If you are a pet parent who lives in Los Angeles, then you should know that Los Angeles is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the US. It’s not just the beautiful weather year-round and the ability to live in a city while having quick access to scenic walks and hikes that makes LA such a great place to live with pets. LA is filled with so many pet-friendly restaurants and activities; the sky is truly the limit!
With the pandemic slowly coming to an end and the city opening back up, why not get out and see what the city has to offer? After a year of living through lockdowns and quarantine, it’s time to live life to the fullest and show our furry friends how much we appreciate them for helping us through the past year.
Let’s shake up your routine and try something new. It’s time to grab your pet and experience LA in a whole new way.
Pet-Friendly LA Favorites
There are enough pet-friendly activities in LA to plan an easy morning routine, a dog-friendly date, or an entire pet-friendly weekend. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together pet-friendly activities by category to help you plan an itinerary.
LA Walks and Hikes
Looking for a walk that’s off your typical path? Give one of these LA neighborhoods or hiking trails a try for a change of scenery.
Runyon Canyon- This is one of the most popular hikes for dog owners and for good reason. With its beautiful views of the iconic Hollywood sign, as well as plenty of places for your pup to sniff, this is a unique LA experience that can’t be missed. If your dog needs a little off leash time, there’s even a special off-leash area for your dog to stretch their legs and get the wiggles out.
Elysian Park- Fairly secluded and with little foot traffic, you and your pet can walk in quiet contemplation along the 2.5-mile trail. The oldest park in Los Angeles, Elysian Park is filled with history, from Barlow Hospital to the native plants that are being preserved as part of conservation efforts.
Venice Canals- Designed to look like a piece of Italy in the middle of Los Angeles, walk your dog (or leash trained cat!) along the canals. Your pet can enjoy all the new smells while you drink in the architecture along the 2-mile route.
After a morning walk, why not stop and enjoy a coffee and pastry. Many LA cafes have dog-friendly patios, so you and your dog can enjoy your morning beverage and a pastry while you soak in the LA sun.
Muddy Paw Cafe- Muddy Paw serves freshly roasted coffee as well as a selection of teas and pastries. Check out their dog-friendly patio in Silverlake and their special dog park in Eagle Rock! Muddy Paw Cafe provides more than just caffeinated beverages to the community. They also support local pet rescues, putting the spotlight on individual groups local to the Los Angeles area.
Black Dog Cafe- Stop into the Black Dog Cafe for their famous Coffee Cubano and a pastry. Or you can enjoy a light lunch of one of their soups and a sandwich or an option from their vegan menu. Don’t forget to sneak your pup a little piece of bacon from your BLT while you enjoy your meal on the patio.
Alcove- Take your dog and a good book to Alcove. You and your pet can relax on one of the garden patios nestled between the historic bungalows that make up the Alcove Cafe and Bakery. You can enjoy one of their hearty breakfasts and share a little morsel with your dog while you soak in the relaxing atmosphere.
Dog Indoor Playdate Destinations
Help your dog keep an active social life by taking them to visit one of these activity centers designed just for dogs.
The Zoom Room- If you live in the city, one of the drawbacks is not having room for your dog to run. Visit Zoom Room to let your dog make new friends, and romp in a climate-controlled gym for dogs. They host doggie birthday parties and even offer training courses if your dog needs to work on their manners. Plus, if you and your dog are there for a play session, you get a free coffee while you wait!
Two Hands Four Paws- If you have a dog that loves to swim, sign your pup up for swim lessons at Two Hands Four Paws. In addition to fun swims for dogs of all types, they also offer hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and massage for dogs who may be suffering from joint pain or other ailments.
If you want to go out for dinner but you like to dine with your dog, stop into one of these pet-friendly restaurants and enjoy a bite.
The Morrison- Stop into this restaurant, rated the most pet-friendly restaurant in Los Angeles. They have a delicious selection of pub food as well as a special menu just for dogs with items like “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo” or “Where’s The Beef?”
The Fat Dog- On a clear evening, grab your pet and enjoy a beer and a burger on the dog-friendly patio of the Fat Dog restaurant. Their simple menu of elevated pub standards is great for a casual meal.
The Oinkster- Fan of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”? You’ll love The Oinkster. Enjoy a juicy burger and a delicious hand-scooped shake with your pup by your side.
We’ve barely even scratched the surface. Los Angeles is filled with so many pet-friendly activities! Explore your neighborhood and you may find even more ways to get out and have a day with your pet. Take advantage of everything Los Angeles has to offer and enjoy living in one of the most pet-friendly cities in the United States.
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