The Chinese are famous for eating just about anything! You just have to walk on the streets of Beijing to see all kinds of animals in various shapes and sizes hanging from restaurant windows. As a vegetarian, so many of my friends had said to me “you are going to struggle for food in China”. The reality once I got there, was far from it. Here are some of my top picks for vegetarian restaurants in Beijing.
Vegetarian restaurants in Beijing
Mirch Masala Indian restaurant – If you are looking for some authentic Indian food Mirch Masala should definitely be at the top of your list. Situated on the top floor of Beijing’s Silk Street Market, Mirch Masala has a great selection of Indian and Pakistani dishes to choose from, though doesn’t quite boast the ambiance of a sit down restaurant. 6th Floor, Silk Market(Silk Street). ¥. View on TripAdvisor.
SUHU Vegetarian Tiger – Slightly out of town, but well worth a visit if you happen to be visiting the summer palace which isn’t too far away. Specialising in vegan food, SUHU Vegetarian Tiger is somewhat of an institution as far as vegetarian restaurants in Beijing go, getting particularly busy for lunch and dinner. With a great selection of foods (and more importantly desert) you will be spoilt for choice at SUHU Vegetarian Tiger. 203 Southeast Huayuan Office Building 88, Shuangqing Rd, Beijing. ¥¥ www.vegetiger.com.
King Joy’s Beijing – Well known as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Beijing King Joy’s is a popular choice with locals and tourists. Everything about King Joy’s shouts perfection. With great attention to detail in presentation of food, an amazing location (you can eat in a traditional Chinese courtyard) and the ability to order from an iPad, King Joy’s is definitely worth a visit if you have the money. ¥¥¥¥. www.kingsjoycn.com.
Tribe Organic – I happened to pass this place by complete chance on my first day in Beijing. Healthy living is the order of the day at Tribe with a colorful selection of dishes using the freshest of ingredients. A great place to grab a tea or coffee also. Ground Floor, Bldg. 3, China View Plaza, Workers’ Stadium East Road. ¥¥. www.tribeorganic.com
The Veggie Table – Close to the second ring road, the Veggie Table specialised in hot and cold mezze dishes from the Mediterranean. The mushroom burger is also definitely worth a try! No.19A Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. ¥¥. View on TripAdvisor.
Mercante – Walking though Beijing’s hutongs, you wouldn’t expect to find an Italian restaurant. Mercante provides just that, and was a welcome break from Chinese food for me. A great selection of Italian foods are available, all complimented by fantastic European wines. 4 FangZhuanChang Hutong, DongCheng District, ¥¥. www.facebook.com/Mercante.Beijing.