Downtown Raleigh is a dog-friendly community with no shortage of spots for your pooch to get pampered, socialize, or rest their paws. Raleigh was even named one of the top 30 pet-friendly cities in the nation by WalletHub, which is no surprise to local pet owners.
Using this guide, you’ll find that your canine companions will love spending time downtown just as much as you do with plenty of dog parks, dog-friendly patios, and businesses offering pet products/services.
Snap a shot of your dog enjoying downtown and use the hashtag #DogsofDTR for a chance to get featured on our Instagram. Scroll to the end for a special #DogsofDTR Spotlight on local dog-lebrity, Munjo of Munjo Munjo.
If your Downtown Raleigh business is dog-friendly or sells dog-related products, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this list.
Dog parks are a great way to let your dog burn off some energy and play with fellow Dogs of DTR.
Downtown Raleigh is home to many dog-friendly patios where you can enjoy a drink or meal while your furry friend gets some fresh air and sunshine. Some even allow friendly, leashed dogs inside their storefronts as well!
#DogsOfDTR Spotlight: Munjo the Pomeranian of Munjo Munjo
Downtown Raleigh is such a dog-loving community we even have a local retailer named after and inspired by the owners' pup Munjo!
Q: Where are Munjo’s favorite places to hang out downtown?
A: Mun's favorite place is probably The Morning Times. We've been eating and drinking there since before we were a brand, and now that we're next door, we grab something to go, almost daily. His favorite hangout afterhours, is probably Boxcar. Any time he's there, he meets other dogs and dog lovers, and if it's early enough in the day, he gets a "pup cup" from Videri, across the street. He also loves sitting around in the grass at Moore Square, especially during events like Jazz in the Square or the Night Market, because of all the other dogs that he'll get to see. Other places we can't walk by, without him trying to stop in and visit include Black Friday Market, Haymaker, and the patio at Foundation.
Q: Do you have any tips for dog owners that bring their furry friends to Downtown Raleigh?
A: Be sure your pup can handle the sights and sounds! Most places are dog-friendly if the pup is well-behaved, so there are LOTS of dogs downtown. Not everywhere is well-shaded, so don't forget to bring some water, and maybe snacks, with you. You can find a water dish somewhere on nearly every block though, thanks to thoughtful businesses.
Q: Best Downtown Raleigh memory with Munjo?
A: It's hard to pick a specific favorite memory of Munjo downtown... There used to be an annual dog show at King's, and Munjo took second place in 2018, showing off his counting skills. The crowd was chanting his name, and he still gets recognized for it to this day. A more recent one would be our evenings at Jazz in the Square. It's conveniently close to our store, so it quickly became one of our go-to weekly activities when it debuted. We're often working, either at the store, or in the studio, but being downtown gives us plenty to do, when we do find the time.