Baihe – Located in a stunning garden in Beijing, this vegetarian restaurant is a favourite of Akila from The Road Forks. Akila says “While every dish we tried was wonderful, we particularly recommend the vegetarian Peking duck, a mock meat dish that was basted in an orange sauce and cooked to a beautiful crisp. It was served on a plate sliced to resemble traditional Peking duck.”
Caoyuan Hutong Jia 23, Bei Xiaojie, Dongzhimen Nei, Dongcheng
Pure Lotus – Run by Buddhist monks, this upscale vegetarian restaurant has two locations, each a peaceful haven in busy Beijing. Turning classic dishes into divine vegetarian versions, it can be hard to decide what to order, but the staff speak English, so ask for a suggestion. It’s pricier than most vegetarian restaurants in China, but well worth the extra cost.
Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District and 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District
Vegetarian Lifestyle – Also known as Jujube Tree, this seems to be one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Shanghai, due it’s delicious mock-meat dishes, great prices and cleanliness. Ingredients are mostly organic in this light and tasty cuisine. Choose from three locations, all with English menus and friendly staff. As a bonus it is also a non-smoking restaurant, which can be hard to find in China. Try the sweet and sour vegetarian pork.
258 Fengxian Rd, Jing'an, and 848 Huangjin Cheng Dao, near Shuicheng Nan and 77 Songshan Rd, Luwan
Jen Dow – As a vegetarian I am used to having only a couple of things to choose from on a menu. When I go to a vegetarian restaurant it can be a little bamboozling deciding from a whole menu. Jen Dow goes even further with a buffet of hundreds of vegetarian dishes, both Western and Asian. Each is labelled in both English and Chinese and advises which dishes include dairy, eggs or alcohol. Spread over four floors, with the buffet on the third, there is also a vegetarian café if the buffet is just too much.
2787 Longhua Rd, Shanghai
Kush – Specialising in burgers, wraps and salads, this minimalist vegetarian café uses mostly organic ingredients. Try the orzo salad, the tasty spicy tofu burger or one of the excellent wraps. 98 Yanping Lu
Vegetarian Lifestyle – There is a branch of Shanghai’s most popular vegetarian restaurant (see above) in Kunming.
4F, 27 Qing Long Jie Qing Yang Qu, Chengdu
Yuquanzhai – This Kunming favourite offers a good variety of Buddhist mock-meat style dishes, with a small noodle restaurant attached to side serving local specialties.
22 Yuantong Street, Kunming
Blue Page – If you want a break from the mock-meat, this lovely café serves vegetarian style western food like burgers and even apple crumble.
No. 69, Mishi Lane, Xinyi Street, Lijiang old town
Our tours of China are designed to not include most lunches and dinners so that you get an opportunity to eat in some great local restaurants. Our local guides have the low down on the best places to eat, and will recommend where you should eat and can make a reservation for you. They will also help explain you are vegetarian!