We like to think of ourselves as an inclusive kinda lot here at HoneyKids, and we’re always on a mission to sniff out the family-friendly eats, activities and cool new things to try here in Singapore for kids and adults of all ages. But what about the other, endlessly loyal members of the gang? Yep: pet dogs need paw-some places to hang out too, so we’ve been barking up the right trees all over the island in search of a fun day out for the pooch and its humans…
A fur-tastic place to bring your kids AND your dog for a fun-packed day by the sea. Dogs are allowed off-leash here so they can go mad on the sand with their human friends before taking a dip in the sea to cool off. Feeling hun-grrrrrr-y? Tanjong Beach Club and Coastes (on Siloso Beach) both welcome your pup and provide bowls of drinking water too.
Tanjong Beach, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942; www.sentosa.com.sg
Paws ‘n’ Pans
Paws ‘n’ Pans serves up not only a mean Thai tea and some pretty decent popcorn chicken, but the cafe is run by rescue dogs (with a little help from the humans) who are looking for a forever home. Leah and Choco are the current residents, but do follow the Facebook page for deets of regular adoption drives. There are no age limits on kids coming in to pat a pup, and guests can bring their own pooches along too. We LOVE that this cafe works closely with Animal Welfare Groups – they help animals looking for a family by making sure they meet as many potential adopters as possible. Admission is free!
Paws and Pans,327 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427584; www.pawsnpans.com.sg
Bishan Park Dog Run
Located at Bishan Park 2, this doggy patch of heaven comprises two enclosures: one for small breeds and the other for the bigger dogs on the block. Certain breeds will need a muzzle (check the AVA rules to see if your pet needs one), and dogs can run free off-leash with their other furry friends.
Bishan Park, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1; www.nparks.gov.sg
Canopy Garden Dining Bar
Once you’re done in the dog run at Bishan, head over to the dog-friendly vibes at Canopy Garden Dining Bar. Its brunch menu serves classic breakfast dishes such as Eggs Benedict and fluffy buttermilk pancakes, and delish bigger dishes including Lobster Pomodoro. Dogs are only allowed outside, but with all that abundance of gorgeous green nature, who wants to be cooped up indoors?
Canopy Garden Dining Bar, Bishan Park 2, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569931; www.canopygardendining.com.sg
The Green Corridor
This gorgeously green 24km stretch between the old Tanjong Pagar railway station and the Woodlands Train checkpoint is where Singapore used to be connected by train to Malaysia. The line is now unused but far from unloved, and provides an ideal rambling spot for the whole family, four-legged pals included.
The Green Corridor, between Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and Woodlands Train Checkpoint; www.thegreencorridor.org
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens is a popular place for scenic dog walks, surrounded by lush greenery. Canine friends are not allowed off-leash but can explore the extensive gardens with the fam before a well-earned big bowl of water at pup-friendly Casa Verde (humans can have coffee if they prefer…).
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6471 7138; www.sbg.org.sg
When it comes to top-notch fun for your furry friend then look no further than Sunny Heights. This doggy day-care heaven goes beyond just a place for your pooch to hang out while us human folk are working: grooming, swimming, a hotel, a doggy bakery and a pet-friendly cafe are all part of the experience. Either drop Rover off for day-care, or chill out with him at the pool before lunching together at Ah B Cafe.
Sunny Heights, 110 Turf Club Road, Singapore 288000, p. 6314 9363; www.sunnyheights.sg
Pet Mover’s Dog Run
Head over to Pasir Ris Farmway with your dog (kids optional!) for some free fun at Pet Mover’s Dog Run. Your hound will love the dog wading pool, complete with bathing area (shampoos are thrown in for free). We like the fenced-off play area where your dog can play while you keep a watchful eye from the on-site cafe. Larger fur kids in the play yard will need to be muzzled.
Pet Mover’s Dog Run, 4 Pasir Ris Farmway II to 61 Pasir Ris Farmway III, Singapore 519318, p. 6581 3688; www.petmovers.com.sg
Pack up the kids, the dog and the kites and head over to Marina Barrage for a breezy afternoon by the sea. Well-behaved dogs are allowed off-leash (just be mindful of visitors who might not be keen on your friendly pooch bounding up and offering up wet kisses). This is the perfect spot for kids and their best friend to run free and burn off some crazy energy together.
Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens, Singapore 018951, p. 6514 5959; www.pub.gov.sg
A Dog’s Life Pet Salon
Everyone loves a little retreat from everyday life from time to time, pups included! So why not pamper the pooch in your life with a day at an amazing pet spa? Choose from such doggy delights as an Ultimate Pawdicure Treatment, as well as options for skin care, fur care and dental care. Fido will leave looking and feeling dog-gone gorgeous.
A Dog’s Life Pet Salon, 32 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169780, p. 6222 8559; www.adogslifepetsalon.com
West Coast Park and Dog Run
For the Westies of the island (as well as all other dog breeds), West Coast Park provides hours of fun. The dog run is open all day, every day, plus water and bio-degradable poo bags are provided for free. If you have a larger breed then do be prepared to muzzle your dog regardless of how gentle a giant he is.
West Coast Park and Dog Run, Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore; www.nparks.gov.sg
Open Farm Community
Not only is Open Farm Community family-friendly with its fun sand pit and gorgeous gardens to roam, but the family dog is welcome too. True story: we recently spotted a pampered pooch enjoying a birthday party here, complete with birthday cake!
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819; www.openfarmcommunity.com
Sun Ray Café
Delicious coffee and a room full of wagging tails sounds like a great pick for dogs and humans alike. Check out the special menu for hounds (using top grade meats and cooked without any ingredients that will be harmful to pooch tums), or even celebrate your fur kid’s birthday with their fellow furry friends here: treat them to a mean meatloaf!
Sun Ray Café, 79 Brighton Crescent, Singapore 559218, p. 6283 8700; www.sunray.sg
Charter a 26-foot catamaran for up to 10 passengers (including four-legged friends) and set sail to Seletar Island with the whole family on a two-hour cruise equipped with both human AND doggy life jackets. Guaranteed to put life in the ole sea-dog and make for an afternoon of fun for all.
Pet Cruise, p. 9637 5009, e. email@example.com; www.sites.google.com/site/petcruise88
The Garden Slug
The guys behind The Garden Slug are huge animal lovers, plus they serve up awesome, unpretentious food in a comfortable setting. The independent café – which often hosts events for animal charities – is located next to a heap of pet stores, so you can grab your coffee and kibble in one go.
Garden Slug, 01-59/61 Bright Centre, 55 Lorong L Telok Kurau; www.thegardenslug.com
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