LA is one of the best cities for exploration on all budgets. One of the few things Angelenos love more than In ‘N’ Out, organic anything, and a day magically free of traffic is their dog. But you shouldn’t have to feel pigeon-holed in your exploration of the city when choosing to bring fido along an adventure.
The following list includes pet-friendly (on-leash unless otherwise stated) activities, fitness classes, doggie dining spots, hikes and pretty much everything else that your pooch will be begging to do with you. And let’s face it, when your dog begs, we all know you won’t be able to resist that face.
The outdoor mall often frequented by celebs also offers a few dog-friendly shops. Take a break and enjoy the water works show at the fountain then visit Sprinkles and indulge in a red velvet cupcake (for you) and a sugar-free cupcake for your pup. The Original Farmer’s Market is full of international food options as well as organic produce but round the corner is The Dog Bakery aka doggie dessert heaven.
When people think of Los Angeles they probably envision something like Third Street Promenade, a shopping center near the beach. Check out the various shops or enjoy the street artists providing one-of-a-kind performances you’ll only find in L.A. After you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Blue Plate Oysterette, and get your fill of sea food (with scraps for Fid0).
Your dog will love the outdoors as much for the incredible variety of smells and stimuli as he/she will for the exercise element. There are a host of great hikes around the greater Los Angeles area that are good for beginner level hikers/dog owners that I’ve previously catalogued, including Sandstone Peak, the Bronson Canyon Trail, Eaton Canyon, and Runyon Canyon. Check out the full list if you think your pup will love a little outing in nature!
For those days when you want to spoil yourself and your fur baby visit this restaurant at the luxury hotel where they’ve developed a menu exclusively for dogs. The six-item menu at Fido’s Kitchen was developed by Chef Dakota Weiss and includes mutt’za balls, seafood goulash, and apple crunch cakes. Gourmet dog menus are right up there with kale smoothies and a decent avocado as things you’ll probably only find in the City of Angels.
The famed brewpub is home to bleu cheese grits, fried green tomatoes and finger-lickin’ good barbecue whose scraps are dog-worthy. The covered patio is perfect for pets and you can walk the promenade after indulging in good (m)eats.