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Update January 16, 2017: The Houston Zoo is thrilled to announce a new food service partnership with Service System Associates (SSA). They are serving up new and improved, delicious options around the Zoo. On your next visit, see what’s new on the menu at Macaw, Cypress, Twiga and our other concessions.

Macaw Café

The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.

Cypress Circle

Centrally located with a great view of Duck Lake and plenty of shade, Cypress Circle offers an ever-changing menu that includes hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, snacks, desserts, sodas, a variety of beers, and frozen alcoholic beverages. There are multiple ordering areas, offerings change all the time, and there are more options on busier days.

Twiga Cafe

Visit Twiga’s spacious, cool dining room to snack on everything from hamburgers to salads to chicken tenders. Pizza, a variety of other kids’ options, and snacks like fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix, and more are also available. You can even sit outside and watch the giraffes or rhinos while you eat!

Albert & Ethel Herzstein Trading Post

Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, the Trading Post offers Dole Whips as well as a variety of other snacks and treats, including cookies, large pretzels, and popcorn. You’ll also find beverages like soda, juice and Saint Arnold beer.

Main Gift Shop

As you exit the Zoo, be sure not to miss our wild and wonderful gift shop! A vast selection of t-shirts, souvenirs, adorable stuffed animals, animal-related gifts, and items that will help you remember the memories you made at the Zoo. There is also a selection of handicrafts from our conservation partners in other countries – a portion of proceeds from all these items benefits our conservation program.

African Forest Gift Shop

After an incredible journey through the African Forest visiting chimpanzees, rhinos, and giraffes, a souvenir is the perfect thing to commemorate your visit! Find stuffed animals, fun hand puppets, and a variety of other gifts themed around animals from the continent of Africa.

Carts and Kiosks

Wherever you are in the Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, cotton candy, sodas, water, sno kones, Dippin’ Dots, Lemon Chill, and more.

Dining and Shopping Locations

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Looking for a place to dine or pick up a souvenir? The Zoo Map has those locations labeled.
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