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10 (surprising) dog-friendly places in Fremantle

Ed

Stella is with Rosie and Felix at a Freo café. They're planning a mooch around the shops and galleries, then some chill time at the pub. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Except that Stella's a Ridgeback, Rosie's a black Labrador, and Felix is a rescue hound of indeterminate origin. They've brought their humans of course. They're right at home in Fremantle, which declares its dog leanings at every turn. The prevalence of water bowls on footpaths is a dead giveaway, and foot traffic is often four-legged. Here's ten dog-friendly places in Freo...

1. Pekho on Wray Avenue is brimful of stylish homewares and fashion. What could go wrong? A water bowl declares that dogs are welcome, and those that visit are likely to be photographed for inclusion on the canine-themed photo wall behind the counter.

2. Piggy Food Co; ‘park’ your dog in the special doggy parking area out front of the alfresco beer garden. Fur children are welcome in the pig pen.

3. Threeo; it’s a café sharing floor space with the precious gifts and home wares of Salty Gold, but that doesn’t stop the hounds flooding in for a deluxe puppycino – lovingly concocted from pureed pumpkin, chicken stock and coconut milk.

4. Hype DC; no need to leave Fido on the footpath. Hype encourages shoppers to consult with their hounds about their footwear purchases on the shop floor.

5. Pigeonhole: despite the shop being full of breakable gifts, homewares and clothing, dogs are welcome inside (and Bendo dog bowls are for sale).

6. Percy Flint; dogs drink free at Percy Flint, where canine regulars are often spotted both in the flesh and on Instagram, hanging out in the beer garden.

7. Saga Bookshop; there’s a bias towards dog-themed books and gifts and, despite its pristine bright yellow lounge chairs, the South Freo book shop is relaxed about dogs browsing the shelves if they’re well behaved.

8. East West Design; in the vast, hangar-style acreage of East West Design, you can shop for furniture and exercise your dog at the same time.

9. Kidogo Arthouse; dogs often feature as part of wedding parties here, and when it’s operating as a gallery, they’re welcome to tag along with their owners for a culture fix.

10. Little Creatures Brewhouse; pooches can hang in the beer garden, and if they’re prone to wandering off, you can buy a Creatures ID tag powered by online site Pet Return.

Cafes

Lots of Freo cafes welcome dogs. We’ve seen them relaxing everywhere from Port City Roasters to The Little Concept, Chalkys, Third Wheel, The Orange Box , Propeller and The Carriage. Some – like Il Cibo and Ohana Acai Bar – offer treats for free.

Looking for extras?

  • Treats, dog beer, dog birthday cakes. All these are available at Slobberlicious at the Freo markets.
  • Also in the markets, Paws and More has clothes, collars and dog bling.
  • Natural food and grooming products are at Manna Wholefoods.
  • Take your pooch with you to the Growers Green market in Beaconsfield on Sundays, where there’s a hands-on dog wash and organic pet food. 

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