the ultimate pet-friendly guide to philadelphia
The City of Brotherly Love may be known for the Liberty Bell (and its cheesesteaks!), but if you’re visiting Philadelphia with pets, you’ll find there’s a lot to explore with your furry best friend. Whether your pet is a history buff or a chow hound, there’s plenty of ground to cover on two legs or four.
For the culinary hound: dog-friendly restaurants
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121 S. 17th Street
Fido will feel right at home at Square 1682’s outdoor BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) brunch, where you’ll find canine-themed cocktails and something on the menu for both you and your four-legged friend. Best yet, a portion of the proceeds are donated to Lulu’s Rescue, a volunteer-run companion animal shelter.
205 S. 18th Street
This bistro is the place to pause after an on-leash romp in pet-friendly Rittenhouse Square. Your furry family member can cool off with a bowl of water and tasty treats while you dine in style by the park.
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3420 Sansom Street
You and your pup will enjoy the patio seating (and a refreshing water bowl for Fido) at the popular White Dog Café, where organic farm-to-table fare is a way of life. Be sure to check out the wag-worthy décor while you’re there!
1601 East Passyunk Avenue
This highly-acclaimed sushi restaurant offers delicious, creative dishes and outdoor seating for you and your pet. Dogs can catch a cold drink from a water bowl and sniff out a furry friend or two in this pet-friendly neighborhood. BYOB.
1627 E. Passyunk Avenue
Just a woof away from Izumi, this cozy Italian bistro serves up authentic fare. Your four-legged friend is welcome to join you for al fresco dining and a tableside water bowl.
931 N. 2nd Street
If Mexican fare is your style, Cantina Dos Segundos will not disappoint. Their outdoor seating area is pet-friendly, and during Yappy Hour (the third Thursday of the month), 10% of proceeds are donated to Street Tails Animal Rescue.
For the outdoors-dog: dog parks
Take Fido for a stroll on the waterfront Schuylkill River Trail, then visit this urban oasis for an off-leash romp. Constructed with K9 grass, the park holds separate areas for large and small dogs, and frost-free water fountains.
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18th and Walnut Streets
Gather in the park for a picnic with your pooch, take a stroll or sniff out a spot to sit in the sun. Whatever you choose, Rittenhouse Square is the place to see and be seen. One of five original city squares planned by William Penn in the 1600s, today Rittenhouse Square is surrounded by restaurants, shops and luxury residences.
1020 Lombard Street
Unleash the fun with your canine companion at Seger Dog Park! Your pup can run with the pack on the wood chipped terrain or sit with you on a bench in the shade, and pet water fountains are available.
For the clotheshorse: dog-friendly shopping
53 North 3rd Street
Featuring a spa menu for pooches (with natural pet care products), an array of high-quality treats and snacks, toys and pet accessories, your pup will feel like the top dog at this city boutique.
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With locations throughout the City of Brotherly Love, this neighborhood watering bowl makes it easy for you to pamper your pup. You’ll find everything from pet basics to bakery-fresh gourmet treats at this popular establishment.
Washington Square West
267 S. 10th Street
With boarding options, treats, toys and more, Litterpaw will be a hit with your four-legged friend.
Washington Square West
117 S. 13th Street
Treat yourself and your pet at this local vegan soap shop, where you’ll find eco-friendly pet shampoos, coat treatments and a little something for you, too.
For the traveling tails: pet-friendly hotels
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433 Chestnut Street
Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco welcomes your four-legged family to historic Philadelphia with open arms. There’s no extra charge for your canine companions, and there’s no limit on the number of pets you can bring — you won’t find size, weight or breed restrictions here, either. Pet amenities include pet beds, water bowls, colorful mats, food and courtesy bags for dog walks. The hotel also supplies a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques.
117 S. 17th Street
This stylish hotel could be considered one of Hotel Monaco’s littermates—it’s a Kimpton location too, and offers the same amenities listed above. It’s also a short stroll away from Rittenhouse Park, and outdoor dining options you can enjoy with your pup.
1200 Market Street
If you like to spoil your pooch (and who doesn’t!), the Loews Loves Pets program and their full menu of pet-friendly services can help. Pet amenities include treats at check-in, pet beds, water bowls, extra leashes and collars and services such as a map of dog-walking routes, a list of area veterinarians and a pet-friendly shopping list. Pet stays run $35 per reservation, and there’s a limit of two pets per room. Pet sitting and dog walking services are available for an additional fee.
For the up-for-anythings: other activities
Walk your dog and learn as you go with a pay-as-you-wish walking tour of Philadelphia. Whether you’re interested in ghosts, cheesesteaks, history or art, try Free Tours by Foot or Free and Friendly Tours to learn more about what Philadelphia has to offer. Both options are dog-friendly, though it’s best to tell your guide about Fido when you call to book your reservation.
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1020 South Street
Dazzle your dog with walls of colorful mosaics and murals at this one-of-a-kind outdoor art space. Friendly pets are welcome to tour the gardens with you—just keep your pup on-leash and clean up after them if need be.