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Our Guide to Dog Friendly Manchester City Centre

Manchester is jam-packed with an eclectic range of dog friendly restaurants, bars, shops, museums, galleries, hotels and places to stay. Here’s our guide on how to enjoy dog friendly Manchester with your pooch.

Morning Walkies

Just a 30-minute walk from Piccadilly takes you to the tranquil oasis of Manchester city, Whitworth Park. This place is a world away from the hustle and bustle with 18 acres of parkland explore your pooch has plenty of open spaces to stretch their legs or get rid of any pent up energy before hitting the town.

We also really love Heaton Park, though a fair distance away from the city centre so you would have to make travel arrangements (though sadly dogs aren’t allowed on the Manchester Metrolink) Heaton Park is the biggest park in Manchester, in fact, the largest municipal park in Europe! This park has a broad mix of parkland, woodlands, and ornamental gardens, and comes complete with attractions like cafes, children’s play areas, an animal centre, tram museum, and so much more. 

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Breakfast or Brunch

It’s no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Manchester has a collection of tasty breakfast bites where the dog is welcome too. The most popular of those is Ezra & Gil. With a large breakfast menu and plenty of options for Vegans, this place is loved by many. Another favourite amongst the locals is the Federal Cafe & Bar where we have heard the French toast and overall presentation of the breakfast dishes will have you drooling like a Bulldog.

Perhaps your a bigger fan of a nice greasy spoon breakfast? (Raises hand) Well, the Koffee Pot will have you covered as they have been serving the great hungover masses of Manchester for years. They have a range of breakfasts brekkies from your classic full English to a Scottish with haggis, Irish with fried soda farl and even a Welsh breakfast complete with cockle and laverbread cake.


Looking for a coffee spot? We adore Just Between Friends Coffee. As well as serving brunchy foods, this place has a passion for a good brew with a varied menu including beetroot lattes. The Molly House also prides itself on offering something for everyone including round the world teas and coffees!


After breakfast, perhaps you want to enjoy a spot of shopping after all Manchester has a plethora of places to shop with the pooch. Our favourite place is Afflecks a fully dog friendly shopping emporium. Every shop is dog friendly so you can shop till you drop together without having to worry about asking first. Within Afflecks is Betty & Butch, a one-stop dog shop where you find everything from luxury dog soap to accessories and dog beer.

That’s not forgetting the range of other places in the Northern Quarter, Piccadilly Records, Butcher’s Quarter, Pop Boutique, Retro Rehab, Oklahoma, Fred Aldous, and Northern Flower. Also, Selfridges allow small dogs are welcome inside if they are able to be carried or fit into a dog bag.


Next up – Lunch! One thing is for certain, you’re never short of a place to lunch with the dog in Manchester. If you love street food, the number one place to hit up with the pooch is Mackie Mayor. This popular and trendy indoor food market is well known for being dog friendly.

If you love toasties, you’ll love Northern Soul Mcr! Northern Soul’s gourmet grilled cheese! It’s inside an old outdoor market unit and the food is award-winning. They’ve even got a series of tail-wagging photos on their Twitter feed capturing the dogs who come in.

Looking for a classic pub lunch? We love The Refuge, it’s a magnificent venue with something for everyone and the dogs are given plenty of treats and water. We also enjoy The Wharf, another popular dog friendly place in Manchester with stunning views over the canal basin.

Something different? Cottonopolis is a Japanese inspired restaurant where dogs are always welcome inside with plenty of treats and fresh water. Our pooches can enjoy the full VIP with their very own menu of tuna sashimi or char sui pork. Alternatively, you can get some mouth-watering Spanish and South American tapas at The Molly House, or a tasty pie from Pieminister!

Vegan? The Deaf Institute Manchester has got your back with 80% of the dishes being vegan, including loaded nachos, mac n cheeze, seitan burgers, loaded hot dogs and 100% vegan ice cream

Things To Do

Sniffing for something entertaining to do with the pooch by your side? Well, you’re in luck because Manchester has a dog friendly bowling alley called Dog Bowl


Alternatively, there are plenty of dog friendly live music sessions taking place in pubs across the city including star-studded music venue Night and Day Cafe who has played host to many musicians while finding their way to stardom, including Alex Turner, Guy Garvey, and Johnny Marr. Just make sure your pup is OK with the extra noise!


Whether you’re looking for a snack or dessert, there’s one widely talked about dog friendly place you have to visit, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium! From quirky ice-creams such as Marmalade on Toast to tasty Meringue’s. this tasty place will always have your mouth watering. Something for everyone including those with a Vegan dietary requirement. They even have a barrel of biscuits just for our pooches.


When it comes to drinks, you are spoilt for choice with dog friendly venues. We love the mysterious and hidden bar The Gas Lamp. This quirky basement bar has a range of spirits many bars could only dream of, serving the best gins and whiskies from around the world.

We also love Terrace NQ who has a great selection of cask ales and for cocktails, The Jane Eyre has the edge with their short but unique cocktail menu.

Start Your Adventure

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