The Best Dog-Friendly Places in Washington DC

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If you have brought your favorite pet along for your visit to Washington DC, then have no fear: the District is home to several places welcoming and catering to canines. Here is a list of dog-friendly shops and parks which will be best for your puppy.

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You can take your dog to the outdoor patio of Pinea, and can have a bocce game and a menu that is infused with Italian and Mediterranean flavors.

The “Rasika West End” restaurant also permits pooches on its beautiful patio and doles out Tandoori lamb chops to adults. Treat your puppy at the Pooch Patio of “Art and Soul”, which offers grilled sirloin and banana popsicles. You can soak up the views of the Capitol Building when savoring the creative take of Art and Soul on American classics.

The “Glen’s Garden Market” situated in Dupont Circle has pizza and sandwiches, besides a patio with enough space for a dog. Canines are welcomed with open arms at the Right Proper Brewing Company’s patio, a place in which to eat bar bites and sip on brews.

If you are seeking beer garden settings which are dog-friendly, then make it a point to check out NoMA’s Wunder Garten which offers lounge chairs and games, and Shaw’s “Dacha Beer Garden” featuring Bavarian beverages and farm-to-table fare.


Your National Mall trip can include your dog, as dogs are free to join you when you walk past the memorials and monuments taking in the view. Another scenic and pet-friendly spot is Tidal Basin, which is home to cherry blossom trees.

Theodore Roosevelt Island, reachable by a pedestrian bridge from the memorial parkway named after George Washington, has a couple of mile-long trails along the river Potomac that are ideal for an evening walk with your doggie. Another popular park in the city that is ideal for that is Meridian Hill Park, which has a lot of land for canines to roam around. If your dog likes rhythms, then take it to the Meridian Hill Park’s Drum Circle on a Sunday.

Rock Creek Park has acres of natural land, with over four miles long trails, which serve as an oasis right in the heart of the city. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, situated along the river Anacostia, is one more dog-friendly option, because it is home to beautiful aquatic gardens where you can have a good time walking with your dog.

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