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Where to eat

We have two cafés which offer a wide range of hot and cold food, snacks and drinks. Our catering facilities are operated by Amadeus. Debit and credit card facilities are available.

The Lion’s Den Restaurant

The Lion’s Den Restaurant is located near the zoo entrance. Call by at your feeding time or to warm up with a hot meal. 

Opening hours Hot food will finish one hour before closing time. 
1 April - 30 Sept Daily 10am - 6pm
1 Oct -  31 March Daily 10am-4pm


The Treetop Tearoom

The Treetop Tearoom is located at the very top of our Cave Hill site. It is the perfect spot to stop for a snack and a refreshing drink. A limited hot menu is available. Relax and admire the panoramic views of Belfast Lough as well as Bora and Indera, our Malayan sun bears

Opening hours Hot food will finish one hour before closing time.
1 April - 30 Sept Daily                                 11am - 6pm
1 Oct - 31 March  Closed                          (open on selected weekends, 11am - 4pm)

Debit and credit card facilities are available. 

Vending machines

We have vending machines in the visitor centre. You can buy drinks, confectionery and crisps before you begin your Belfast Zoo adventure. 

Picnic areas 

With the stunning setting of Cave Hill and spectacular views of Belfast, it is the perfect place for a picnic. Whatever the weather it is fun to eat outdoors and there are lots of picnic areas available. You can purchase ‘grab and go’ meals from the zoo’s cafes to enjoy in the picnics areas.

We kindly ask that visitors put their rubbish in bins which are located around the zoo site.



Our catering facilities (the Lion’s Den Restaurant and the Treetop Tearoom) are operated by our catering partner, Amadeus Food Ltd. Amadeus follow legal food safety protocols and provide consumer information and advice on allergens in the catering facilities. 

If you have any specific dietary or allergy requirements, contact us prior to your visit or speak to a member of the team on the day who will be happy to advise and provide you with help and advice. 

Animal areas

Although animals are usually fed at distance from the public, the produce we feed our animals may contain human allergens including nuts. 

Visitor refreshments

As visitors are permitted to bring their own food into the zoo, providing an allergen-free environment is not possible. Visitors are asked to place any rubbish in bins provided throughout the zoo.

More information

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Belfast Zoo opening times
Find out about our opening hours.