Where to eat
Where: Opposite the Plaza Kiosk, overlooking the Japanese garden and lake.
The Lakeside Bistro offers sustainable, seasonal dining at its best for morning or afternoon snacks or a scrumptious lunch.
Its delicious meals are freshly made, using local produce whenever possible – including breads and pastries from the Zoo’s in-house bakery and herbs picked from our own garden.
The family friendly menu includes no-fuss sandwiches, soups served with Zoo bakery rolls, and gourmet salads. For something more substantial, you might choose from a handmade burger, an aromatic curry or pasta. There are also a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Our kids’ menu has a choice of healthy meals on offer as well as universal favourites such as fish and chips, tasty toasties, and a choice of desserts designed for small stomachs.
The Lakeside Bistro is also a popular spot for morning and afternoon tea, with a selection of Zoo-baked pastries, cakes, scones and cookies.
If you’re after something to drink, we have coffee, hot chocolate, a range of carefully picked wines and beers, and more.
View the LAKESIDE BISTRO MENU.
Where: Opposite the Plaza Kiosk.
The bakery makes gourmet pies, sausage rolls, pasties, pizzas, sandwiches and baguettes, all perfect lunch options. Watch the bakers at work through the window and take in the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread. We have an irresistible range of baked goods on offer to satisfy your appetite.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are muffins, fairy cakes, cookies and other treats to take away (or even take home).
And why make an extra stop on your way home when you can get a freshly baked loaf of bread for your lunch or dinner?
We also make kids’ lunch packs that combine healthy food with a sweet treat: there’s a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a fresh juice and a Zoo-baked gingerbread.
Where: Off the Main Drive, past the Wild Sea exhibit.
If you want to grab a quick, on-budget bite and set off to explore the Zoo, the Plaza Kiosk is perfect.
The meals and snacks here are ready-to-go, and have all been freshly made on-site.
There’s a range of pies, pastries and sausage rolls from the Zoo bakery, as well as zoo wraps and sandwiches, sushi, salads, gourmet burgers, fish and chips and homemade chicken nuggets.
Sit at a table outside the Plaza, or find a spot on the lawns and enjoy the natural surrounds of the Zoo.
Where: Main entrance, Elliott Avenue.
Meerkat Manor Cafe stands just inside the Zoo entrance, overlooking the playful meerkats.
It’s a great spot to start your visit, whether you’re enjoying your first coffee of the day, or recharging your batteries over lunch.
There’s a range of pies and pastries from the Zoo bakery, as well as salads, sandwiches and sweet treats.
You can also pick up hot and cold drinks, ice-creams, chocolates, crisps and snacks.
Where: Next to the Elephant Barn (in the Trail of the Elephants).
Wander along the twisting trail of the elephants through bamboo forests and Asian village scenes to arrive at the Village Kiosk.
The menu takes its inspiration from its surrounds, serving up the authentic tastes of South East Asia.
From stir-fries and curries to Asian snack foods, the food is freshly cooked and packed with flavour. Choose from spring rolls, curry, fried rice and daily specials.
There’s also an assortment of snacks, salads, ice-creams and hot and cold drinks.
The Mek Kapah Terrace provides plenty of outdoor seating – and an ideal setting to enjoy a meal or drink before (or after) viewing the nearby elephants.
Giraffes BBQ Kiosk
Where: At the main roundabout next to Giraffes
During school holidays and other peak periods, the Giraffes BBQ is open and serving sausages and kranksys mild or chilli with onions, cheese, sauerkraut and mustard. Hot chips, snacks, ice-creams and cold drinks are also available.
Wild Dogs Cafe
Where: Towards the Railway Exit next to Wild Dogs.
During school holidays and other peak periods, you can add flavour to your day with a Mexican meal. Wild Dogs offers 100% gluten free mexican snacks. From tortillas to corn on the cob to chipotle seasoned chips. Snacks, ice-creams and cold drinks are also available.