Guangzhou Vegetarian Restaurants

Yuexiu District

1. Bodhi Amrita Restaurant

The dishes made by the restaurant have retained the essence of traditional vegetarian dishes, as well as having the style of fashionable dishes. Good in color, smell and taste, the dishes are also incredibly fresh and nutritious. It is said that all of the ingredients are from natural plants, without any coloring matters or preservatives. The restaurant has more than 300 dishes and over 80 kinds of buffets and vegetarian takeaway foods.

  • Chinese name: 菩提甘露坊 Puti Ganlu Fang
  • Recommended dishes: "eight-treasures" soup (八宝汤), dioscoreae (yam) soup cooked with pumpkin (南瓜淮山羹),fried hericium erinaceus (mushrooms) (猴头菇), various fried vegetable slices steamed in bean curd skin (布袋禅机), sweet-scented cake made from osmanthus and medlar (桂花杞子糕), eggplant slices cooked with lemon (柠檬茄荚), crispy durian cake (榴莲酥), various fried vegetarian foods steamed in bean curd skin (佛法蒲团), pastry made from sticky rice, green tea and fruit (绿茶水果薄撑), fried black fungus and asparagus granules stuffed in a steamed hollow pumpkin (佛光普照)
  • Average price per person: 42 yuan
  • Address: Inside the Guangxiao Temple, 177 Zhubei Road, Yuexiu District 越秀区海珠北路 177 号光孝寺内
  • Tel: 020-88901279 or 020-81096881
  • Opening hours: 9am – 10pm
  • Transportation: Take Summit Express Subway 1, 74, 85, 88, 102, 104, 107, 193, 233, 250, 286, 527 or Tourism Line 1.
  • Special services: Free parking and a swiping card facility is available.

2. Big Buddha Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

This is a restaurant that emphasizes the atmosphere of Buddhism. You will find the staff members there bareheaded and dressed as monks, seeming like real monks in temples. Also, every time you order some dishes, they will say, “Amitabha!” And when you pay the bill they will say, “You have cultivated merits and virtues”. In addition, the appearance of the dishes looks very nice and will easily arouse one’s appetite. And the dishes may even have the same flavors as meat or fish. The only drawback is that some of the dishes are too oily.

  • Chinese name: 大佛寺素食阁 Dafosi Sushi Ge
  • Recommended dishes: “eight-treasures” soup (八宝汤), longevity noodles (长寿面), white mushrooms and dried mushrooms cooked on iron plates (铁板双菇), sweet and sour “pork” (咕咾肉), “bacon” tofu (培根豆腐), dry-fried noodles (干烧伊面), braised eggplant (茄子煲), vegetarian roast “duck” (斋烧鸭), fried black fungus and asparagus granules stuffed in a steamed hollow pumpkin (佛光普照)
  • Average price per person: 48 yuan
  • Address: Floor 3 of the Big Buddha Temple, 27 Xihu Road, Yuexiu District 越秀区西湖路27号大佛寺内3楼
  • Tel: 020-83302126
  • Opening hours: 11am – 8.30pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 1, 1 (regular bus), 1 (night bus), 3, 8 (night bus) 10, 32 (night bus), 36 (night bus), 39 (night bus), 66, 66 (Shihu regular bus), 69 (night bus), 183, 190, 219, 236, 541, 544, B8 and get off at the intersection of Beijing Road (北京路口), and then walk about 230 meters.
  • Special services: Free parking and a swiping card facility is available.

Liwan District

1. Buddha Predestined Vegetarian Restaurant

The vegetarian dishes there are made pretty exquisitely and are of great verisimilitude. Both the boss and the staff members there embody fairly nice attitudes. The dishes are a bit expensive, but occasional patronization can make you feel temporarily secluded from the rip-roaring city life.
  • Chinese name: 佛有缘素食馆 Fo Youyuan Sushi Guan
  • Recommended dishes: stewed vegetarian “prawns” (美极素大虾), purple yam cooked in coconut juice (椰汁香芋), eighteen kinds of vegetarian foods cooked with extra care (罗汉斋), vegetarian roast “goose” (斋烧鹅), sweet and sour “ribs” of Guangdong style (生炒骨), roast “suckling pig” (乳猪拼盘), “beef” hot pot (肥牛)
  • Kindly reminder: The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 44 yuan
  • Address: 1 Fu’er Road, Xingfuxin Village, Liwan Road, Liwan District 荔湾区荔湾路幸福新村福儿路1号
  • Tel: 020-81250619, 020-81250428
  • Opening hours: 7am – 10pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 11 (night bus), 15, 30 (night bus), 37 (Summit Express and one-way traffic), 52, 55, 59 (night bus),88, 105, 114, 133, 196, 231, 260, 268, 275, 413, 530, 555 or 705 and get off at Lipu Road (荔浦路) and then walk about 40 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available.

2. Xilai Youyuan Vegetarian Restaurant

Being meat-like or fish-like, being nourishing and being characteristic of Zen, are the three themes of the vegetarian food served in the restaurant. With a quiet and peaceful environment, the restaurant can make you feel calm. Usually the food portions are sufficient enough for one to eat his or her fill.

  • Chinese name: 西来有缘素食馆 Xilai Youyuan Sushi Guan
  • Recommended dishes: angelica sinensis soup stewed with Tremella aurantialba Bandoni et Zang (金冬草炖黄耳),fragrant fried turnip cake (香煎萝卜糕), braised “pork” and taro (香芋扣肉), milk cooked with ginger juice (姜撞奶), spiced rice (肉燥炒饭), vegetarian cakes with taro flavor (罗汉芋香糕), “precious six-blessing” assorted cold dishes (made with vegetarian “sea cucumber”, “pig tribe”, “chitterlings”, roast “pork”, roast “goose” and dried mushrooms) (珍品六福拼盘)
  • Kindly reminder: The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 46 yuan
  • Address: Floor 2 of Shanghai South Station, 399 Lao Hu Min Road, Liwan District 徐汇区老沪闵路 399号上海南站内2楼
  • Tel: 020-31022522 or 15817171128
  • Opening hours: 8am – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm
  • Transportation: 1) Take Bus 2, 3, 5 (night bus), 6, 33 (night bus), 61 or 82 and get off at the intersection of Changshou Xikangwang Road (长寿西康王路口) and then walk about 30 meters; 2) Take Bus 3 (night bus), 3 (Summit Express), 16 (Summit Express), 17, 17 (short line), 18 (Summit Express), 45 (night bus), 114, 125a, 125, 180, 181, 205, 226, 238, 251, 288a, 288, 297, 521 or and get off at the Hualin Temple (华林寺) and then walk about 40 meters.
  • Special services: Takeaway dishes can be sent, and afternoon tea is provided.

Haizhu District

1. Fountain of Life

The restaurant mainly serves healthy vegetarian food. The environment shows a style of pastoralism, the color of reseda being the main key. And an atmosphere of Buddhism is all around the restaurant. All of these give people a sense of feeling refreshed and relaxed. In addition, the restaurant gives away books and discs on Buddhist sutras when you are leaving. The price may be a bit high and some dishes’ serving speed may be a little slow. A tip you should keep in mind is that on the first day or fifteenth day of every lunar month, the restaurant is usually crowded, so ordering in advance is suggested.

  • Chinese name: 生机树健康素食 Shengji Shu Sushi
  • Recommended dishes: thick pumpkin soup (南瓜羹), oat buns (燕麦包), fried milk (炸牛奶), crab-flavor “fish” (赛螃蟹), rice fried with cedrela sinensis (香椿炒饭), spaghetti (意粉) , hand rolled alfalfa sprouts (苜宿芽手卷), assorted marinated “meat” (卤水拼盘), vegetarian “chicken” with the scent of lotus roots (荷香素鸡)
  • Kindly reminder: The “meat” and “fish” dishes are all made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 51 yuan
  • Address: Floor 3 of Guang Bai Xin Yi Cheng, 498 Bao Gang Road, Haizhu District海珠区宝岗大道498号广百新一城 3楼
  • Tel: 020-84392338
  • Opening hours: 11.30am – 2pm; 5.30pm – 9pm
  • Transportation: 1) Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Jiangnan West Station; 2)Take Bus 226, 285, 811, 91, 244, 244A, 244S, 250, 527, 530 or 270 and get off at Jiangnan New Village (江南新村), and then walk about 50 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available, wireless Internet is provided, and parking is free.

2. Tianshui Kitchen

The restaurant serves plentiful vegetarian dishes. It enjoys a quiet and peaceful environment. It has been reviewed by some customers that the portions of the dishes are a bit small and the price is a little high. Also, the serving speed is sometimes a little slow, so ordering meals in advance is suggested. The cakes there are especially recommended, for they are purely vegetarian as well as being delicious cakes, the main ingredients of which are chocolate, walnuts and raisins.

  • Chinese name: 天水私厨 Tian Shui Si Chu
  • Recommended dishes: pearl-shaped pastry (珍珠丸子), cakes (蛋糕), stuffed bean curd (酿豆腐), fragrant taro pot (香芋锅), lotus root cooked with peanuts (花生莲藕), organic cabbage mustard (有机芥兰), carrot pottage (胡萝卜浓汤), fried rice (炒饭)
  • Average price per person: 79 yuan
  • Address: Room 104, Building 622, 135 New Gangxi Road, West District of Zhongshan University, Haizhu District 海珠区新港西路135号中山大学西区622栋104房
  • Tel: 13580470717
  • Transportation: Take Bus 14, 69, 80, 188, 206, 208, 211, 226, 250, 263, 264, 270 or 565 and get off at Provincial Rongjun Hospital (省荣军医院站), and then walk about 66 meters.
  • Special services: Wireless Internet is provided.

Tianhe District

1. Yi Xin Vegetarian Restaurant Zhongtai International Square Branch

With antique beauty, the environment there can make you feel a sense of quietness and peace. You can appreciate many initiative dishes there, having all kinds of flavors. But many dishes may be too oily. In addition, the food is affordable and the food portions are enough for one to be adequately fed. The restaurant can get very crowded but the serving speed of the dishes is fast.

  • Chinese name: 怡新素食 (中泰广场店) Yi Xin Sushi
  • Recommended dishes: crab-flavor “fish” (赛螃蟹), yuba cooked with Chinese chestnuts (腐竹烧板栗),West Lake vegetarian bouillon (西湖素肉羹), thick pumpkin soup (南瓜羹), cakes made from sweet rice flour and green tea (绿茶薄撑), fried rice with mixed nuts (五仁饭), vegetarian buns (菜包), “bouilli” (红烧肉), boiled “chicken” with a sauce (白切鸡)
  • Kindly reminder: All of the “meat” and “fish” dishes are made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 55 yuan
  • Address: Floor 4 of Zhongtai International Square, 161 Linhexi Road, Tianhe District 天河区林和西路161号中泰国际广场4楼
  • Tel: 020-38310703
  • Opening hours: 11am – 10pm
  • Transportation: 1) Take the subway and get off at Exit B of Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州火车东站B出口); 2) Take Bus 15 (night bus), 17 (night bus), 28 (night bus), 41 (short line), 43, 45, 62, 122, 122A, 175, 183, 185, 195, 209, 214, 233, 256, 263, 283 or 302A and get off at the Master Station of Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站总站).
  • Special services: Parking is free, a swiping card facility is available and wireless Internet is provided.

Yi Xin Vegetarian Restaurant Dongshan Branch 怡新素食

  • Recommended dishes: longan and red jujube tea (桂圆红枣茶), “eight treasures” soup (八宝汤),boiled “fish” with pickled cabbage and chili (酸菜鱼), rice fried with cedrela sinensis (香椿炒饭), green tea cakes (绿茶饼)
  • Kindly reminder: All of the “meat” and “fish” dishes are made from vegetarian ingredients.
  • Average price per person: 43 yuan
  • Address: Floor 3 of Huagong Mansion, 808 Dongfeng East Road, Yuexiu District 越秀区东风东路808号华宫大厦3楼
  • Tel: 021-39497404 021-52280693
  • Opening hours: 11am – 9:30pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 2, 18 (night bus), 27, 36 (night bus), 38 (night bus), 54, 56, 62, 62a, 185, 189, 204, 261, 283, 283 (regular bus), 284, 293, 305, 517, 518, 542, 550, B4, B4a, B4 (express and one-way traffic) and get off at Dongjun Square (东峻广场) and then walk about 40 meters.
  • Special services: A swiping card facility is available, wireless Internet is accessible, and afternoon tea is provided.

2. Putianyuan Vegetarian Restaurant

You will be surrounded by an atmosphere of peace in the plain but quiet and secluded environment there. The restaurant combines Chinese-style and Western-style vegetarian dishes together, which are purely handmade dishes. In the spring and summer, self-serviced fruit and salad is provided, while in the autumn and winter, a self-serviced nourishing syrup is available.

  • Chinese name: 普天缘素食 Putianyuan Sushi
  • Recommended dishes: healthy soup (保健汤), mushrooms and fungus cooked in bean curd skin ( 法海蒲团),boletes (mushrooms) cooked with teriyaki sauce (日烧牛肝菌), “fish bass” in bamboo sticks (上上签), fried vegetarian buns (煎素菜包), sour and hot dumplings (酸辣饺子), braised burdock (红烧味蒡), fragrant crisp rolls (香荔酥卷), eggplants stewed with die Peperoli (尖椒烩茄子), charcoal-roasted “pork” (碳烧卤玉), crab-flavor “fish” (赛螃蟹)
  • Average price per person: 46 yuan
  • Address: Floor 2 of Tianhehui Sports Mall, Tianhe Street, Tianhe District 天河区天河直街天河汇运动商城2楼
  • Tel: 020-22023068
  • Opening hours: 11am – 2:30pm; 5pm – 9:30pm
  • Transportation: Take Bus 122a, 122, 133, 136, 183, 185, 191, 209, 256, 504, 508 (express), 540, 547, 6, 804a, 841, B16, 28 (night bus), 74 (night bus), 15 (Summit Express), 37 (Summit Express and one-way traffic) or 49 (Summit Express and one-way traffic) and get off at Times Square (时代广场) and then walk about 200 meters.
  • Special services: Parking is free, a swiping card facility is available, and wireless Internet is accessible.

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