20 brilliant vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Beijing

Vegetarian, vegan or just fancy something different? We've got you covered

Vegetarian in Beijing? You're not alone. Despite China's bad rap when it comes to meat-free dining (mince pork as a garnish, anyone?), vegetarianism has a longstanding history in certain parts of Chinese society, with roots tracing back to ancient Buddhism and Taoism.

Still, finding the best vegetarian restaurants in Beijing can be a challenge. That's why we've compiled a list of our favourite veggie, vegan and veggie-friendly restaurants in the city. With so many different styles of vegetarian restaurants in Beijing on offer, even the most die-hard of carnivores may just consider taking a night off.

Vegetarian

Blossom Vegetarian (花开素食)

Perched on a busy corner of Dongzhimennei Dajie, the two-storey Blossom Vegetarian cuts an imposing figure that’s hard to miss. Inside, bamboo trellises and lotus-shaped lamps create a peaceful sanctum – even menus arrive on iPads, as if the rustle of paper would be too great a disturbance to the atmosphere. 

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144 Dongzhimennei Dajie (Dongzhimen, Dongcheng)

Feast

With its striking curved rafters, live classical music and attentive service, this cavernous CBD establishment caters to Beijing’s oft-neglected vegetarian fine diners, specialising in elegant, meat-free banqueting. Clocking in at roughly 500 to 700RMB per head, sip on a chilled glass of black ...

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93 Jianguo Lu (next to Wanda Plaza) (CBD, Chaoyang)

King's Joy (京兆尹)

Situated in the shadow of Yonghegong Lama Temple, it’s perhaps unsurprising that this Beijing stalwart serves up exclusively vegetarian fare – though thankfully not the strict, monastic version that prohibits the use of aromatic ingredients such as onions, chives and garlic. Widely regarded as ...

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2 Wudaoying Hutong (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

Lin's Dining Lounge (霖舍)

This elegant restaurant located on the second floor of the New Grand Dynasty Hotel draws a reliable lunchtime crowd of office workers thanks to its sleek, semi-private booths and equally sleek food. Lin’s is one of the few restaurants bringing modern flair to Chinese vegetarian cuisine, with ...

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58 Maizidian Jie (Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang)

Lotus (莲花空间)

Located in China World Mall, Lotus serves up vegetarian versions of classic Chinese cuisine alongside requisite views of the CBD's stunning city skyline (is a restaurant even in China World Mall if it doesn't have a view of the CCTV building?). Diners can enjoy the likes of soft tofu in pumpkin ...

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1 Jianguomenwai Dajie (CBD, Chaoyang)

Tianchu Miaoxiang (天厨妙香素食馆)

There’s always a buzz when you enter a fully packed dining room, and that's what Tianchu Miaoxiang is on most days. Located near the south gate of Tsinghua University (there’s also a second location in Chaowai SOHO), lunchtime sees a mix of students and dayworkers flock to this Wudaokou ...

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1 Zhongguancun Dong Lu (Wudaokou, Haidian)

The Veggie Table (吃素的)

A popular dining option thanks to its flavourful, Middle Eastern-inspired fusion cuisine, subsequent visits to long-running favourite The Veggie Table have since revealed the recent inclusion of dairy products in a few of their dishes – bumping the Wudaoying Hutong eatery from vegan to ...

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19 Wudaoying Hutong (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

Vegan

Bestease (百易素食)

Specialising in hand-pulled noodles, this down-to-earth Chinese chain offers super affordable, satisfying riffs on all your favourite Chinese noodle dishes such as zhajiangmian, tomato noodles, liangpi and more. The house special here, however, is the Bestease lamian (12-20RMB), a comforting, ...

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9 Jiqing Li Chaowai Bei Jie (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Root Pop

Health food visionary Brandon Trowbridge's café offers vegan riffs on North American diner fare, including burgers, hot dogs and nachos. Root Pop's Shuangjing café has since closed, but its food lives on at Bruno Caffe's across the city. Click the listing to find the closest one near you.

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3-22 Baiziwan Lu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Vegan Hut (维根蔬谷)

Another long-time favourite, Vegan Hut, as its name suggests, doles up casual, tasty vegan eats within its laid-back, sunlit confines. With a menu offering up both Western and Asian cuisine, diners can find vegetarian roast mutton, spring rolls, pancakes, dumplings and more.

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Henghui Dong Lu (CBD, Chaoyang)

Vege'ology (暖蔬)

Decked out with luridly green walls and a faux shrubbery façade (not to mention an actual living indoor tree), this Sanyuanqiao hole-in-the-wall practically wears its plant-based mission on its sleeve. Noodles are the name of the game here, and Vege’ology serves up a refreshingly restrained ...

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35 Xiaoyun Lu (opposite the southeast gate of Yuanyang Xinganxian) (Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang)

Vege Tiger (素虎净素)

Chinese chain Vege Tiger has long played a key role in Beijing's dining scene thanks to its highly affordable, all-vegan, all-day buffet. For just 51RMB per person (children are 26RMB, people over the age of 60 are 39RMB), diners can help themselves to an almost overwhelming selection of vegan ...

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18 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

ZeroGo (环球健康蔬食)

We’re not entirely sure what the story is behind this cheery vegan café’s name, but we definitely recommend the opposite of zero-going. Despite its location in a particularly isolated corner of Wangjing, ZeroGo is worth making the trek to with its tasty Western eats and uncompromising set of ...

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Yuan’an Lu (Wangjing, Chaoyang)

Veggie-friendly

Arrow Factory Brewing

Liangmaqiao brewpub Arrow Factory has been serving up tasty brews and food (including traditional roast lunches) for a while now, but a fairly recent menu overhaul in collaboration with Vineyard Café now sees a whole gamut of excellent vegan and vegetarian options join its ranks. Vegan punters ...

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Liangmahe Nan Lu (Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang)

Avocado Tree (Sanlitun)

This fast-food chain, now with five branches across Beijing, bears an uncanny resemblance to US Tex-Mex chain Chipotle. Serving up grain bowls, wraps and burritos, vegetarians and vegans alike are easily catered to with their range of pick-your-own toppings and array of meat- and dairy-free options.

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Sanlitun Nan Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Gung Ho! Pizza (Sanlitun)

In the eight years since Gung Ho! Pizza first burst onto Beijing's dining scene, it's steadily carved out a rep for its wholesome, and fittingly, gung-ho, take on pizzas. The brainchild of Kiwi natives Jade Gray and John O'Loghlen, the Sanlitun pizzeria offers up signature pizza doughs (whole ...

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2 Gongti Dong Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Moka Bros (Sanlitun)

Critics' pick

An indispensable part of Beijing brunch culture, café chain Moka Bros serves up a variety of wholesome bites, ranging from power bowls and soups, to sandwiches and waffles. Try the smoked tofu banh mi (60RMB) with its punchy combination of smoked tofu, hummus, pickled veggies, coriander and ...

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Nooxo (育膳房店)

Chunxiu Lu’s food court Yu may be a confused mélange of premium (Canvas) and passable (Mr Shi’s) food and beverage outlets, but it’s more than worth visiting for the refreshingly inclusive approach to nutritious eating at Nooxo. Colombian native Jairo Jimenez (Jay) and his team run a simple ...

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1 Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Side Street

Taking over where Ron Mexico used to call home, relative newcomer Side Street could have easily gone down the tried-and-tested route of standard, bar-friendly fare, but its creative menu instead sees Western, Indian and Mexican flavours collide in a variety of hearty vegetarian, vegan and ...

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113-2 Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie (Beixinqiao, Dongcheng)

Tribe (Sanlitun)

Another dependable Beijing staple, Tribe offers up a range of vegetarian and vegan options on both its regular and seasonal menus, including pizza, sandwiches, wraps and grain bowls. Vegan highlights include the All-In Smoked Tofu Grain Bowl, Tenacious Tofu Voodle Ramen and Vegan's Delight Wrap.

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2 Gongti Dong Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

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