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While you might not associate Chinese cuisine with vegetarianism, there are lots of vegetarian restaurants and dishes around Beijing, and you definitely don't have to miss out just because you don't eat meat.
The main difference between vegetarian food in China and abroad is that some Chinese vegetarian restaurants will serve their dishes looking like the original meat dish, for example, a roast duck will look like a roast duck, even if the vegetarian duck is made of tofu instead of meat.
Tucked away in the north of Beijing's business district in the New Grand Dynasty Hotel, Lin's Dining Lounge combines Chinese and Western cuisines, and is fully vegetarian.
There are a lot of exciting dishes on the menu (which has English and pictures for ease of ordering), and this is a great place to ease into traditional Chinese cuisine in relaxing surroundings. You'll be able to find vegetarian versions of famous Chinese dishes, too.
Recommended dishes: stir-fried mushrooms with Japanese tofu and kungpao mushrooms, a twist on the famous kungpao chicken.
There are two kinds of dishes at Lily Vegetarian Restaurant; pure vegetarian, and vegetarian dishes that are inspired by meat dishes.
This restaurant, based in Caoyuan Hutong, is elegantly and traditionally decorated, and the staff is so kind that the restaurant is known for its great service.
Recommended dishes: pumpkin paste, multi-layered steamed bread, vegetarian “sausage” and vegetarian “chicken drumsticks.”
King's Joy is undoubtedly one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town. The dishes are made using the freshest vegetables and ingredients, generally from closeby organic farms or from the special regions they hail from.
It has been awarded a couple of awards by the local magazines for its service as well as its food, as dishes are innovative and tasty. Perfect for groups where not everyone is vegetarian too. The restaurant is conveniently located close to Yonghegong Lama Temple and thus conveniently follows a visit to the temple.
Recommended dishes: sauteed matsutake and celtis leaf, wild mushroom sushi, accompanied by chilled papaya milk.
Tianchu Maoxiang caters mostly to Beijing's student population up north in Wudaokou. The menu, which is also in English, has a mix of both Chinese and Western food, including some mock meat dishes as described above.
As one of the cheaper restaurants on this list, it's worth visiting if you're up north or if you're looking for more affordable vegetarian fare.
Recommended dishes: Taro with pumpkin casserole, seared mushrooms with hot chilies on a hot iron plate, and a black pepper "beef."
The perfect place to try Chinese cuisine as a vegetarian, you'll find everything at VegeTiger; from "pork" dumplings to spicy Sichuan dishes. It's best to go in a big group so that you're able to try a little bit of everything!
Recommended dishes: Wuxi "pork" ribs and "pork" dumplings.
This restaurant is designed in Chinese garden style and has quiet surroundings. It is a strictly vegetarian restaurant: no meat, no milk, and no eggs. The dishes feature a Western flavor. Flavors of many countries can be tasted there. The boss is an American who has been a vegetarian for more than ten years. It is beloved by many foreign patrons.
Recommended dishes: Georgian salad, Mediterranean mushroom burger and carrot cake
Su Zhi is a “magic” restaurant. From the moment you enter, you will feel calm and peaceful naturally, as the name Su Zhi suggests. Su means ‘simple’ and pure; Zhi means ‘straightforward’.
Each dish has a special shape and a unique name. The dishes feature a light flavor, paying attention to the purity of food. Organic ingredients are widely used. Most of the raw materials are from beans.
Recommended dishes: porcini baked in mint sauce, vegetarian hot pot
Are you vegetarian? Not a problem, we can make sure that all your meals are fully vegetarian, and include any restaurants you'd like to try specifically from the list above.
Please let us know about your dietary requirements when you contact us about creating your itinerary, especially if you're particularly interested in trying Buddhist vegetarian restaurants.