The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Beijing

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Fran Lu

It’s fair to say China hasn’t typically been considered a purveyor of world-famous veggie cuisine. However, the capital city runs roughshod over that reputation these days, with a glut of restaurants that cater to vegetarian and vegan travellers. This is Culture Trip’s line-up of the best meat-free eats in Beijing.

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Tianchu Miaoxiang

Tianchu Miaoxiang is a well-established vegetarian restaurant in Beijing. Like similar establishments, this veggie locale embeds Buddhist elements into its decoration – a smart move since a large proportion of Chinese vegetarians practice Buddhism. Thus, the restaurant possesses a calming ambience. As for the food, those with varied levels of spice tolerance will find something to suit them here.

King’s Joy is at the top when it comes to vegan restaurants in Beijing. From its menu packed with vegetable and mock-meat dishes to the atmospheric courtyard space dotted with bamboo plants, everything about King’s Joy is worthy of a trip. For those who frown at the complicated names of Chinese dishes, there’s a seasonal set menu. King’s Joy also offers Chinese afternoon tea.

Blossom Vegetarian

Blossom Vegetarian is one of the best restaurants in Beijing for serving veggie-friendly versions of signature dishes from around the world. Guests can indulge in a portion of the vegetarian Spanish paella, Mexican cheese and veg tortilla, beef wellington and griddle-cooked bamboo shoots. Besides, it is perhaps the only place in Beijing that provides vegetarian foie gras.

The Veggie Table

Different from the majority of Beijing’s vegetarian and vegan restaurants, which typically feature a Buddhist theme and Chinese cuisine, The Veggie Table focuses on European and Middle Eastern food, making it a regular haunt for the city’s expats. It also has Beijing’s best hummus and veggie burger. What’s more, the restaurant uses organic ingredients when possible and has become a pick-up point for community-supported agriculture members to collect local organic produce.

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