Taronga Zoo offers a selection of fresh seasonal food and beverage options to suit everyone. The Zoo’s lawns, with their panoramic views, are perfect for picnics. If you would prefer to pick up food on-site, the Zoo offers a variety of options from Taronga Piazza at the Zoo’s main entrance, The View restaurant or a range of food and refreshment outlets.
Overlooking Sydney harbour, The View is not only Taronga’s first a la carte restaurant but is also the first Marine Steward Council (MSC) certified restaurant in Australia. Designed by RA’s executive chef Sebastien Lutaud, The View’s menu offers both light meal options such as MSC smoked Cod croquettes and more substantial options like MSC scallop carpaccio or beef Brisket with Greens and Carrot.
All of our seafood has been sourced from fisheries that promote and support the MSC guidelines for sustainable fishing practices.
The View is open from 10am - 4pm for Lavazza coffees and refreshments with lunch available from 11.30am. This space is also available for private bookings. Please contact the Taronga Centre on 02 9969 2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Taronga Piazza inspired by Giovanni Pilu
You can’t beat the smell of freshly-baked muffins first thing in the morning – especially when they are taken out of the oven on their trays and sold still warm at the counter.
A team effort between Taronga and Restaurant Associates saw Giovanni Pilu (of the two-hatted restaurant Pilu at Freshwater) help establish the new café at Taronga’s main entrance, and Taronga Piazza was born.
Begin your day with a Lavazza coffee and a delicious free-range egg, pancetta and tomato panino (the Italian version of a bacon & egg roll) or go healthy and enjoy the fresh fruit salad with organic yoghurt and honey. Spoil your children with our specialty made Baby Chinos while you sit back and study the zoo map to plan your day ahead. For lunch it’s the salt-baked salmon salad whilst sipping a fine Italian Pinot Grigio and watching the Tree Kangaroo in a nearby gum tree or the peacock that strolls by the cafe.
Open from 9am, Taronga Piazza serves not just the Zoo patrons, but locals too who use the 90 minutes free parking. As it’s at the Zoo’s Main Entrance, there is no need to pay any admission fee. Taronga Piazza is open before Taronga Zoo’s opening hours, and access to lockers, restrooms, ATM and children’s play area are available.
Taronga Food Market
Located in the heart of Taronga Zoo, the Taronga Food Market has just undergone a major refurbishment and has reopened its doors as a complete shop and go experience.
Explore the Asian-inspired food market and try signature dishes such as The Big Schnitz burger and the shredded pork or pulled beef chipotle burritos. Watch the Asian Elephants while you enjoy your lunch or create your own picnic to eat in the many seating areas around the zoo grounds.
The Taronga Food Market is open from 10.30am, with the Baker and Coffee maker outlet open from 9.30am to start your day.
The Fish Stop Cafe Takeaway
The Fish Stop Cafe Takeaway is Australia’s first cafe certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and is a sustainable fish-and-chip takeaway serving seafood and bakery products.
Conveniently located next to Backyard to Bush and Cafe Harbourview, the Concert Lawns overlook the stunning views of Sydney Harbour providing a picturesque location for a picnic at Taronga Zoo.
Sit back, relax and indulge in the views whilst enjoying your picnic lunch!
Our Concert Lawns often host concerts, including the Twilight at Taronga series and are also a perfect location for family days.
A shady and quiet location with peaceful surrounds, the Wollemi Lawns is another ideal spot for a picnic in the Zoo.
The Wollemi Lawns are located next to the Tasmanian Devil exhibit.
The View is also nearby and there are plenty of picnic tables and space to sit and relax.
One of the truly unique aspects of Taronga Zoo is its uninterrupted views of Sydney harbour which are on show from this three-tiered lawn. Find the Soden Lawns by following the path down past the condors behind the Rainforest Trail.