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The Houston Zoo began a food service partnership with Service System Associates (SSA) in January 2017. 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.

Fun Dining at our Food Trucks

Our chefs are constantly working to provide Zoo guests with exciting new options for refreshments. The latest addition includes themed food trucks with a variety of savory and sweet options. Visit the Masakan truck located near our jaguar habitat for Asian inspired cuisine, and our BBQ Americana trailer for smoked meats and classic sides.

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.

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.