The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Beijing

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18 June 2019

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.

Tianchu Miaoxiang

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Chinese, $$$
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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.

Suhe

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Chinese, $$$
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Some vegetarians love mock meat, while others prefer fresh veggies as they are. Suhe is a great choice for the latter. Its menu features Sichuan cuisine, but dishes take inspiration from global foods – so long as the recipe retains the ingredients’ authentic flavour. The restaurant has vegetable curry, spicy chongqing noodles, and also provides quinoa vegetable salad for clean-eating enthusiasts.

King’s Joy

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Chinese, Vegetarian, $$$
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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

Restaurant, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
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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

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, European, Vegan, $$$
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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.

Baiyi Shushi Vegetable Noodles

Restaurant, Chinese, Vegetarian, $$$
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Baiyi Shushi is a budget choice for vegetarians in Beijing, but that doesn’t mean flavour or quality is sacrificed. The restaurant is widely known for its signature snacks, such as the sunny-side-up eggs with tofu and the ji xiang shang shang qian, a recipe that looks and tastes exactly like lamb skewers but is actually made from king trumpet mushrooms. The restaurant mostly serves noodle-based dishes in large bowls, so bring an appetite!

These recommendations were updated on June 18, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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