Food and facilities

Where to eat

Visit one of our cafes or kiosks at the Zoo for a delicious sit down meal, some tasty take away or a special treat.

Enjoy a cup of coffee and something sweet from our patisserie kitchen in the morning or have lunch freshly cooked from a range of cuisines including vegan and vegetarian options at the Lakeside Café. Or try our gourmet burger, franks and loaded fries at the Giraffe Lookout Café while watching giraffes on the observation deck or head over to Elephant Kiosk for rotisserie chicken and chips.

Can I bring my own food or picnic to the zoo?

You are also most welcome to BYO picnic to the zoo. If you need to pop out to your car to get your picnic at lunchtime, make sure you let our friendly gate staff know so they can let you back into the zoo as your ticket will not work once it has been scanned.

Group catering

Arrange some tasty take-away lunch packs for group eating in style! Our pre-ordered lunch packs are a great option for groups of ten or more, as they're convenient, delicious, and stress-free. 

Lunch packs come in biodegradable lunch boxes and include a sandwich or baguette, a small salad and nuts (in the adult packs), a Zoo Bakery treat, a piece of fruit and a drink.

Simply pre-order your lunch packs and collect them from the Zoo Bakery. Then it's just a matter of spreading out on the the lawns, or at one of our many picnic tables, and enjoy lunch with a wild soundtrack.

Lunch packs must be ordered and prepaid at least seven days in advance with a minimum of ten packs per order.

Low gluten options are available on request.

Pavilion hire and picnic facilities

Hire a section of the pavilion or lawn space for your Melbourne Zoo visit! Just call 1300 966 784 to make arrangements.


  • Sheltered, standing room for up to 50 people
  • $365 between Sep-Mar
  • $275 between Apr-Jul


  • Standing room for up to 150 people
  • $275 between Sep-Mar
  • $195 between Apr-Jul
Pavilion hire