Looking for somewhere to chill out with your dog on the weekends? Need to help your pooch let off steam with the human kids? From cafes to pet cruises, we've sniffed out all the best hang-outs in Singapore.
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 best 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 humans and the pooches.
A fur-tastic place to bring your kids AND your dog for a fun-packed day by the sea. Dogs are allowed on the sand with their human friends before taking a dip in the sea to cool off, although normal rules apply – they have to stay on the lead. Feeling hun-grrrrrr-y? Tanjong Beach Club, Coastes and Ola Beach Club will welcome your pup and provide bowls of drinking water, too.
Where: Tanjong Beach, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
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 AVS rules to see if your pet needs one), and dogs can run free off-leash with their other furry friends.
Where: Bishan Park, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
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 at the alfresco dining area outside, but with all that abundance of gorgeous green nature, who wants to be cooped up indoors?
Where: Canopy Garden Dining Bar, Bishan Park 2, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569931
Gallop Kranji Farm Resort
How about getting away for a break in the countryside with the kids and the hound in tow? Gallop Kranji Farm Resort caters for the whole family when it comes to an easy staycation right here in Singapore, and let’s just pop this here from the get-go: there’s a spa for us mums!
Where: Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
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.
Where: The Green Corridor, between Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and Woodlands Train Checkpoint.
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…).
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6471 7138
When it comes to top-notch fun for your furry friend, then look no further than Sunny Heights. This doggy daycare 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. You can drop your furbaby off for daycare, or chill out with them at the pool before lunching together at Ah B Cafe.
Where: Sunny Heights, 110 Turf Club Road, Singapore 288000, p. 6314 9363
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 here but must remain on the leash.
Where: Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens, Singapore 018951, p. 6514 5959
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 including skin care, fur care and dental care, and once your doggy-friends are looking dog-gone gorgeous, they can hang out in the fun play room while waiting for their humans to pick them up.
Where: Brownie Buddies, 32 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169780, p. 6222 8559
Open Farm Community
Not only is Open Farm Community family-friendly dining at its best with its fun sand pit and gorgeous gardens to roam, but the family dog is welcome too. True story: we spotted a pampered pooch enjoying a birthday party here, complete with birthday cake!
Where: Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
West Coast Park and Dog Run
For the Westies of the island (as well as all other dog breeds, sorry, we couldn’t resist the bad pun), 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 it is.
Where: West Coast Park and Dog Run, Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore
Sun Ray Cafe
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!
Where: Sun Ray Cafe, 79 Brighton Crescent, Singapore 559218, p. 6283 8700
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 ol’ sea-dog and make for an afternoon of fun for all.
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 cafe – 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.
Where: The Garden Slug, #01-59/61 Bright Centre, 55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, Singapore 425500, p. 6346 0504
Worried Fido feels jealous the kiddos get to run and play at Singapore’s best playgrounds? Head to the roof at NEX for an off-leash doggy playground with designated play areas for small and big dogs. Fitted with hoops, ramps, tunnels and more, your furkids will get to climb, jump and run as much as they like. You can access the playground via pet-designated lifts 1 and 2. Psst, dogs are not allowed in other areas of the mall.
Where: K9 Park, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Jurong Lake Gardens
Over at Jurong Lake Gardens, there’s a dedicated dog run for Spot to let loose and power those paws. Drop the kids at the amazing playground so they can burn off their own energy!
Where: Jurong Lake Gardens, Yuan Ching Road, Jurong
You can also check out NParks’s site for a list of its other dedicated dog runs. You’d be barking not to!