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Our favourite dog-friendly cafes on the Gold Coast

Whether you’re looking for a cafe to enjoy brunch with friends or to spoil your pooch with a puppuccino, countless cafes around the Gold Coast will welcome you and your furry friend with open arms.

With so many to choose from, however, how do you decide which ones to add to the top of your must-visit list? Some of our dog-friendly cafes on the Gold Coast include:


Palm Beach Loves Dogs

A pet shop and a cafe in one means you and your dog can have an amazing day out, no matter the weather. Head over to sip on a latte and purchase a treat-infused puppuccino for your furry friend.

Once your tastebuds are satisfied, head inside to explore the shelves and purchase a new toy (or two) to take home from their independently-owned pet store, which features some of the highest quality pet products you can find on the Gold Coast.

Want more? Palm Beach Loves Dogs also hosts the occasional doggy yoga and poochy paint & sip classes. Find out more details on their Instagram.


Ripples Cafe & Bar

Looking for a casual dining experience that you and your pup can enjoy? Ripples Cafe & Bar at Runaway Bay is a beloved location for locals who want to dine with their dogs.  Not only does this cafe come packed with a menu that will leave you wanting more, but it also has a doggy menu to ensure your dog doesn’t go hungry. Some menu items they can enjoy include plain omelettes and cooked chicken breast.


Paper Cup Coffee Labrador

If you’re craving something fresh before, during or after your walk on the beach, Paper Cup Coffe Labrador has something both you and your pup will love.

The team absolutely adore saying hello to your furry friends, too. So, be sure to bring them along and order them a puppacino to devour while you enjoy your fill. They may even get the chance to feature on the team’s Instagram if they’re lucky!


Dark Fluid Espresso

Dark Fluid Espresso in Robina serves up avo on toast, scrambled eggs and puppacinos aplenty to guarantee you and your dog are pampered on your day out. This cafe was also nominated as the best breakfast on the Gold Coast in 2022, making it an easy must-try when looking for more than just a coffee.


Need a holiday after all of the adventures?

Visited most of the dog-friendly cafes on the Gold Coast? If you’re planning a trip, we know how daunting it can be to leave your beloved pets behind. Ensure they receive the royal stay and luxurious care they deserve by boarding them with AAA Pet Resort. When they’re with us, they’ll be safe, comfortable and continuously spoilt while you’re away.

All our guests have a great time

Born into the pet care industry, resort owner Michael Avery has owned various pet resorts across the Gold Coast. However, he considers AAA Pet Resort his crowning achievement. Michael’s vision to create a home away from home for Gold Coast pets has been realised, as many happy customers can attest. Our philosophy is simple, yet effective: to ensure all of our guests have a great time, in a loving, protective environment.

All AAA animal carers uphold Michael’s high standards of care and comfort. This is reflected in their compassionate, observant nature when caring for your best friend

We have a 5 star team

Our enthusiastic team of dog lovers is driven to provide you and your pet with the most comfortable, enjoyable pet resort experience, while you enjoy your time away. Each staff member lives up to this philosophy by caring for your dog’s health, happiness, and wellbeing. You can be confident that while having the time of their lives, your best friend is safe and well looked after.

Operating Hours

Our passionate staff will ensure your fur kids feel like part of the family during their stay at AAA Pet Resort.

Weekdays 7:00-11:00 am | 3:00-5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00-10:00 am | 3:00-4:00 pm
Sundays 3:00-5:00 pm

Closed public holidays
Please call for inspection times

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between Twin Share and Private during pet boarding?

Each of our five room options can be booked as either a Twin Share or a Private, so it’s still the same room, the option just depends on if your dog would like to have the room to them self or if they’d prefer to share that room with a friend. With dogs who do not live together at home, we will only board two dogs together at any one time, except under special circumstances, in which case you would be notified about the situation prior to boarding.

How do you match the dogs for Twin Share?

If you have a dog who thoroughly enjoys the company of another dog, the Twin Share option may be suitable. We match dogs in the Twin Share option according to size and temperament, so if you have a small, calm dog, your dog would be matched with another dog who is small, who would like to integrate but not be too over the top during play. If you have a large, playful dog, your dog would be matched to someone who wouldn’t mind playing the day away with your dog. There are endless combinations of pet traits.

Is there always a dog match available at your pet resort?

There are instances where you may book your dog into a Twin Share room, but we may not have a dog boarding with us during that time who is suitable to share the room with your dog (Eg. Dogs got alone but one was much more playful than the other). If this occurs, we will be in touch with you to let you know that we weren’t able to find a match. When dogs are matched up, sometimes the dates that their booking goes for does not align. Your dog may be here for seven days, and their initial match may only be here for the first three days. The introduction process begins again once their first match has left.

What is the introduction process for the dog boarding?

We are very particular about which dogs share with one another, and our introduction process can take up to 3 or 4 hours. It’s most certainly not something we take lightly as we must ensure that both guests will feel comfortable being with one another during their stay. If there are any signs of anti-social behaviour from either dog, the introduction progress is ceased immediately.

If your dog has never boarded with us before, it’s highly recommended to book them a Private room so that you know the room is readily available for them to have them self should they require it. It’s very easy for us to change to a Twin Share, but due to availability, it’s not always easy for us to do it the other way around. Please get in touch with us if you’re unsure about which option is best for your dog.

Why are vaccinations important in Boarding Kennels or Pet Resorts on the Gold Coast?

If you’re looking for cat or dog boarding on the Gold Coast, your pet will be required to have current vaccination records. A good dog hotel on the Gold Coast will always protect all its canine and feline guests by making sure they are all up-to-date on their shots and healthy. Puppies and kittens require three initial vaccinations when they’re very young and then annual booster vaccinations and check-ups for life. Our requirements are C5 in dogs, and F3 in cats, and these vaccinations need to be conducted within the last 12 months, but not within 10 days of the arrival date to our resort. Be sure to ask your vet if you have any questions about your pet’s full protection and contact our friendly team to find out more about the vaccination requirements.

I want to say a big 'thank you' to that looked after my princess, Heidi. Normally, a dog would lose weight while in boarding, but if you send your dog here, he will come back with holiday kilos, as well as be taken care of just as they are at home. Will be bringing Heidi back next time!


Just picked up Roxy and Havoc after two weeks overseas. They had a wonderful time, and the feedback I received on my dogs was fabulous. The staff spent a lot of time with them, so there will be a few more holidays for me, knowing my babies are in excellent hands.


We have taken Mischy there several times now and we can leave her knowing that she will be looked after by some wonderful staff. Sometimes we wonder if she wants to come home or stay with the girls. We would recommend AAA Pet Resort to anyone and everyone.


Leaving your pet can be very nerve racking, but AAA Pet Resort were very professional and made it easy to do. They were contactable while we were away and took photos of our gorgeous girl for us to see. When we saw her face we were confident she was being cared for in the right hands.


Ace and Rose has had three stay's now the latest being the longest. They looked very healthy and happy when we collected them. Thank you AAA Pet Resort for taking fantastic care of our two fur babies!


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