Every Day is a Dog Day in Los Angeles

Celebrate the Year of the Dog in L.A.
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Whether it's the Year of the Dog, National Dog Day, or any time of year, Angelenos and visitors alike love their canine companions. Read on for dog-friendly L.A. restaurants, hotels and activities, along with some doggie inspired culture.

China Awards for L.A. Tourism in 2017

L.A. Tourism’s marketing strategies and campaigns for the Chinese visitor market have been recognized as industry-leading initiatives by China’s travel and tourism industry. L.A. Tourism and LAWA have been honored with numerous awards by both consumer and trade media as well as industry partners. Honors include:

•    Best International Airport of the Year by Travel Weekly China & Northstar Travel Group.
•    Best Partner Award by GTA.
•    2017 People’s Choice & Best Innovation Award at the 2017 Tripshow
Video Marketing Competition in Shanghai organized by Travel Daily and Dragon Trail.
•    Best High-end Destination Marketing Organization by National Tourism Magazine.
•    Top Tourist Destination Award by Tongcheng Network Technology Co., Ltd.
•    Popular Travel Destination Award by Tuniu.com
•    2017 Innovative Destination Marketing Award by China Travel Agent Media
•    Kate Chang Was Awarded with 2017 Mulan Award in Travel Industry by China Travel Agent Media
•    Top 10 International Tourist Destinations Award by Tongcheng Network Technology Co., Ltd.

RESTAURANTS

DOWNTOWN L.A.

  • Daily Dose Café - Owner Sarkis Vartanian is a huge dog lover, and many of his Arts District regulars bring their canine companions to hang out at the outdoor picnic tables.
  • Faith & Flower - Located on the ground floor of the WaterMarke Tower, the Roaring 20s-meets-the-21st-century restaurant recently launched a Wednesday Jazz Night and features a dog-friendly patio.

ECHO PARK

  • The Brite Spot - Classic diner comfort food and a lovely dog-friendly patio, what more could you ask for?

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SILVER LAKE

  • The Dog Cafe - For $15, guests get one hour of fun with dogs rescued from L.A. shelters. The first of its kind in America, The Dog Cafe isn't a restaurant per se, but does serve coffee, tea and lemonade (sold separately). Pups are free to roam the play area and live on site for as long as it takes to find them forever homes.
  • Wood - Enjoy wood fired Neapolitan pizzas, craft beer and boutique wines at the pet-friendly, shaded and secluded patio.

LOS FELIZ

  • Alcove Cafe - The huge patio is constantly busy, but well worth the wait for brunch with friends and furry family.
  • Home Restaurant – Both locations in Los Feliz and Silver Lake live up to the "There's No Place Like Home" motto, offering free treats and water for your dog.
  • Messhall Kitchen – A popular post-hike destination, the lively patio has doggie water bowls for hot summer days and fire pits for cooler nights.

FROGTOWN

  • Salazar - Inspired by the Sonoran desert, the pet-friendly backyard setting beckons diners from near and far to enjoy killer Mexican BBQ and top notch Margaritas and Micheladas.
  • Spoke Bicycle Cafe - Located along the L.A. River Bike Path, this bike shop/cafe hybrid serves breakfast all day with lots of spaces for groups, kids and dogs.

HOLLYWOOD / EAST HOLLYWOOD

  • Loteria Grill - The pet-friendly patio is separated from busy Hollywood Boulevard so that your pup can relax while you enjoy Chef Jimmy Shaw's Mexican fare.
  • HomeState - While owners devour Texas-style breakfast tacos and Frito pie, their canine companions can appreciate the eye bolts for leashes, water bowls and doggie treats.
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MID-CITY

  • Le Jardin - Designed as a French garden, the patio at Estérel in the Sofitel Los Angeles offers the perfect setting for guests to dine on Mediterranean fare with their pets in tow.
  • Ray's and Stark Bar - The sleek restaurant and lounge at LACMA launched a Barky Brunch in September 2017, featuring a special "Man's Best Friend" menu on the dog-friendly patio. 
  • The Sycamore Kitchen – Boasting a huge, dog-friendly patio, this La Brea brunch-lunch spot is also a great place to fuel up with coffee and pastries to go.

WEST HOLLYWOOD

  • La Boheme - Every Sunday night, the iconic restaurant hosts Yappy Hour on the garden patio: the dog-friendly menu features room temperature dishes like chicken & mashed potatoes with no salt, onions or garlic.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD

  • The Fat Dog - Both locations of this dog-themed gastropub (on Fairfax Avenue and in North Hollywood) have dog-friendly patios, but the 1,000 square-foot NoHo patio is huge and there are bowls of water and treats for Fido.
  • Idle Hour - Part of the 1933 Group collection of themed bars, this North Hollywood landmark was restored and reopened in 2015, featuring a barrel shaped taproom, dog-friendly patio and a replica of the Bulldog Cafe.

La Boheme
The iconic West Hollywood restaurant and bar, La Boheme welcomes four-legged guests and offers a special Yappy Hour on their patio every Sunday from 5 p.m. to close. Once seated on the patio, dogs are immediately greeted by a very chic water bowl and four-item Yappy Hour food menu (all items $5): penne with smoked ham and parmigiano; steamed rice and veggies; meatballs and carrots; chicken and mashed potatoes. All items are served at room temperature without salt, onions or garlic.

WESTSIDE

  • Gjelina - Dogs love the sun-splashed patio at this celeb favorite on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
  • Rose Café – Beloved by Venice locals, the sprawling space features indoor and outdoor dining with a pet-friendly beer garden.
  • Sweetgreen – Located at the pet-friendly Platform in Culver City, Sweetgreen: The Lab features healthy seasonal salads and a shaded patio for your pooch.
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SHOPPING

  • Amoeba Music - the Hollywood mecca for music fans invites shoppers to bring their pets any time, and also hosts an annual Halloween Dog Costume Contest with the chance to win gift certificates and other prizes.
  • The Grove - On-leash dogs are allowed in the common areas at this popular retail and entertainment center, and some shops are pet-friendly. Visit Caruso Concierge for a special surprise for your pup!
  • The Original Farmers Market - Located next to The Grove, The Original Farmers Market is dog-friendly and home to one of three locations of The Dog Bakery, which offers fresh-baked, great tasting treats for our four-legged friends. All of their ingredients are meticulously selected, all-natural and chemical free.
  • Japanese American National Museum (JANM) - Located in Little Tokyo, the gift store at the Japanese American National Museum is offering several items to celebrate the Year of the Dog, including "I Dreamed I was a Dog" children's book, Akita Donabe clay pot, sushi squeak toy, and French bulldog teacups.
  • Westfield Century City - The pet-friendly shopping center features a Dog Park located directly behind Constellation Boulevard Valet. Dogs can enjoy a grassy area, cool off with the misting “fire hydrant” and doggie relief clean-up bags.

LAX

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first timer, flying can sometimes be “ruff.” For stress relief, look for the red-vested "Pet Me!" dogs with the PUP (“Pets Unstressing Passengers") logos in the departures level of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and cuddle your fears away. Each pup handler and dog has completed an in-terminal training and all are registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Check the PUP Program website for volunteer and promotional opportunities.

For those traveling with a canine companion, LAX features 11 Pet Relief Areas throughout the airport - eight are located indoors/post-security, and three are outdoors/pre-security. Amenities for pets include water, animal houses, and bags for waste disposal. For a map and list of the stations, visit the LAX website.

Hotels

The hospitality at L.A.'s world-class hotels doesn't end with their human guests. Properties across the city are ready to pamper your furry companion with a variety of amenities, from dog treats and toys to doggie day care, special menus and even spa treatments. Rates and size limits vary, contact individual hotels for details.

DOWNTOWN L.A.

KOREATOWN

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HOLLYWOOD

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Urban Spa Getaway for Pooch & You | Photo courtesy of The Orlando

MID-CITY

The Orlando - Urban Spa Getaway for Pooch & You

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WESTSIDE

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THE VALLEY

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WEST HOLLYWOOD

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BEVERLY HILLS

  • Beverly Hills Hotel - Precious Paws 
  • Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - FAQ 
  • SLS Beverly Hills - Booking
  • Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills - Amenities

LAX

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PASADENA

DOG-FRIENDLY HIKES
With hundreds of miles of trails spanning Greater Los Angeles, there's plenty of territory for you and your dog to explore. As a rule of thumb, National Recreation Areas and National Forests are dog-friendly - you can start planning your hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Angeles National Forest, which includes the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.  

City of Los Angeles and L.A. County parks allow dogs on trails, but California State Parks usually do not. Dogs are supposed to be leashed on most trails, but there are two notable exceptions:

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Outdoor Activities

DOG-FRIENDLY BEACHES
Most L.A. beaches prohibit dogs, but there are exceptions. Malibu’s scenic Leo Carrillo State Park allows dogs on a leash in the day use areas, campground and north beach (north of lifeguard tower no. 3).

Opened in 2003, the four-acre Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach is the only legal off-leash dog beach in L.A. County. The "Dog Zone" is in effect daily from 6am to 8pm. Note: only one dog is allowed per adult, so bring a friend if you have two dogs!

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Bikes and Hikes LA
Bikes and Hikes LA believes in hiking with your dog! You're invited to bring your beloved canine on the daily hike at no additional cost. Bikes and Hikes will even include water and snacks for your pooch as well as you.

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Jeff Koons, “Balloon Dog (Blue)” (1994-2000) | Photo courtesy of The Broad, Facebook

ATTRACTIONS

THE BROAD: JEFF KOONS - "BALLOON DOG"
Although dogs aren't allowed into museums, that doesn't mean they're completely missing from the L.A. cultural experience. One of L.A.'s most famous dog-inspired artworks is "Balloon Dog (Blue)" by Jeff Koons, on view at The Broad in Downtown L.A. Part of the acclaimed Celebration series, the stainless steel sculpture is one of five balloon dogs - the others are Magenta, Yellow, Orange and Red.

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
The world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame features more than 2,500 terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalk along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street. The five-pointed stars honor actors, musicians, directors, producers and others in the entertainment industry. Joining that galaxy of honorees are two legendary dogs: Lassie, whose star is at 6368 Hollywood Blvd (between Cahuenga and Ivar), and Rin Tin Tin, whose star is at 1627 Vine St.

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TRAVEL TOWN MUSEUM
Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park isn’t just for kids. The free-admission park, which chronicles rail history and includes dozens of trains for kids and kids-at-heart to explore, also has a miniature train that well-behaved pups can ride.

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Port of Los Angeles & LA Waterfront
The LA Waterfront
in San Pedro is a playground for you and your best friend to run or relax, depending on both your energy levels. There are a variety of options along the LA Waterfront that are safe, clean and dog-friendly, with jaw-dropping views of the busiest port in the nation, the Port of Los Angeles.


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