Photo: Dee Ohh Gee Cafe
Let your doggie and kitty get in on the surging cafe culture in Singapore. We round up some pet-friendly cafes where they may run about and make new friends, and partake in the goodies on special menus prepared just for them. And don't worry, there's something to keep you full too.
Stock up on doggy treats
III Cafe is a huge hit with dog owners mainly because it stocks delicious and healthy homemade treats (think cakes, cookies and other snacks) from local dog food bakery, The Barkery. The air-conditioned space has furniture lined along the walls to give your pets more room to roam and run in the middle of the room. Each table is equipped with cleaning supplies and there is a basket of doggy toys if you need them. The spicy Mexican Drumlets ($5.90) seem to be a hit with the human crowd, whereas the Chicken or Beef Meatballs ($5) are popular with the pooches – the ingredients that The Barkery uses are all human-grade. You should make a reservation on the weekends as it is typically full-house.
III Cafe | Address: 687A East Coast Road, 2nd floor | Tel: 66558288 | Opening hours: Tue-Thu 3pm-10pm, Fri 3pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm
Custom-made cakes for doggies
The hangout is cosy and hip – think concrete floors and colourful mismatched chairs. Pups are free to roam the entire place. Doggiestyle Cafe specialises in tantalising custom-made baked treats for your pets. Cakes and cupcakes have to be pre-ordered but you may get your hands on weekly-made cookies ($6 per 100g). For yourself, try its popular dish, Tori Katsu Curry Rice ($10) – it comes with a sinfully crispy deep-friend breaded chicken thigh, rice and a Japanese-style curry. Doggie may pick from a rather extensive menu – made with human-grade ingredients. We heard the Pumpkin Pork Pie ($5.90) is a hot favourite. A layer of cooked mashed pumpkin sits atop some minced pork and minced broccoli and carrots. Hand sanitisers are provided and if your dog has an “accident” in answering nature's call, the employees will clean up for you.
Doggiestyle Cafe | Address: 496 Changi Road | Tel: 64491296 | Opening hours: Mon & Tue 1pm-10pm, Thu & Fri 1pm-10pm, Sat & Sun 11am-10pm
Sun Ray Cafe
For top-notch food and coffee (for the pet owners)
Prepare your cameras because you will want to snap a shot of the well-plated dishes that emerge from the kitchen. Oh, and yes, that artisanal cup of coffee is ready for your sipping at the end of the meal as well – there are cold brews! Some stellar starters include the garlic herb butter escargots (from $9 for half dozen) and the truffle-perfumed Field Mushroom Soup ($7). The crew tells us that the light and flavourful Prawn Aglio Olio ($16) is a hit with the regulars, as is the super tender and succulent Duck Confit ($22). There is a steal during weekdays with the one-for-one set lunch ($25), which comes with a soup, a main and a drink. The modern-looking cafe is split into human-only and pets-only sections. The menu for the pets is simple: pick from a range of unsalted, preservative-free meats such as chicken, beef, salmon, beef and pork (from $5 for 80g) and throw in rice or fresh fruit if you want.
Sun Ray Cafe | Address: 79 Brighton Crescent, Serangoon Gardens | Tel: 62838700 | Opening hours: Mon & Tue 6pm-11pm, Wed & Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm
For a good dessert fix
The tables and chairs in this cosy cafe are pushed to the side to leave a larger space in the middle for your four-legged besties to play. You'll find the standard western starters and mains here, but you must leave room for desserts. They're decided on a weekly basis and are consistent winners with patrons. Favourites such as Earl Grey Tea Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream ($5.90), Mixed Berries Tart ($7.50) and Chocolate Lava Cake ($7.50) are featured on a rotational basis, so don't fret if you miss one. Even your doggie may get in on the sweet treats – let it try the Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream Tart ($7.50) after it has had its meal of the well-loved Porkie Meatballs ($4.90). The menu for pets changes on a weekly basis too. Cleaning supplies are provided for owners.
Paw Pet-radise | Address: #01-07 Monville Mansion, 530 Balestier Road | Tel: 97473295 | Opening hours: Mon 5pm-11pm, Wed & Thu 3pm-11pm, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm