People in Los Angeles love their dogs—big dogs, tiny purse dogs, and every size and shape in between. The love is so strong that locals want to take their dogs everywhere with them—shopping, dining, you name it. If you and your dog need to be together as much as possible, here are some places that are on board.
Take your furry friend to “Yappy Hour” at Ashland Hill in Santa Monica to enjoy a bowl of chicken and rice, and even puppy-approved (and safe) ices cream.
2807 Main Street
Another option is The Fat Dog in North Hollywood. With this moniker, of course dogs are allowed on the patio. The cocktail list offers tongue-in-cheek libations, including the Seeing Rye Dog (Bulleit rye, ginger liqueur, blackberries, basil, lemon juice, sugar in the raw) and the Well Groomed (Pimm’s, ginger beer, lemonade, orange, cucumber, mint). This is a great brunch place to enjoy with your pooch.
11050 West Magnolia Boulevard
The Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax is charming, historic, and dog-friendly. The market has been owned and operated by the Gilmore Family since 1934 and is considered an L.A. institution. While there, be sure to visit The Dog Bakeryfor a special treat for your special pup. You can also find stores along the nearby shopping area known as The Grove, as well as along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Look for containers of dog treats or dog bowls of water outside of shops as indicators that your dog is welcome inside.
While not a shopping area, EatSeeHear is an outdoor movie screening series in L.A. that is so dog-friendly that your pup will be offered a treat at the door. Plus, there are food trucks on hand serving treats for you. Various venues host the screenings, so be sure to check the website for events. Many water bowls are strategically placed throughout the venues, and doggie bags are always available.
We’ve mentioned Rosie’s Dog Beach, located in Long Beach, because it truly is an L.A. treasure where dog owners and their pets can get their toes in the sand, off-leash, without worrying about fines.
North Beach in Malibu allows you to bring your dog north of lifeguard tower number three. North Beach is part of Leo Carrillo State Park, which includes an area known as Staircase Beach that has a separate entrance at 4000 Pacific Coast Highway. Dogs must remain leashed, and be sure to look for signs that indicate boundaries of the dog zone.
If you are traveling with your dog, the sassy Kimpton hotel chain features all dog-friendly properties, including L.A.’s Kimpton Everly Hotel Hollywood and its Jane Q restaurant.
1800 Argyle Avenue
And if you don’t have a dog of your own, but are thinking of giving one a forever home, the place for you is The Dog Cafe, whose mission is to revolutionize dog adoption. Grab a latte with friends while you enjoy the company of the resident dogs of all shapes and sizes. All are up for adoption, and come from local city shelters. Go for the espresso—leave with your new best friend.
240 North Virgil Avenue, Units 12 and 12B