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8 Dog Friendly Restaurants in DTLA

Downtown Los Angeles has been a hip, growing neighborhood with top chefs and retailers filling up those high-rise buildings. Bring your dog to explore some new restaurants and shops, especially in the Arts District.

From exotic sausages to the best pies, there’s a variety of choices in this growing neighborhood.

 

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Faith & Flower. What a gorgeous place in Downtown — spacious, rustic and romantic. There is a larger-than-normal outdoor patio that feels secluded, while in between the busy streets of DTLA. Walking distance to LA Live, FIDM & Staples Center, it’s a great place for Happy Hour ($1 oysters!) and small shared plates. It has a busy bar scene during the weekdays (after-work professionals come for Happy Hour) but if you prefer relaxed and quiet (me), go on the weekend. 🙂 705 W 9th St. 

Loam. Located in the historic Ace Hotel. A hip place for some New American dishes and exotic cocktails (ie: Beet It: vodka, beet shrub, grapefruit, tarragon, egg white or the Kiss Me Deadly: bourbon, cinnamon, hazelnut, absinthe, bitters) and cute outside patio on the street. 930 S Broadway.

 

The Pie Hole. I’m not a huge dessert person but I think I died and went to sugar heaven. At first I thought that green thing was Key Lime Pie but no! It’s GREEN TEA PIE. It was so light and airy, not too sweet — just the right amount. The other one is Chocolate Crostata — a brownie covered in pie crust topped with caramel and sea salt. I’ll meet you in fatty McFat heaven. 714 Traction Ave.

 

Urth Caffe. When you want good coffee, good tea, salad or SOUPS you come here. This is one Urth of many locations (Pasadena, Bev Hills, Melrose, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach). I love that they serve several choices of soups and the BEST turkey burger the size of your face. Seriously, it’s a monster. And really really tasty. I don’t normally eat meat but I can’t help but take a bite. Also, try the Tomato Rice soup — it’s like childhood in a cup. 451 S Hewitt St.

 

Zinc. There’s a front patio to sit outside with your dog but the real outdoors is in the side/back where there are tables and chairs to sit, talk, mingle and chill in. It has a warm, community-vibe and luscious scenery. The food is delicious and don’t forget the adjoining Mateo cocktail bar which serves some nice drinks! 580 Mateo St. 

Manuela. Walk into the beautiful Hauser & Wirth (an art gallery featuring contemporary works) and find yourself inside an open-air courtyard and restaurant/bar — a gem in downtown Los Angeles. 907 E 3rd St. 

french bulldog and nikki at dog friendly restaurant in arts district

Wurstküche. A staple in Los Angeles serving Belgian fries and unique sausages — flavors like rattlesnake + rabbit, duck + bacon and mango jalapeno. Don’t worry, you can count on classics like bratwurst, hot Italian and chicken apple sausage. I always order the vegetarian Mexican chipotle — so satisfying, spicy and delish. Plenty of outdoor seating. 800 E 3rd St.

Bavel. One of the best upscale Middle-Eastern restaurants you can find in Los Angeles with a chic outdoor patio. Make sure to reserve a table beforehand — it’s been known to be booked a month in advance! 500 Mateo St. 

 

7 San Francisco Hotels with No Pet Fees

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It’s always a score when you find hotels with no pet fees as traveling with your pet can get expensive quickly. Airline fees, transportation, food and just the added shuffle of taking them to and from. I recently flew to San Francisco with the dogs and came across quite a few dog-friendly hotels with no pet fees and wanted to share them here!

Galleria Park Hotel. This Joie de Vivre hotel was recently remodeled and feels light and modern. Complimentary Wi-Fi, a 7-minute walk to Union Square and a walking track on the outdoor terrace. Dogs of any size! Rooms start at $200.

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1 Hotel. Stay at the newly opened Embarcadero location for San Francisco Bay views and top-notch service. Rooms start at $400. 

Clift Hotel. Located near Union Square, open the doors to this historic 372-room Art Deco building designed by Philippe Starck for a truly opulant experience. Elegant rooms, 24/7 gym + the famous Redwood Bar. Read our full review here. Pets under 20 lbs. Rooms start at $200.

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Beacon Grand. Walking distance to Union Square, this hotel celebrates the historic design of San Francisco and is newly remodeled. Pets any size. Rooms start at $200.

Le Meredien. Just steps away from the Embarcadero (Financial District), high-rise hotel welcomes two pets up to 30 lbs. Rooms start at $250.

The Marker. Steps from Union Square, this beaux arts building features rooms with a fun retro vibe. Yoga mat in every room, free bike rentals, free happy hour wine. Any size pets. Rooms start at $180.

Hotel Kabuki. Stylish hotel located in Japantown near the Fillmore with a koi pond. All rooms feature a Japanese furo tub and you can even order a “Bath Butler,” who will draw a bath with salts and tranquil music. Free passes to Kabuki Springs + Baths two blocks away. Two pets of any size. Rooms start at $250.


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Palm Springs Dog-Friendly Guide

The great thing about Palm Springs is that everyone seems to welcome dogs and it is only 107 miles from LA, making it a no-brainer for a fantastic dog-friendly desert getaway. Make sure that you and your pup stay extra hydrated, as it is dry and hot here. Weston, Fira and I rounded up the best things to see and do in Palm Springs with your dog!

 

Formerly the Viceroy, this boutique hotel Avalon is walking distance to downtown and has 2 beautiful pools. The rooms are extra white, clean and calming. ($75 dog fee per stay. Dog walking, grooming and pet reflexology available. Rooms start at $350.) Read my full review here

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Hip, artsy Ace Hotel & Swim Club includes outdoor fireplaces and poolside yurts all with a vintage feel. Rooms start at $299. $25 per dog (under 25 lbs), per night. Up to two dogs.

Kimpton Rowan is in the perfect location right on the main strip. Rooms start at $400. Dogs stay free!

Or stay at the adorable rainbow-colored Saguaro Hotel (known for its legendary pool parties). Rooms start at $159. Dogs allowed at ANY size. $50/per stay.

Head immediately to the bar — that’s where check-in is at Arrive Hotel. Rooms start at $200. Up to three dogs of any size welcome. FREE. Read my full review here

A beautiful 13 acre property, the upscale Parker Palm Springs is gorgeous. Decor by designer Jonathan Adler. Rooms start at $599. $200 per pet/per night. Read my full review here.

With only 25 rooms, L’Horizon Resort feels like a total escape. It’s also 21+ only, so the grounds and pool were super quiet and felt “exclusive.” Note: because they pride themselves on feeling exclusive, all visitors of guests must be approved by management beforehand. Rooms start at $600. $150 per pet/per stay. 

 

Boozehounds: this adorable restaurant/lounge was created for people just like us! This spot has such a laid-back, stylish vibe and is pure happiness in one place. Dogs can enjoy a puppy menu and their humans can enjoy American fare and handcrafted cocktails.

Right behind me is Workshop Kitchen+Bar — probably my favorite dog-friendly restaurant in Palm Springs! The outdoor area is very airy and large, so your pups have lots of room and are blocked off from the street + sidewalks. The decor is so magnificent — call it “stone-chic.” Enjoy inventive New American dishes and craft cocktails.

Order a coffee or tea at Cafe La Jefa and grab a seat. There’s a cute little courtyard here with artificial grass, benches and chairs for a much-needed break. 

If you’re craving brunch, Farm is a must. Provençal-style restaurant with yummy dishes like brioche french toast, crepes and rustic omelettes. 

1501 Uptown Gastropub hits the spot if you’re needing a big burger, fried chicken sandwich or fish + chips. It has its own large parking lot (score!) and the most scrumptious curled potato wedges. 

Birba: get your farm-to-table eats, homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas here in their sprawling, tree-filled patio.

Pantry at Holiday House: located inside the hotel, an adorable spot for upscale comfort food. Must have a reservation. Note: Come for Fried Chicken Fridays! Juniper Table at the Kimpton Rowan hotel: fresh Mediterranean-inspired share plates with local, organic ingredients. It’s right off the main strip so some shopping after lunch is necessary. La Azucar at the La Serena Villas hotel: modern Mexican food with a rooftop patio and Instagram-friendly decor. Koffi: order high quality coffee + baked goods and take them to their backyard escape for lawn seating including a view of palm trees + San Jacinto mountains.

Norma’s at Parker Palm Springs. The hotel itself is one of the most beautifully textured hotels full of color, mid-century galore and art made of varied materials and yarn adorned everywhere — it is lush. The outdoor grounds are equally enchanting — tall greenery with maze-like pathways. Read my Parker Palm Springs Hotel review here. Back to Norma’s. Brunch was yummy — they promptly came with ice water for the pups and a daily fresh baked treat!

 

The Palm Springs Dog Park is perfect for your pup to get some play time and socialization. It has a Large Dog area and Small Dog area and is very well-kept. 

Snap a pic with 26ft-tall Marilyn Monroe and take a stroll around. Cold Nose & Warm Heart is only a five-minute walk away — a dog boutique that sells everything from treats to posh dog clothing.

 

If you’re looking for a relaxed activity to do with your pup and you’re really into cacti like me, check out the Moorten Botanical Garden’s. It’s a short 20 minute stroll through all different species of cactus and succulents. They also sell some cute ceramic plant holders and inexpensive succulents! Admission $5. Dogs: $0.

 

 

On Thursday’s, the Palm Springs Village Fest is a must — a street fair featuring local food stalls, artists and entertainment. 6-10PM.

Photos by: Jessica Castro

Cara Hotel Loz Feliz

Laidback California Cool

Cara Hotel just opened up late last year and it’s already getting a ton of well-deserved buzz. Located past East Hollywood and just shy of Los Feliz, this boutique hotel is super chic yet unassuming. 

Because the surrounding area isn’t the most glamorous, the prices for rooms are pretty friendly on the wallet. You would never expect this ultra-chic spot here—open the arched doors and you are taken into an otherworldly, earthy oasis.

The rooms are a minimalist cream dream—a Pinterest inspo board come to life. I was actually too scared to eat my dinner on the corner chair, lest I get sauce on its boucle fabric. So, I settled into bed with my food on a bath towel. 

If you’re not a total hermit like me, the highlight of Cara is their Cal-Italian restaurant (with the same name). Located inside the hotel in a moroccan-like courtyard with a grand swimming pool in the center, they serve fresh Cal-Italian favorites like heirloom tomato appetizers + handmade lemon pasta. Yes, imagine dining around beautiful blue water. But no, it is not for swimming, unfortunately—don’t pack your bikini, this time. 

I chose a room in the courtyard (first floor) because I like easy access to the outdoors when I’m with the pups. Otherwise, I would have chosen a room upstairs with a balcony. Keep in mind, the restaurant will get pretty loud for dinner as the rooms are very close. I didn’t mind getting an earful of gossip since dinner closes at a reasonable hour.

There was a Ralph’s and Petco next door which was definitely convenient. It’s also in the center of the famous Thai Town, if you’re craving some authentic pad thai or tom yum soup.

With only 59 rooms and a secretive feel, I definitely see this spot becoming a local favorite hideaway and a breath of fresh air in busy LA. Dogs are welcome with a $100 pet cleaning fee.

 

 

 

Echo Park: Take Your Dog on a Swan Boat!

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Did you know there are swan boats in Los Angeles?

Yes, in the middle of traffic, the 2 freeway and 5 freeway, there lies a little lake called Echo Park Lake. This park is dog-friendly (on-leash only) and you can have a sweet afternoon here in the sun with swan boats and the beautiful view of the city skyline. 
 
Because the entire park is surrounded by a chain link fence, you don’t have to worry about your dog accidentally running out into the street. But watch the geese. Weston + Fira love chasing them but the geese do hiss back!
 
 
 
 
 
I was so happy to find out the swan boat rentals are dog-friendly! It’s best to buy a ticket first ($11 for one hour) and book a designated time. They’re not too strict about the time so you can show up a bit earlier or even later. I showed up half an hour early and got a rental right away. 
 
Fira + I both put our life vests on and we were ready to go! Side note: they don’t require your dog to wear a life vest—just make sure they will be okay on the boat and practice safety.
 
It was so relaxing pedaling around and enjoying the slight mist coming from the fountain. This lake isn’t one for swimming but it’s super cute to watch the geese + ducks and let the pups enjoy. 
 
 
 
french bulldog chasing geese
 
751 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Photos by: Kat Hanegraaf

 
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