If you’re anything like us, you want to take your dog literally everywhere. To the park, to brunch, to the bar, to the dentist’s office… (jk but not really because we would if we could!) Luckily, though, LA is an extremely dog friendly town with a plethora of dog friendly destinations, and not just restaurants! Today, we’re taking you on a trip to Downtown LA and touring some of the amazing (and some not so obvious) furriendly spots.
Spring Arcade Building - Blu Jam Cafe
Serving: Breakfast & Lunch (open 8AM-3PM daily)
Start your day off with a steamy french press coffee for two and Blu Jam’s famous crunchy french toast. Blu Jam Cafe downtown is located in the lesser known Spring Arcade Building (there’s no arcade though… we checked!) on the corner of Spring and 6th, with an entrance on Broadway as well.
According to their website, “The Spring Arcade Building, built in 1924, with its sunlit covered outdoor space is being transformed into a vibrant and diverse, dining destination, home to a variety of privately owned, artisan businesses, offering everything from breakfast to desserts. Each restaurant offers an outdoor seating area where you can sit and take in the beautiful Spanish Renaissance and Beaux Arts details of this historic building while enjoying your unique cuisine before heading off to enjoy the shops and sites of the revitalized Historic Core.” There are many dining, drinking, and snacking options to choose from but if you’re craving brunch, Blu Jam is the move. With plenty of outdoor covered seating (actually the majority of the seating is outside), this is the perfect spot to take your furry friend. The wait can be pretty long, but a helpful hint: you can reserve your place in line shortly before arriving through Yelp! Happy brunching!
The Last Bookstore
If you feel like taking in some knowledge, or expanding your vinyl collection, take a short stroll (literally one block from the Spring Arcade Building) to The Last Bookstore. This 22,000 square foot 2-story facility features books, DVDs/Blurays, Vinyls, crafts, and literally everything in between.
The best part? Yup, you guessed it! They’re dog friendly! Pitter patter your way over to the selling counter in the back where they have full size candy bars! (AKA big crunchy treats for your furry friend!)
Head upstairs to the winding labyrinth of books on books on books. You never know what treasures you might find. And while you’re there, take advantage of the uniquely creative photo opps constructed by the innovative minds behind the bookstore.
The Container Yard
This warehouse type space is tucked away down a sketchy-ish street in the Arts District but draws you in with the beautiful wall art in its entryway and adjoining buildings. It’s a little difficult to describe exactly what the space is for but there was an amazing barista bar that made a killer latte, and shop called Montana which is a street artist’s paradise featuring hundreds of spray paint cans from the Australian based company, and a barber shop in the far corner.
A short few blocks away, “Nestled in heart of the Arts District of Downtown LA, Resident, is a hybrid bar, beer garden and music venue that pays homage the vibrant community, creating a destination for the best in craft cocktails, beer and live music.” Day or night, this great beer garden with ample outdoor space (fire pits and heat lamps are abundant) is a perfect destination to grab a drink and a bite at their rotating selection of food trucks with human and furry friends alike. The street art in the area also ain’t so bad for a few photo ops with your pooch.
We hope you enjoyed our latest edition of Top Furriendly Spots in LA. Be sure to check back for more LA spots! If we missed your favorite pet-friendly Downtown Location, share it below!