Where to eat
Where: Next to the Japanese Garden and lake.
The Lakeside Cafe offers a family friendly menu in a relaxed, sit-down environment overlooking the beautiful Japanese Garden. There are a number of substantial meal options as well as fresh salads, sandwiches and 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 selected wines and beers, are available. The cafe also has daily Chef specials as well as a monthly bento inspired, platter or shared lunch special.
Due to floor renovations, Lakeside Cafe will be offering the Melbourne Zoo Bakery menu.
From August 14th Lakeside Cafe will reopen as usual with an Exciting New Menu!
Where: Next to the Lakeside Cafe.
No other Zoo in Australia has a bakery onsite! The Zoo Bakery offers gourmet pies, sausage rolls, pasties, 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’ a Junior Keeper Meal which is a lunch pack that combines a sandwich, a pop top drink, a piece of fruit and a Zoo Bakery cookie?
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are muffins, cookies and other treats to take away. Also available are hot or cold drinks, ice creams and snacks.
Where: Next to Macaw Exhibit.
Macaw Pizza is new to the Zoo and offers a margherita, Hawaiian, BBQ and vegetarian pizza's as well as a range of delicious scoop ice-creams!
The pizzas can bought per slice, whole pizza or even in a combo special with a drink or ice-cream scoop.
Where: Opposite Lakeside Cafe.
If you want to grab a quick, on-budget bite, the newly refurbished Macaw Takeaway is perfect.
There’s fish and chips, burgers, chicken tenderloins as well as our kids' Junior Keeeper Meals, sandwiches and salads. Ice-creams, cold drinks and snacks are also available.
Sit at a table outside 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.
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 Kiosk.
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 dumplings, 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 from 10am, 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 mild or chilli kranskies 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.
Wild Dogs Cafe is 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.