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
    • Village 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.



      The 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


      The 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


      Located 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
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      Located 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
    • The Village Market, conveniently located at the top of the escalators near the Zoo entrance, offers a variety of food, beverages, and snacks. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

      Menu Items

      svillage Chicken Tenders Basket with Fries (contains gluten, soy)
      Quarter-pound All-Beef Hot Dogs (bun contains gluten)
      French Fries (gluten and nut free, but fried in oil shared with gluten containing items)
      Hand Stretched Personal Pizza (contains gluten, dairy)
      Parfaits and Fruit Cups (available seasonally)

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


      Fresh Baked Cookies: oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip (contains nuts, gluten, dairy, egg)
      Popcorn (gluten free, nut free)
      Animal Cookies (contains soy, nut free)
      Housemade Chips
      Assorted Packaged Snacks
      Cotton Candy
      Icee: blue raspberry, cherry, orange, Mountain Dew
      Shade Grown Coffee

      Dippin' Dots (available seasonally next to Village Market)

  • Jambo Grill / Swahili Pizza / Ice Cream
    • The 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.

      Jambo Grill Menu

      Jambo Selections

      Grilled Chicken Club
      Veggie Burger
      Chicken Tenders
      Hot Dog
      French Fries

      Pizza & Deli

      Pepperoni Pizza
      Specialty Pizza
      Cheese Pizza
      Hand-Tossed Salads (Chicken Caesar, Strawberry Fields, Power Quinoa)
      Carved Sandwich
      Chicken Salad Sandwich

      Kids Meals & Beverages
      (Kids meals include a grape cup, applesauce, and animal crackers.)

      Grilled Chicken Tenders
      Peanut Butter & Jelly
      Roasted Turkey & Cheddar Wrap

      Assorted Beverages

      Swahili Pizza Menu


      Bianca Pizza (White pizza with cherry tomatos and bacon)
      Pepperoni Pizza (Signature six-cheese blend with crispy mini pepperoni)
      Swahili Pizza (Siganture six-cheese blend)
      Barbecue Chicken Fry Bowl (Pulled chicken, barbecue sauce, shredded cheddar, ranch sour cream)
      Highland Park Fry Bowl (Fresh cut fries with cheese sauce, bacon crumbles, and ranch sour cream)
      Brisket Chili Cheese Fries
      Cheese Fries
      Sea Salt Fries

      Kids Meals
      (Includes yogurt, applesauce, and animal crackers.) 
      Choice of:
      Uncrustable Peanut Butter and Jelly
      Roasted Turkey and Cheese on Goldfish Bread

      Assorted Beverages


      Fresh Cut Fries
      Starbucks® Bottled Beverages
      Fresh Baked Cookies: oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip: (contains nuts, gluten, egg, dairy)
      Barnum’s Animals® Crackers (nut free)
      Fruit Punch
      Iced Tea
      Shade-Grown Coffee
      Hot Cocoa (seasonal)
      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 Floats

      Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Arctic Express
    • Snacks

      Walking Tacos (Choice of Tositos® or Doritos® with taco beef, nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream, and lettuce)
      Soft Pretzels
      Side of Nacho Cheese
      Cotton Candy


      Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
      Fresh Squeezed Half & Half
      Bottled Water
      Pepsi Soft Drinks 

  • Animal Connections
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      The 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. 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
      Kids Meal
      Potato Chips
      Soft Pretzels
      Cotton Candy
      ICEE drinks
      Souvenir Ice Cream Float
      Fruit Cups
      Buttered Popcorn
      Animal Cookies
      Assorted Packaged Snacks
      Assorted Beverages
      Soft Serve Cones, flavors: chocolate, vanilla, twist

      Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.