Shopping and Dining

shopanddineVisit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s premiere gift shops and dining locations where a portion of the profits helps support the Zoo’s mission of education and conservation. Bring home a tangible memory of a trip to the Zoo from one of the gift shops. Each shop carries an attractive selection of interesting and educational items with a wildlife theme that will spice up your home with an exotic flair.

The Zoo’s food service is operated and managed by Service Systems Associates (SSA), and offers a diverse array of dining options at three locations – Safari Village Restaurant, Safari Plaza, and Animal Connections Café. All restaurants offer Pepsi products including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, and Orange Slice, along with iced tea, lemonade, milk, juice, and bottled water. All restaurants also participate in the Twenty-Five to Survive program.

All shopping and dining locations accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.


  • Zoovenirs
    • voutfittersVillage Outfitters

      One of two gift shops located in the Safari Village near the entrance of the Zoo, this open-air shop features a wide selection of children's toys, plush animals, T-shirts and more. This shop is for the young and young at heart. It is a favorite shop for school groups and young families.

      Open daily, April through September, weather permitting.

  • Current
    • currentThe Current Gift Shop is located in the PPG Aquarium. This spectacular gift shop features an array of unique aquatic plush creatures, apparel, gifts, books, jewelry and toys.

      Open year-round.

  • Northwest Trading Company
    • nwtcThe Zoo's newest gift shop is located in the plaza between Water's Edge and Kids Kingdom. Whether it's a plush animal from the Water's Edge exhibit, or gear for a Northwest expedition, you'll find it here.

      Open daily, April through September, weather permitting.

  • The Safari Outpost
    • safarioutpostLocated in the Safari Village. This unique shop offers a selection of art, apparel, plush animals, jewelry, books, toys, and other fine gifts. An ATM machine, which operates from April 1 to October 31, is located at the entrance to this building.

      Open year-round.
  • Safari Wheels
    • realwheelsLocated in the Safari Village at the main entrance to the Zoo, this location primarily offers electric scooter, wheelchair, and stroller rentals. But this location serves as the gear shop, with items such as cameras, hats, sunscreen, batteries, and ponchos available.

      Open year-round, weather permitting.

  • Safari Village Restaurants
    • svillage
      The Village Restaurant, conveniently located at the top of the escalators near the Zoo entrance, offers a variety of food, beverages, and snacks.

      Menu Items: 

      Chicken Tenders Basket (with fries and dipping sauce): contains gluten, soy

      Quarter-pound all Beef Hot Dogs: bun contains gluten

      Corndogs: contains gluten, dairy, nut free

      French Fries: gluten and nut free, but fried in oil shared with gluten containing items

      Onion Rings: contains gluten

      Hand Stretched Personal Pan Pizza: contains gluten, dairy

      Assorted Salads, Wraps, and Parfaits (available seasonally)

      Fresh Baked Cookies - oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chip: contains nuts, gluten, dairy, egg

      Popcorn: gluten free, nut free

      Animal Cookies: contains soy, nut free

      Novelty Ice Cream: contains dairy, may contain nuts

      Cotton Candy

      Icee - blue raspberry, and cherry

      Shade Grown Coffee

      Peanut oil is not used in the cooking of any fried items. All oil used is vegetable oil.

      Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. 
  • Jambo Grill & Swahili Pizza
    • Jambo GrillThe African-themed Jambo Grill is located at the mid-point of the Zoo, making it a great place to take a break during your safari. Jambo Grill offers a fresh, made-to-order menu.  Located next door is Swahili Pizza, which offers several pizza variations, alongside Safari Soft Serve Restaurant.



      Fresh Baked Cookies - oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chip: contains nuts, gluten, egg, dairy

      Animal Cookies- nut free

      Fruit and Cheese Danish: contains gluten and nuts

      Fruit Punch

      Iced Tea

      Shade-Grown Coffee

      Hot Cocoa (seasonal)

      Assorted Salads, Wraps, and Parfaits (available seasonally)

      Daily Specials

      Peanut oil is not used in the cooking of any fried items. All oil used is vegetable oil.


      Open year round.


      Safari Ice Cream Restaurant


      Vanilla Soft Serve Waffle Cone

      Chocolate Soft Serve Waffle Cone

      Twist Soft Serve Waffle Cone

      Vanilla Soft Serve Kids Cake Cone

      Chocolate Soft Serve Kids Cake Cone

      Twist Soft Serve Kids Cake Cone

      Soft Serve Sundaes

      Ice cream contains dairy, cones contain gluten and are nut free.


      Assorted Toppings: sprinkles contain gluten

      Root Beer

      Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. 
  • Animal Connections
    • aconnectionsThe Animal Connections Café is located mid-way through Kids Kingdom. Animal Connections is adjacent to the walk-through Kangaroo Yard, where you can have an up-close encounter with our kangaroos and joeys. The Café offers a variety of sandwiches, pizzas, beverages, and snacks. There are plenty of covered outdoor tables and benches from which you can watch your toddlers enjoy the wonderful Animal Connections Playground. Handicap-accessible rest rooms with baby-changing stations are available. 

      Menu Items:
      Quarter-pound all Beef Hot Dogs
      Potato Chips
      Soft Pretzels
      Hand Stretched Personal Pan Pizza
      Assorted Salads, Wraps, and Parfaits (available seasonally)

      Animal Cookies
      Assorted Packaged Snacks
      Soft Serve Cones - chocolate, vanilla, and twist
      Novelty Ice Cream

      Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.