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 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 daily jeep and wagon rentals (wheelchairs are also available for rent at no extra charge). 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
    • svillageThe 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)
      Quarter-pound all Beef Hot Dogs
      Corndogs
      French Fries
      Onion Rings
      Hand Stretched Personal Pan Pizza
      Assorted Salads, Wraps, and Parfaits (available seasonally)

      Extras: 
      Fresh Baked Cookies - oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chip
      Popcorn
      Animal Cookies
      Novelty Ice Cream
      Cotton Candy
      Icee - blue raspberry, and cherry
      Shade Grown Coffee

      Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. 
  • Safari Plaza
    • splazaThe African-themed Safari Plaza is located at the mid-point of the Zoo, making it a great place to take a break during your safari. 

      Safari Grill

      Menu Items: 

      Chicken Tenders Basket (with fries and dipping sauce)
      Flame Broiled quarter-pound Angus Burgers
      Flame Broiled Garden Burger
      Flame Broiled Chicken Breast Sandwich
      French Fries
      Onion Rings
      Chicken Caesar Salad
      Garden Salad
      Fresh Fruit
      Assorted Salads, Wraps, and Parfaits (available seasonally)
      Daily Specials

      Extras:
      Fresh Baked Cookies - oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chip
      Animal Cookies
      Fruit and Cheese Danish
      Fruit Punch
      Iced Tea
      Shade Grown Coffee
      Hot Cocoa (seasonal)

      Open year round.

      Safari Pizza Restaurant

      Menu Items:
      Hand-tossed Pizza by the slice
      Caesar Salad
      Hot Sausage Submarine Sandwiches
      Meatball Submarine Sandwiches
      Extras:
      Fruit Punch

      Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

      Safari Fries Restaurant

      Menu:
      Fresh-Cut French Fries
      Choice of:
      Hot Beef Gravy
      Hot Cheddar Cheese
      Garlic Salt
      Seasoning Salt
      Malt Vinegar
      Ranch Salt
      Extras:
      Fruit Punch
      Safari Ice Cream

      Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

      Safari Ice Cream Restaurant

      Menu:
      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
      Extras:
      Assorted Toppings 
      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)

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

      Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.