Lonely Planet Writer

Dublin's new dog cafe welcomes canines and humans

Two entrepreneurs could have been forgiven for wondering if they were barking up the wrong tree when they decided to open a new café in Dublin specifically catering for dog lovers and their pets.

Licking his lips - the new Dog Café in Dublin has drawn approval from pets and their owners since its recent opening
Appetising – the new Dog Café in Dublin has drawn approval from pets and their owners since its recent opening Image by FootAJ / CC BY 2.0

But they needn’t have worried. One week on from their launch, the two business partners are delighted with the reception they have received from both human and dog customers for their venture.  Appropriately named Pupp, the eatery for man’s best friends and their owners, is the idea of Ella Wallace and Paul Froggat, who both gave up staff jobs at Google to open the premises on Clanbrassil St on the city’s south side. The café – described as the Irish capital’s first truly dog-friendly eating premises – offers patrons, both dogs and humans, healthy treats and hopes to follow up those offerings shortly with a full brunch menu.

The urban dining setting will also accommodate a Pupp Store in which owners can buy harnesses, leads and collars for their dogs, as well as offering high-end treats to spoil them either in the café or at home. The Irish Independent reports that people without a pet can also enjoy their stay in the premises by ‘talking to’ Toby the terrier, the owners’ own dog. Following a crackdown by health authorities on animals entering public houses in Dublin, the dog café has been given a warm Irish welcome by dog lovers. The dog eatery comes within a year of the opening of a cat café in Lucan, another Dublin suburb, by Georgina O’Neill.