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Dog-Friendly San Francisco: The Best Beaches, Parks, Restaurants, Events + More

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Dogs live the good life in San Francisco. Walk down any street and you'll see a pooch happily trotting along, catching crumbs under cafe tables, or chasing tennis balls in one of the many off-leash neighborhood parks.

In addition to plentiful outdoor spaces for the four-legged to roam, many local restaurants and businesses welcome furry patrons. Pair that with miles of canine-friendly beach and tons of pet-friendly workplaces, and it's no wonder we rank as one of the best cities for dogs every year. Yearning to take dog baby out on the town for a bit of shopping or a patio drink? Scroll through our favorite dog-friendly spots in and around the city.


Have we left out your favorite spot? Post pics of your pup in his or her favorite Bay Area locale with the hashtag #dogsof7x7.

PARKS + HIKES

Bernal Hill

Bernal Heights Park (aka Bernal Hill) is basically a giant dog park. It's completely off leash and a great place to go for a short hike on a clear day with panoramic views of the bay and downtown. There's plenty of dogs, kids, and picnickers to keep you company. // Bernal Heights Blvd. (Bernal Heights), sfrecpark.org

John McLaren Park

This 312-acre park in Excelsior features seven miles of trails that run through wispy tall grass and green hills. Enjoy a nature hike with your pup or let him run wild with the pack in one of the two designated dog play areas. They can even swim in the duck pond. McLaren is the second largest park in the city, but far less crowded. // 100 John F Shelley Dr. (Portola), sfrecpark.org

Marin Headlands

While dogs are allowed on leash or under voice control in some areas of the Marin Headlands, it's important to note they are prohibited in other areas. The general rule of thumb is that dogs are allowed off-leash north of Tennessee Valley Road, starting on the Miwok Trail, and running up and over the hill to Muir Beach. // Along Conzelman Rd. (Marin), nps.gov

Mt. Davidson

Mt. Davison Park is one of the best hikes in the city. It's also the highest natural point in San Francisco, and has great panoramic views. It's know for its large, dead tree and a gigantic metal cross. Most people stop at the tree, but if you continue on, there are smaller dirt trails that wind through the forest with much less people on then While it's not an off leash park, you'll see dogs walking the trails sans leash. // Myra Way (Sunnyside), sfrecpark.org

Dolores Park

On a sunny day, Dolores Park is packed with dogs, hipsters, and pot-smokers. It's a great place to people watch and let your dog make friends. Bring a picnic and a blanket, and some tennis balls for your canine. Dogs are allowed to go off leash—hooray. // 19th & Dolores St. (Mission), sfrecpark.org

This article has been updated since it was originally published in April 2016.

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