Rachael Riley
| The Fayetteville Observer

If you’re a pet parent and a Fayetteville resident, there are plenty of things to do with your pooch including dining out, shopping and outdoor activities. 

Here are some dog-friendly hangouts, breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, stores and parks, according to online review sites and Fayetteville doggie influencer Instagram accounts. 


Fayetteville boasts more than 40 dog-friendly restaurants and taverns, according to BringFido.com. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome in outdoor dining areas.

Downtown Fayetteville

• Huske Hardware: 405 Hay St., 910-437-5650. Veteran-owned gathering spot featuring food, craft beer, wine, a weekend night club and pet-friendly bricked-in patio. 

Huske Hardware House has received a rating of 4.6 out of five bones by 10 canine critics on BringFido.

“We called ahead to be sure there would be a patio table available for our Mini Schnauzer and us,” RF wrote Oct. 3. “We were greeted with a bowl of water for Maizie.”

• Blue Moon Cafe: 310 Hay St., 910-860-4700. Casual dining with outdoor seating and specialty dishes, craft beers, wine and cocktails. 

Blue Moon Cafe has received a rating of 4.4 out of five bones by five canine critics on BringFido

“I chose Blue Moon Cafe for our stop after our trail walk at Cape Fear River Trail,” Buck “the dog” wrote more than a year ago. “The sweet waitress brought me a shiny bowl of water.

• Circa 1800: 108 Person St., 910-568-4725. Traditional Southern dishes, local spirits and craft beers, casual dining with outdoor seating.

• Pierro’s Italian Bistro: 217 Hay St., 910-678-8885. Family-owned Italian cuisine and specialty dishes with outdoor seating. 

• The Sweet Palette: 101 Person St., 910-489-7342. Family-owned cupcake and custom cake bakery with pet-friendly outdoor tables. 

• The Coffee Cup: 108 Hay St., 910-433-1119. Locally owned coffee and baked goods shop with outdoor seating.

• Rude Awakening: 227 Hay St., 910-223-7833. Locally owned coffee bar with pet-friendly seating at sidewalk tables and on back deck.

• Bright Light Brewing Co.: 444 W. Russell St., 910-339-0646. Craft beer and wine nano-brewery with food trucks on site.

• Archway Burgers: 113 Person St., 910-758-9449. Casual dining restaurant with certified angus burgers, hotdogs and craft beer. 

Around Fayetteville

• Mac’s Speed Shop: 482 N. McPherson Church Road, 910-354-2590. Live music, craft beer, barbecue and pub food and outdoor patio.

• World of Beer: 1944 Skibo Road, 910-758-9782. Global and craft beers and tavern food with outdoor patio. 

• Salsa’s and Beer: 516 N. McPherson Church Road, 910-491-5407. Mexican restaurant with dog-friendly patio seating.

• Mellow Mushroom: 301 N. McPherson Church Road, 910-779-2442. Pizza eatery with specialty-baked pizzas, calzones, hoagies, burgers, mixed drinks and outdoor pet-friendly tables. 

“Passing through N.C., we had no idea where to go with our little pom,” Peggy wrote in 2018. “(Mellow Mushroom) was so caring, bringing out a HUGE bucket of ice water, and the chicken breast we ordered for her was unsourced and perfect. The hostess and all wait staff had to stop and say hello to our girl.”


• Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming: 1216 Fort Bragg Road, 910-860-1200. Offers raw, frozen and grain-free pet food, gourmet treats, toys, pet products and grooming for pooches.

• Naturally Unleashed Pet Nutrition Center: 3035 Boone Trail, 330 Glensford Drive and 3010 Traemoor Village Drive, 910-486-4636. Naturally Unleashed is a family-owned and operated pet nutrition center, with natural, holistic and organic foods, treats and supplements.

• PetSmart: 2061 Skibo Road, 910-867-2300; 4721 Ramsey St., 910-853-7148. Pet supplies, training, grooming and daycare. 

• Pet Supermarket: Pet supplies, food, toys and more. Highland Centre, 2800 Raeford Road, 910-484-8577.

• Pressed-A Creative Space: 120 Hay St., 910-818-6147. Unique items gift store with T-shirts, self-care items and items for your four-legged best friend. 

• Turner Lane: 242A Hay St., 910-263-8546. Gift store with southern locally crafted artisan goods, organic handmade soaps and bath products, home decor and regional goodies, including jams, sauces and fresh bread.


Maybe Fido’s looking for a way to get some exercise and make new friends. If so, try one of the dog parks or trails in and around Fayetteville.

• Riverside Dog Park: 555 N.Eastern Blvd., 910-433-1547. The park features two fenced areas. One is for smaller dogs weighing less than 25 pounds; the other is for the big dogs. All dogs, regardless of size, must be legally licensed, current on vaccinations and have tags securely attached to collars. Dogs outside the fenced area must be on a leash.

• Cape Fear River Trail: A scenic walk on a paved trail along the bluffs of the Cape Fear River. Many walkers bring their leashed dogs. Access the trail from Jordan Soccer Complex near Methodist University off Ramsey Street, or to the south (which has fewer hills) on Sherman Drive in Clark Park or at the end of Eastwood Avenue. Follow the signs. Contact Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation for information.

• Mazarick Park: 1400 Belvedere Ave., 910-433-1575. BringFido publicizes the 80-acre park that includes lake fishing, trails and game areas as dog-friendly. Dog owners are reminded to keep pups leashed and to clean up any mess left behind.

• Spring Lake Outpost: 1530 N. Bragg Blvd., Spring Lake, 910-248-3409. The Spring Lake Outpost, a seasonal kayak and canoe rental company in Spring Lake, schedules outings on the Little River. Customers can rent paddles, life jackets and kayaks for three-hour periods, and the business Instagram page features dog owners taking their pooches along for the adventure. 

Staff writer Rachael Riley can be reached at [email protected] or 910-

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