Where to eat
Melbourne Zoo is currently undergoing an exciting refurbishment to our Village and Plaza Kiosk outlets. We apologise for any inconvenience to you and we are taking steps to ensure plenty of catering options are available.
Opening hours for all outlets have been extended and, during this period, the Lakeside Bistro will offer a take away and eat in menu. There are still plenty of eating options available, from a choice of eat in or take away from the Lakeside Bistro, fresh bakery produce made from the Zoo Bakery, a kransky and chips overlooking the giraffes and zebras and our new Wild Dogs Cafe.
Lakeside Bistro (currently operating as an eat in or take away outlet whilst Plaza Take-away is closed for refurbishment)
Where: Next to the Japanese Garden and lake.
The Lakeside Bistro currently offers a temporary menu offering whilst the Plaza Kiosk is being refurbished.
You are welcome to eat in or take away with both indoor and outdoor seating available. A family friendly menu remains which includes handmade burgers, fish and chips, nuggets, sandwiches, desserts and salads. And there is a range of desserts designed to tempt small stomachs (and large ones).
If you’re after something to drink, coffee, hot chocolate, and a range of carefully picked wines and beers, are available.
Where: Next to the Lakeside Bistro.
No other Zoo in Australia has a bakery on site! The Zoo Bakery offers 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.
Why not get the kids’ Zooperman lunch pack that combines a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a fresh juice and a Zoo-baked gingerbread?
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are muffins, fairy cakes, cookies and other treats to take away. Also available are hot or cold drinks, ice creams and snacks.
And don't forget to get a freshly baked loaf of bread on your way home.
Plaza Take-Away (Sorry this outlet is currently closed for refurbishment)
Where: Opposite Lakeside Bistro.
If you want to grab a quick, on-budget bite, the Plaza Kiosk is perfect.
There’s fish and chips, burgers, chicken nuggets as well as sandwiches, sushi and salads. Ice creams, cold drinks and snacks are also available.
Sit at a table outside the Plaza, or find a spot on the lawns and enjoy the natural surrounds of the Zoo.
Meerkat Manor Cafe
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 coffee or tea, and cold drinks from Schweppes, ice-creams from Streets and a variety of snacks.
Elephant Village Cafe
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 Elephant Village Cafe.
The menu takes its inspiration from its surrounds, serving up the authentic tastes of South East Asia. From stir-fries and noodles to Asian snack foods, the food is freshly cooked and packed with flavour. Choose from chips, dim sims, spring rolls, noodles, fried rice and daily specials.
There’s also an assortment of salads, kids sandwiches, Streets ice-creams, hot coffee and tea and a range of refreshing drinks from Schweppes.
Outdoor seating is available – what an ideal setting to enjoy a meal or drink before (or after) viewing the nearby elephants.
Giraffe Lookout Cafe
Where: At the main roundabout next to the Giraffes
With an elevated viewing area, Giraffe Lookout Cafe is the perfect location to enjoy something to eat or drink whilst you enjoy a view of our beautiful giraffes and zebras.
Open in the morning, coffee or tea, bakery treats, fruit salads and yoghurts are available.
From mid-morning the outlet starts to sizzle up and turns into a BBQ inspired lunch serving sausages and mild or chilli kranksys with onions, cheese and mustard. Hot chips, sandwiches and grilled specials for vegetarians and gluten free are also available.
And in the afternoon, grab a drink or ice cream and get a prime spot on viewing deck just in time for the Giraffe Keeper Talk starting at 1.30pm.
Wild Dogs Cafe
Where: Railway Entrance
A perfect way to start your day with a coffee, tea or breakfast snack, or grab a lunch time pastry or sandwich to eat under the shade of the beautiful European Ash tree or to sit on our beautiful lawns.
And what better place is there to grab that ice cream, drink or snack? Let the kids run and play whilst you relax and enjoy a refreshing moment at this tranquil outdoor setting.