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GoNOLA Tops: Pet-Friendly Places in NOLA

Southern Paws Photo: Greg Tilton

Your dog is your best friend, so don’t leave him or her behind when you visit New Orleans. If you’ve traveled with your pets before, you know it can be tough to plan an itinerary that includes furry friends. Fortunately, New Orleans is super dog-friendly. Many shop and bar owners are more than happy to welcome pets – just make sure to ask – and most hotels can also accommodate your best friend, with a pet deposit. We’ve made a list of our favorite dog-friendly spots in the city to help you share the best of New Orleans with your pet!

Eat

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Cafe Amelie’s courtyard takes you back in time. Order the classic daiquiri, and you will feel like you’re in the 1930s. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Café Amelie

Situated in a historic French Quarter Courtyard, Café Amelie offers indoor and outdoor dining. The patio is the best choice if you’re bringing your dog, so make sure to request a table there when you make your reservation. The food is inspired by Creole culinary traditions and features local produce for dishes like gumbo or crawfish linguine.

Dat Dog is one of the vendors at Freret Street Festival (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Dat Dog

A more casual option, Dat Dog is a gourmet hot dog joint with a full bar. The locations on Freret and Magazine Streets have ample outdoor patio space for your furry friend, and both locations welcome dogs with water bowls. Here you can order anything from traditional hot dogs, to alligator sausage with crawfish étouffée on top. Choose your own adventure!

Croissant D’or Patisserie

Croissant D’or is an adorable French Quarter bakery that serves pastries, sandwiches, and hot breakfast. The owners welcome pets in their sunny courtyard – so just order your eggs, croissants, and coffee and then head outside with your beloved.

Herbsaint

Fine dining with your pet is possible at Herbsaint, which has extensive sidewalk seating with a balcony overhang to protect from rain. When you’re making reservations, just make sure to request outdoor seating and let them know you’ll be accompanied by your dog. Herbsaint is Chef Donald Link’s flagship restaurant and serves some of the best Cajun and New Orleans Creole food in town.

Drink

Cosimo’s is located in the back corner of the French Quarter and is warm and welcoming to pets Photo: Greg Tilton

Cosimo’s

A beloved neighborhood bar, Cosimo’s is located in the back corner of the French Quarter and is warm and welcoming to pets. Many of the regulars are dog-owners so there are always plenty of pups both inside and outside the bar. In addition to drinks, Cosimo’s has a separate kitchen that serves pizza, burgers, and bar snacks.

12 Mile Limit

12 Mile Limit is the perfect combination of neighborhood dive bar and craft cocktail excellency, with a kitchen serving unpretentious but delicious food. Dogs are welcome here – both inside the bar and outside in the courtyard. On Mondays, 12 Mile Limit serves free food!

The Bulldog

If you love beer and you love your dog, The Bulldog is where you want to be. Although pets aren’t allowed indoors, they are welcomed and encouraged in the extensive outdoor courtyard area. In addition to having one of the city’s most extensive beer selections, the Bulldog serves delicious burgers and other bar food.

Parleaux Beer Lab

When the weather is nice, you’ll want to grab your pet and head to Parleaux Beer Lab in the Bywater. This outdoor space is perfect for playing with your furry friend while you sip beer and sample food from whichever food truck is on site that day.

Urban South

One of New Orleans’ most successful breweries, Urban South’s tap room is a great place to both sample new beer and hang out with your pet. Daytime in the taproom is full of pups recovering from their morning walks.

Shop

Southern Paws is located in the French Quarter and sells New Orleans-inspired toys and treats (Photo: Greg Tilton, Jr.)

Southern Paws

You love to shop when you travel, so why shouldn’t your pet get a little something special too? Southern Paws is located in the French Quarter and sells New Orleans-inspired toys and treats. Check out the king-cake themed treats and Mardi Gras costumes.

Tahyo Dog Boutique

Named for a Cajun word for big, hungry dog, Tahyo (pronounced TAY-YOUR) was created to support the Villalobos Rescue Center, seen on Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls & Parolees.” You can shop treats and toys for your dog and cute t-shirts for yourself, all while knowing the proceeds go to a great cause.

Petcetera

Located on Magazine Street, Petcetera is right in the middle of tons of great shopping. In addition to sourcing fun pet products from all over the world, Petcetera supports Louisiana artists who make dishes, furnishings, portraits, collars, and other accessories for the sale at the shop.

Dog Parks

City Bark Dog Park (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Nola City Bark

Located inside beautiful City Park, NOLA City Bark offers nearly five acres of off-leash play for your pup. There are areas for both small and large dogs, water fountains for dogs and humans, shade pavilions, walking paths, water play areas, and on-site restrooms for human comfort. Please note that you do need a permit to insure your dog has been properly vaccinated. Temporary/tourist permits are available at the office on 1 Palm Drive.

Wisner Dog Run

Uptown’s Wisner Dog Run offers green space for dogs to run off-leash. This free play area includes water fountains, benches for humans, and some shaded areas for relaxation.

Crescent Park Dog Run

Located in Crescent Park along the Mississippi River, Crescent Park Dog Run is a small area to let your dog off-leash. This is a great option if you’re planning on taking a longer walk along the river and want to let your dog roam free for a moment.

Note: City Park, Crescent Park, Armstrong Park, and Audubon Park all allow dogs, as long as they are on leashes!

Something Extra

Walking Tours

Are you into history, culture, or haunted legends? Most walking tours in the French Quarter, Garden District, and Tremé will gladly allow dogs to tag along for the adventure – just make sure to alert the tour guide when you book so they can ensure the tour is fun for both you and your best friend.

Barkus Parade

Considering bringing your pet to Mardi Gras? Make sure she gets to see the Mystic Krewe of Barkus parade, the only parade dedicated to the city’s dog population. This walking parade through the French Quarter features dogs and their owners in elaborate costumes. In addition to beads, parade throws include treats for dogs watching on the sidewalks.

NOLA on Tap

A fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA, NOLA on Tap is the largest beer festival in the area. In addition to encouraging attendance by furry friends, NOLA on Tap features over 400 national, local, and home-brewed beers, live music, art vendors, food, and games. The event is located in the City Park festival grounds.

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