In the heart of the zoo overlooking Gibbon Island, the Island Restaurant is the ideal place to stop for a freshly ground coffee (specially brewed for Paignton Zoo), breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.

Serving a wide range of food, including chef-made sandwiches, baguettes, paninis, hot lunches, locally made pasties and pies, homemade soup, and jacket potatoes served with a selection of homemade fillings. We also offer easy pick up lunch boxes for children. 

Open daily from 10am until half an hour before the zoo closes. Our closing times are dependent on the time of the year, please check before you visit. Hot food is available in the restaurant from midday until 3pm (often later in the holidays). There is plenty of seating inside or on sunny days, why not enjoy your meal on the lawn outside the restaurant?
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available in all of our food outlets.



hangout pizzeria

Freshly made on site, the Hangout Pizzeria offers a range of delicious pizzas that Italy would be proud of! Hangout Pizzeria now also offers a delicious range of Pasta King pasta pots too. Only open in summer months and on weekends, the Pizzeria is located next to the Avian Breeding Centre, with easy access to toilets.


The Lakeside cabin offers freshly ground coffee and delicious Westcountry ice cream. This cabin is open all year round however; it is only open on the weekends in the winter months.

Baboon Rock (seasonal)

This coffee shop and takeaway is open during our summer months and offers a range of Chunk pasties (locally and lovingly made in Ottery St Mary, Devon), freshly ground coffee, tea and hot chocolate, Westcountry ice cream and a selection of cold drinks.

Great Griller Burger Shack (seasonal)

Located next to the Jungle Fun play area with easy access to toilets, The Great Griller Burger Shack serves a range of burgers for everyone's taste. Open all Summer.

The sweet treat hut (seasonal)

Located at the main entrance of the zoo, open in the summer months, The Sweet Treat Hut serves a delicious range of ice cream, milkshakes, freshly ground coffee and delicious Westcountry ice cream.


During the summer months, keep an eye out for our mobile ice cream trolley with all of your favourite ice creams and ice lollies. Please note, this service only takes card payments.

Please note: Due to bad weather conditions or during quieter times, some of our cabins may be closed. Please check with the team for the latest opening information.

Quotes An awesome experience. The amount of free space given to the animals was very impressive Quotes