John Gorilla, Brunswick West

It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to combine your daily dog walk and park trip with delicious breakfast and a silky smooth coffee. Just a few minutes walk from off leash Gilpin Park, Clifton Park West and Reaburn Reserve in Brunswick, cute artsy cafe John Gorilla is a fun brunch pit stop that’ll keep your pup smiling and your stomach on cloud nine.   

Tucked away in Brunswick West, John Gorilla dish up an extensive range of sweet and savoury menu items. Without a doubt, you’re sure to find all breakfast your favourites. The best thing about John Gorilla though, is the range of unusual items on the menu. Indian Shirkhand with fresh mango and raspberries. Avocado Piquillo on sourdough. Then there’s their Breakfast Burrito with BBQ tofu, black beans and chipotle aioli. Add to that their rotating specials from Tiramisu French Toast to Fried Eggs with Spicy Tomato Stew, Chickpeas, Kransky and Potato and breakfast suddenly becomes a whole lot more interesting. As you’d expect, their kids menu is perfectly designed for your little one’s simpler tastes. They’re sure to smile as they chow down on cheese toasties or eggs and soldiers.

With such good food, it’s fair to say that John Gorilla has clearly cemented itself as the dog-friendly cafe of choice for locals. Their outdoor space is well-designed too, particularly for a sidewalk cafe. Long shared tables line the pavement along leafy Pearson Street with ample room for groups and pups. There is roof cover,  dog water bowls, and lucky pups may even snag a treat from the dog loving staff.

The only real drawback is that Pearson Street can be quite busy. Weekends in particular feature a constant stream of pedestrians along with cars parking along the kerb. If traffic is an issue for your dogs, try and arrive early and you might be able to snap up the super dog-friendly seats in front of the on-street bike parking. Wherever they sit though, they’re sure to enjoy meeting a stack of lovely pups and revel in the pats from all the dog loving locals. 

ADDRESS: 49 Pearson Street, Brunswick West
Hours: 730am-4pm Mon-Sun
Features: Covered outdoor seating, dog water bowl, gluten-free options, vegetarian options, vegan options, kids menu
Outdoor seating: 20

For more info, visit their website.

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