3 Days of Pet Friendly LA

Dog running in Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon | Photo: @__a_m_e_l_i_a_, Instagram

Overview

With hundreds of hiking trails and wide open parks across the city, Los Angeles is one of the best cities for hanging with your four-legged friend. Restaurants and bars are dog-friendly, too - many offer water bowls and doggie treats for your pup. Ready to add to your furry family? Book a session at a dog or cat cafe and you might meet your new bestie.


Day 1

Start with breakfast in Venice and a coastal drive to Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. After lunch, cat lovers can spend an hour in "purradise" while doggies head to Kenneth Hahn Park. Enjoy a poolside dinner at Hotel June, then pick a winner at the famous turtle races at Brennan's.


Dogs enjoying brunch at The Rose Venice
L.A. Rose Café

Start your day on the patio of this Venice favorite.

Leo Carrillo State Park
Leo Carrillo State Park

One of the few LA beaches that allows on-leash dogs.

Malibu Country Mart
Malibu Country Mart

Shop till you drop with your leashed fur baby.

Dogs on the patio at 26 Beach Restaurant in Venice
26 Beach Restaurant

Yes, there are Sushi Hamburgers and yes, you want one.

Elizabeth at CatCafe Lounge in West LA
CatCafe Lounge

Cat lovers, book your one-hour session right meow!

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area at sunset
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Enjoy five miles of trails and beautiful sunset views.

Oysters and wine at Caravan Swim Club in the Hotel June
Hotel June

Baja-inspired food and drinks at Caravan Swim Club.

Siberian husky on the patio at Brennan's in Marina del Rey
Brennan’s

Come for the turtle races, stay for the special puppy menu.

Day 2

You're definitely getting your steps in today, from hiking the wildly popular Runyon Canyon to exploring Griffith Park and playtime at Lake Hollywood. Later on, it's dinner and a movie at Tom Bergin's and a pint or two at Wirtshaus.


Runyon Canyon Park
Runyon Canyon Park

The 90-acre off-leash Dog Park is LA's best (and busiest).

Dog at The Trails Cafe in Griffith Park
Trails Cafe

Pastries and sandwiches for you, and treats for your pup.

A dog sits on a Griffith Park trail with the Hollywood Sign in the background.
Griffith Park

Explore 70 miles of trails, LA landmarks, and hidden gems.

Dog on the patio at Alcove Cafe in Los Feliz
Alcove Cafe

The huge patio is perfect for groups of furry families.

Lake Hollywood Park
Lake Hollywood Park

Playtime with friendly locals under the Hollywood Sign.

Doggie cookies at Muddy Paw Coffee in Silver Lake
Muddy Paw Coffee - Silver Lake

Doggie cookies and proceeds donated to local shelters.

Dog on the patio at The Cat & Fiddle in Hollywood
The Cat and Fiddle

Doggie menu and a paw-some Happy Hour on the patio.

Dog on the patio at Tom Bergin's on Fairfax
Tom Bergin's Tavern

Irish Coffee, pub grub and outdoor movies on Thursdays.

German beer in the Biergarten at Wirtshaus
Wirtshaus

35+ German beers offered in the dog-friendly Biergarten.

Day 3

Today you'll explore the vast playground of the Valley, including two off-leash parks and beautiful Lake Balboa. Add a pic of your pup to the Blue Dog Beer Tavern's Wall of Fame, then test your archery skills at Woodley Park and relax with a pint at Springbok. End your night in NoHo with dinner at The Fat Dog and drinks on the patio at Idle Hour, home to the giant bulldog.


Club Benedict at Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge | Photo by Karen Young
Lakeside

Organic breakfast with a view at this Encino favorite.

Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park
Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park

This dog run has lots of space and an obstacle course.

Lake Balboa
Lake Balboa

Take a stroll with your leashed dog, but no swimming!

The Blue Dog Beer Tavern
The Blue Dog Beer Tavern

Add your pup's pic to the Wall of Fame.

Woodley Park Woodley Lakes Golf
Woodley Park

Activities include a golf course and archery range.

Patio at Springbok Bar & Grill in Van Nuys
Springbok Bar & Grill

Take a break at this South African themed sports bar.

Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park
Whitnall Off-Leash Dog Park

Three-acre park has a separate area for smaller dogs.

The Fat Dog - North Hollywood
The Fat Dog - North Hollywood

Dog-themed gastropub with a huge patio and doggie treats.

Bulldogs at Idle Hour in North Hollywood
Idle Hour Bar

Enjoy an al fresco nightcap with Fido and a giant bulldog.