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The Ultimate San Francisco Pet-Friendly Travel Guide

Discover the best spots in San Francisco for you and your soulful sidekick with our ultimate pet-friendly travel guide. Uncover dog-friendly parks, restaurants, and attractions in the city that knows how to treat its pets right!

Australian Shepherd with golden gate bridge in background

San Francisco is a city known for its iconic landmarks, unique neighborhoods, and an abundance of outdoor spaces that both humans and dogs can enjoy. With beaches, parks, pet-friendly dining, and shopping galore, San Francisco is a pooch's paradise. Let's dive into eight of the best dog-friendly activities in the city.

Play Fetch at Fort Funston

Corgi on the beach


Start your adventure at Fort Funston, an off-leash haven for dogs. Known for its sandy bluffs and stunning beach views, this is the perfect place for your dog to stretch their legs and play fetch. Remember to bring a towel for post-beach cleanup, especially if your pup is a fan of frolicking in the waves.

Stroll in Golden Gate Park

three dogs hiking trail


No visit to San Francisco is complete without exploring the city's heart and soul, Golden Gate Park. This vast park offers multiple dog play areas, miles of walking trails, and plenty of sights to take in. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!

Brunch at Zazie

Small dog at brunch table full of food


Refuel at Zazie, a delightful French bistro in Cole Valley. This beloved spot is not only famous for its delicious brunch offerings but also for being extremely dog-friendly. Their heated sidewalk seating is perfect for you and your pup to enjoy a cozy alfresco dining experience.

Explore Buena Vista Park

Dog exploring park


Next, climb the verdant hills of Buena Vista Park, the city's oldest official park. With its on-leash policy, this park is ideal for more serene, controlled walks while still offering panoramic views of the city.

Delight in Duboce Park Cafe

Man dining at outdoor table with two doodle dogs

Time for a coffee break? Duboce Park Cafe welcomes dogs at their outdoor seating area. Enjoy a latte while your canine companion takes a breather, and perhaps treats themselves to a doggy biscuit or two.

Stop by Bow Wow Meow

Dog sitting on sidewalk with bone in mouth

Continue your dog-friendly city tour with a stop at Bow Wow Meow in Nob Hill. This pet store is packed with high-quality pet supplies, from organic foods to stylish dog gear. They even have a self-serve dog wash station if your pup needs a little sprucing up after their city adventures.

Dinner at Pier 23 Cafe

Dog looking longingly at table full of food


For a fantastic dinner, head to Pier 23 Cafe located on the city's historic waterfront. This dog-friendly spot boasts fresh seafood and other local fare, with plenty of outdoor seating for you and your furry friend. The stunning bay views add to the overall dining experience.

Grab a Pint at Holy Water

Dog sitting at bar with owner


End your day at Holy Water, a cozy neighborhood bar located in Bernal Heights. This laid-back spot is known for its impressive list of craft cocktails and beers. With its dog-friendly policy, it's an excellent place to relax and unwind with your canine companion lounging by your side. With its friendly atmosphere and quality drinks, Holy Water makes a perfect nightcap to your pet-friendly San Francisco day.

From its abundant outdoor spaces to its pet-welcoming eateries and stores, San Francisco provides a fantastic backdrop for creating memorable moments with your soulful sidekick.

Remember to respect the city's leash laws, clean up after your pup, and enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer to pet lovers. Whether you're a local or a visitor, you and your dog are sure to find your happy place in the City by the Bay.

Cheyanne Rains is a Chicago-based social media specialist with an unwavering passion for our furry companions, despite not having a pet of her own—yet. When she's not spoiling her numerous four-legged "nephews and nieces" with treats and toys, you'll find her searching for the perfect lavender latte, exploring new places, or immersing herself in the electric atmosphere of live music.

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