Our dogs are not just good company, for many of us they truly become like friends, or like family members. We would like to be around them all the time, also when we go out for a coffee, a meal or even a beer and enjoy the weather on a nice and sunny day. So why should they stay behind?
Here in Stockholm there’s an array of coffee shops and restaurants where our furry friends are allowed in just as much as out. They welcome the dogs with a clap and a little bit of water. There are even places where they can choose a “scooby-snack” out of their own dog menu, meet new four-legged buddies and celebrate their birthdays.
Let’s have a look at a couple of our favourite dog-friendly places around town and decide where to go next.
My personal favourite is: Skrovet, Hammarby Slussväg 17
Here you can sit right by the waterside and watch the sunset whilst enjoying dinner or a glass of wine for you and bowl of water for your dog.
Enjoy the view at: Mosebacketerrassen, Mosebacke Torg 3
They have a corner with bowls for water and food called ¨Dog bar¨ and they also have a bar for you so that you can both sit down under the sun, weather permitting, and have something refreshing while enjoying one of the best views over the city.
Our top recommendation has to be: Himmelska Hundar, Hedinsgatan 13
Here the dogs wonder around freely and walk to the bar to have their order taken, since they have a dog menu as well. Is it your dog’s birthday? You can also organise a birthday party there with a meaty cake for them and some bubbly for you.
In for something sweet?: Gilda’s Rum, Skånegatan 79
With delicious cakes, coffee, tea and rich salads you can sit inside if the sun is shy and keep cozy on one of their sofas with your dog next to you.
Tea time always at: Café Foam, Karlavägen 75
This Östermalm cafe and restaurant allows dogs both outside and inside in a part of the inner restaurant as well.
Right in the heart of Söder: Götgatan Stories, Skrapan, Götgatan 78
Don’t miss out a second of the SoFo life and have lunch whilst you sit in with your dog peeking through their huge windows over Götgatan.
Something when you’re hungry: Harvest home, Bondegatan 60
Have a date with your barking friend and go taste a good piece of meat or a burger. Their wide beer variety is also pretty impressive.
A restaurant with heart: Under Kastanjen, Kindstugatan 1
They welcome dogs in one part of the restaurant and also support the work of Swedish Animal Ambulance. And they are also known for their delicious gluten-free treats.
Meet Loke: Lokes bar, Bondegatan 57
The restaurant owes its name to the 10 year old miniature Schnauzer, who sits by the bar and welcomes both dogs and their owners when they come to eat.
The Italiana way: Il caffe, Bergsgatan 17
Have a caffe machiato, a panino or a croissant and sit inside or outside. You and your friend with the waving tail will be welcomed too.
Perfect for the weekend: Loopen, Hornstulls Strand 6
If that walk by the water in Hornstull made you and your dog a bit hungry or thirsty, make a pit stop, grab a beer and a bite for you and pick something from the dog-menu for the four-legged one, then sit under the sun.
Couldn’t make it to the theatre?: Brasserie Elverket, Linnégatan 69
Doesn’t matter, you and your dog can still visit this restaurant, which is hosted within Dramaten’s filial stage. You can have a lunch or dinner here, dogs are very welcome.
Something about that coffee: Mellqvist Kaffebar, Rörstrandsgatan 4
Famous for their coffee (and for being Mikael Blomkvist’s favorite haunt in the Millenium series). Worth fighting for that free table and spending a while there enjoying a chunky sandwich. Doggies can sit inside as well.
In or out: Babylon, Björns trädgårdsgränd 4
Have a glass of wine outside or some delicious meat dish inside. It’s hard to decide with such a charming atmosphere.
Creative and atmospheric: Två Små Svin, Årstavägen 49
Sit outside and go up or down, on the stones, cushions or at the table. This place has a unique decor both outside and inside. Totally recommend their pear pie with vanilla ice cream.
Music matters: Snotty, Skånegatan 90
Not a conventional place, here the music is even on the walls. You can have a beer in Fido’s company whilst you listen to some underground tunes and spend some time figuring out who’s who on all the film and music posters that cover the bar’s walls.
Even if you don’t have a dog, going to one of this places will give you the chance to spend some time surrounded by cuddle-craving dogs, which will for sure cheer you up any day. And just remember, the next time your dog-owner friends bring up the excuse that they cannot meet up to go grab that beer with you, because they don’t know who to leave the dog with… Now you know there are plenty of options for places you can all go to. No excuses anymore…