With an abundance of green spaces and the overall love for animals in Edinburgh, this news won’t come as a shock to most who have eyes and has been out and about in Edinburgh. A study done by raw dog food company Ethically Raised has concluded that Edinburgh is the most dog-friendly city in the UK, based on the number of bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes in the city that advertise dogs being welcome.
The study revealed that Edinburgh has 106 dog-friendly restaurants, with 320 online searches for dog-friendly cafes, and 390 searches for dog-friendly restaurants, per month. Edinburgh was placed above the likes of Liverpool, Machester, London and Bristol overall – but this doesn’t surprise us.
Edinburgh has been home to dog-friendly venues including Teuchter’s Landing, The Lioness of Leith, The Pantry, Raeburn, Queen’s Arms and many more for years, and most new openings that pop up tend to welcome furry friends. These often also offer benefits for the dogs themselves, with comfy areas for them to chill out, outside spots for those so inclined, and treats such as puppy ice cream to keep them occupied.
Pooches are in fact welcome in many shops and even hairdressers too, such as St James Centre and Reilly Denholm hairdressers, meaning your dog-friendly day doesn’t have to stop at coffee and a cake. Add to that the variety of parks and green spaces dotted around the city, and you’ve got yourself an entire day out with your pup!
It’s actually no wonder that interest in dog-friendly locations is so high in Edinburgh – take a walk through pretty much any corner of the city and you’ll see just how many city-dwellers come in a package with a dachshund or Italian greyhound.
On top of being the best place to live in the UK, Edinburgh is truly deserving of the title UK’s pooch capital, prioritising dog owners and lovers, and we’re here for it.