black Lab proudly welcomes visitors to the café’s interior. Photo Credit: Black Lab Coffee/Facebook

Outside of the establishment, just by the roadside, there is an area where people can also order coffee to-go. Outdoor seating is available so customers can be comfortable while waiting for their orders.

Quality Barista-made Takeaway Coffee

Coffee at Tarragindi’s most dog-friendly café is made of locally-roasted Di Bella coffee beans. The beans are brewed to perfection by the establishment’s friendly barista to ensure its high quality. Patrons are given a rewards card which is stamped whenever they purchase some coffee. Collect ten stamps on the card and your 10th coffee is “on the house.”

Aside from their specialty coffee, the café also offers a variety of other delectable treats on the menu. They have milkshakes and freshly blended smoothies that come in flavours like coffee frappe, berry blast, mango lassi, banana nut, and hulk. More choices are available from the cafe’s well-stocked fridge.

The café’s food selections vary daily. At the counter, there are plenty of goodies for takeaway. They have baked desserts, toasties, as well as bacon and egg rolls. They also have an abundant supply of home-baked and hand-made Discuits (dog biscuits), which contain well-selected natural ingredients only. In this café, health is wealth for your pooch and you.

‘The Boss’ of Black Lab Coffee

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‘The Boss’ of Black Lab Coffee, Audrey, adorably sits by the counter. Photo Credit: Black Lab Coffee/Facebook

At Black Lab Coffee, “The Boss” is a black Labrador named Audrey. Patrons often quip that the café is owned and managed by this adorable resident pooch. Actually, her regal, dignified presence at the cafe will convince even the most jaded guest that she is, in fact, “The Boss.”

Audrey makes frequent visits to the café. If you are lucky, you might be able to meet her during your visit. Don’t forget to have some snaps taken with her for that perfect Instagram moment. Feel free to follow her on Instagram, too. She probably has more followers than the average Joe.

Visitors to Black Lab Coffee can check on updates on events through their Facebook page or Instagram gallery. The cafe is open from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, and 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.