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Dog-Friendly Melbourne Guide

By: MAXBONE LOS ANGELES Read Time: 3 minutes Date: July 21, 2020

Small Dog Big City by @eddie.thechihuahua

Hi, I’m Eddie! I’m an 8-month-old Chihuahua puppy living in Melbourne, Australia.

I love city living. You have the benefits of beautiful green spaces and parks, mixed with an abundance of things to do and places to see.

Melbourne is known for its cafe culture, and goodness knows my mum likes her coffee! So today I’m going to take you on a little tour of my city, with its street art, cafes, and culture.

First things first:

When heading into the city with your pup, it’s good to have the essentials.

We always take a comfortable lead and harness, as well as the essential poop bags.

Today I’ve chosen my max-bone sport set, as we have a little rain forecast, so I love that this set is all-weather durable, and the harness is comfortable for lots of walking. A small bag of treats is also handy, especially if you want to take photos or do a little bit of training.

Cute fashion is a must! Melbourne is all about fashion and style - I wouldn’t dare head naykee into the city! Plus we are in the middle of winter - perfect sweater weather.

Today I’ve chosen my Vintage Max Bone Aspen sweater, it compliments my olive sport set perfectly, and I love that it has a hole on the back for my sport harness to be worn underneath.


Plan ahead

City adventures with a pup need to be planned. We are lucky that we have an abundance of outdoor pet-friendly cafes here, make sure you know the ones that have water bowls handy, otherwise, a portable bowl is a good idea to take on your adventure.

Today we are heading to see some of the street art that Melbourne has to offer. You may have seen pics of Melbourne’s street art, and of Hosier lane with its colorful walls and art - it is even more amazing in real life - so much to look at! 


Hosier Lane runs off Flinders lane, which is surrounded by some of the best restaurants and cafes Melbourne has to offer, and it is also quite close to the Yarra River and Federation Square with its beautiful outdoor cafes and restaurants, so there is so much to see and explore here. 

Our city is also home to some wonderful green spaces, we like to start and finish at one of these, and it is also great for getting those toilet stops out of the way before hitting the pavement!



Our Adventure

We started off at the Treasury Gardens just on the edge of the city then headed down Flinders Lane to check out the street art as our first point of call. 

AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place are just ahead of Hosier lane, so we wandered down those first to check out the artworks before heading to the main attraction. 

Hosier Lane can get really busy at times with people taking in the artworks, so time your visit for a quieter day or earlier in the morning if your dog isn’t that comfortable with crowds. We were lucky to almost have the lane to ourselves to take in all the sights on the day we headed in.

After grabbing some pics we headed off to Arbory - a dog-friendly outdoor cafe on the Yarra River for lunch. They bring a water bowl to your table for dogs, plus they have outdoor heaters to take off that winter chill. For a small pup like me, this was also a great bird-watching spot! 



After a delicious lunch a stroll back down the river, and up to Flinders Street Station, and Federation Square to take in the Architecture then back to Flinders Lane to find a dessert spot.

This trip we chose Roule Galette, a little French Creperie off Flinders Lane, those crepes sure looked delicious! They were very happy to have a little pup to visit them. And mum gave me a little bit of banana as a treat, yum! (But I really wanted the entire crepe).


City trips can be a lot of walking for a small pup, so we headed back up Collins Street to window shop the fashion houses, before stopping back in at the Treasury Gardens for some duck watching and a toilet stop before heading home.

I can’t wait for my next city adventure!

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