A Day Out With Your Dog in Pittsburgh

If we could take our dogs everywhere with us, we would. So why not make a special day to take your dog around the city of Pittsburgh? You don’t have to stick to park and walking trails only either. There are a number of dog-friendly restaurants, cafes, breweries, treat shops, and stores that are inviting your furry bestie in for service. Grab a bite to eat outside while your dog gets their very own water bowl or let them pick out a treat at a dogs-only bakery. Needless to say, it’ll be the happiest day of your dog’s life, and maybe yours too!

Big Dog Coffee Shop

South Side

Ironically, Big Dog Coffee Shop’s favorite customers are their pet pals. When you need a pick-me-up, stop in on your morning dog walk for a cup of joe. The staff will be happy to greet your dog and if you become a regular, you might even get featured on their Instagram.

Square Cafe

East Liberty

Looking for a sit down breakfast or lunch but have your dog with you? Don’t worry, Square Cafe will sit you and your furry friend in their outside seating section for maximum comfort. They’ll even be able to provide you with a bowl of water for those hot days.

Spork Pit BBQ

South Side

The outside pet-friendly patio atmosphere and smokey ribs available at Spork Pit BBQ will have your pup begging for a trip to the restaurant. They aren’t just about meats either with vegan and vegetarian options available to suit every sort of person. 

Redfin Blues

Washington’s Landing

What better place than along the waterfront for a tasty excursion? Their outside tables have a beautiful view of the river which you and your dog can enjoy while sipping a cocktail. Try their Redfin Crab Cake for a taste of the sea or Limoncello Chicken if you’d rather stay on land. 

Grist House


If you feel like stopping for a beer with your best friend, Grist House has a changing tap menu and pet-friendly seating area for the best experience. You could even gather with a group of friends and have a dog meetup where everyone can enjoy each other’s company. 

Southern Tier Brewing

North Side

Right between PNC Park and Acrisure Stadium along the river is Southern Tier Brewing. They have a variety of picnic tables scattered beside their building, providing the perfect place to soak in the Pittsburgh sun. Just be sure to get your pup their own glass so they don’t go thirsty.

Sewickley Heights Borough Park


If your furry friend loves to run then you need to take them to Sewickley Heights Borough Park. This off-leash dog park gives you plenty of green space for running, playing, or just relaxing. It also gives your dog an opportunity to meet other dogs in the neighborhood for socialization.

Highland Park

Highland Park

You’ll find plenty of greenery at Highland Park to allow your furry friend some off-leash time. There are plenty of picnic spaces to lay out a blanket and read a book while your dog gets some energy out. You can even check out the fountain area for benches and a cooling atmosphere.

Three Dog Bakery


While most of the places on this list are more of a treat for the human, let’s spoil our pets for a change at Three Dog Bakery. From the moment you walk through the door, tails and ears perk up for homemade dog treats and cakes. Choose from biscuits, cookies, or even Pupcakes customized for your pet’s special day.



Every dog falls for a different type of toy. Let them choose the one they favor the most at Petagogy. This pet shop carries a variety of pet toys, food, treats, care products, and so much more. Your dog will stand there in wonder with all the choices they could imagine from stuffed animals to squeaky toys. 


Various Locations

Everyone, even your dog, could use a bit of ice cream from time to time. Millie’s has plenty of outside tables and chairs where you can take a moment to eat homemade ice cream. They also have a changing specials menu to present new seasonal flavors whenever possible.

Oliver’s Donuts


The staff at Oliver’s Donuts outdoor window have a treat in hand ready for your pup. You can order from their walk-up window for daily, made-from-scratch donuts and seasonal drinks. Then, have a seat and relish in your new morning routine.

Treat your pet at home too with our Homemade Dog Treats recipe.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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