Chengdu is rich with Buddhist influences, so vegetarian dishes and restaurants should be available in abundance…
But, if a stroll down the average hotpot riddled street leaves you wanting more diverse and exciting vegetarian options, then this list is for you. The vegetarian restaurants below have devoted themselves to providing a myriad of tasty vegetarian (and some vegan) options that we think will reinvigorate your lacklustre diet and prove that being a vegetarian in Chengdu can be easy and exciting．
Vegetarian Lifestyle 枣子树素餐厅
A very popular Ba Bao Jie area chain restaurant that comes to Chengdu via Taiwan. Specializes in vegetarian recreations of classic Chinese dishes. Located on the 4th floor near Wenshu Monastery though easy to find as the building has a sign high up Vegetarian Lifestyle Restaurant. This restaurant offers an extensive menu of vegetarian options to suit all. Featuring an extensive menu (including English), spectacular bathrooms, an attentive staff and a good atmosphere make this place stand out. The added bonus: you’re meal will include free tea and fruit.
Location: Qingyang District, Qinglong Street No. 27, BoJin City, Building 2, F4 (between Carrefour and Pacific) 青龙街27 号铂金城2 号楼4楼
Opening Hours: 13:00 – 21:30
Tel: 028-86282848, 028-86282855
Experience vegan dishes and various teas in a historic courtyard. Situated in Chengdu’s trendy retail hub and within a historical heritage building at No. 7-8 Zhanghuali Lane, the tea house is immersed in an ambience of elegance and tranquility that seems worlds away from the bustling city. Mi XUN is open from 11:00 am -09:30pm and predominantely serves afternoon tea. For something more substantial, there is a Temple Cafe, but this does not offer strictly vegetairan meals。Check out Mi XUN’s website for more information and to view their menu.
Location: No. 81 Bitieshi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, China 610021
Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:30
Tel:+86 28 6297 4193
For the spice-seekers amongst you, test your metal with Gengyuan’s mouth-melting traditional Sichuan cuisine. Be prepared: the restaurant is tucked away inside a shopping courtyard, so keep your eyes peeled.
Location: Chengyi Center, No.88 North Rd of Qing Yang District 青羊区北大街88号天盛壹中心
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Qing Shang De Ai Xin 墙上的爱心
Good value vegetarian food is made in this little vegetarian restaurant. You can also choose to buy a food stamp with your meal to donate a meal to someone in need. Good for your body and good for the planet.
Location: 6-24 Kehua Street科华街6号附24号
Opening Hours: 09:30 – 21:00
Baoguang Temple 宝光寺素餐馆
Enjoy a tasty meal after a relaxing stroll around the Baoguang Temple. The restaurant is suitable for vegans and perfect for enjoying a traditional Buddhist vibe. It can close in the afternoon, so an early start is recommended.
Location: No.81 of Baoguang Rd, Xindu District 新都区宝光街81
Opening hours: Monastery open 08:00 – 17:30
Qing Shui He Hua Shi Fang 清水荷花禅茶素食餐厅
Situated at the back of a beautiful monastery, try sampling this vegetarian restaurant after drinking in the sights. If you’re strapped for time and don’t want to view the monastery, then there is a separate entrance to the restaurant. The second floor serves a buffet-style lunch and it is best to arrive earlier to ensure you get the best choice. Alternatively, the ground floor of the restaurant offers a more traditional dining service, though the cost is slightly higher. With reasonable prices and great food, the monastery’s restaurant is worth a try.
Lo:cation 文殊坊店 (Wen Shu Fang) 31, 2Floor, Baiyun Temple Rd, Wenshu Fang, Qing Yang District 青羊区文殊坊白云寺街31号 2楼
Suixin is an Eastern themed vegetarian restaurant and tea house, with lots of local flavour and healthy dishes. The beautiful and calming interior is a welcome break and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and nourished.
Location:#3 East Renmin Rd, No.1 China Merchants Bank Buliding 2F 人民南路三段一号招商银行大厦二楼
Opening Hours: Tea starts at 10:00; food starts at 11:30- late
Drink up the sophisticated, stylish set up of the aptly named Vegan, offering all day dining from 9:30am to 9:30pm. With beautiful decoration and a wide variety of items on the menu this is a great spot to try out. Whilst it may be a little pricer than other places on the list the dishes are all delicious. Also has a picture menu for simple ordering. Buried behind the Carefour in Hong Pai Lou, Vegan often garners great reviews from their customers for their delicious menu and perfect ambience. Designed with vegans in mind, there is plenty on offer for both vegans and vegetarians here.
Location: Jialing Rd. No. 33, Wuhou District (near Red Star Macalline) 武侯区佳灵路33号 (红牌楼红星美凯龙旁)
Opening hours: 09:30 – 21:30
Location:10-11, Shuhan Street,
This restaurant serves a variety of main dishes including meat substitutes, soups, and vegtables. Located in the Tibetan area this restaurant offers an English menu and also offers some items to buy that you can take home to cook.
Five yuan will gain you entrance to the Palace of the Green Lamb. Inside the temple you’ll find a teahouse and a vegetarian restaurant to choose from. Yet another great place to get away from the busy streets and reconnect with traditional Chengdu.
Location: Qingyang Temple, 9 West Section 2, First Ring Road, inside of Qingyang Temple 一环路青羊宫里面斋食
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Tel: 87766584, 87763961
Shang Shan Shi Shu 尚膳时蔬养生料理
Shang Shan Shi Shu is situated in Jinniu District in the North West and boasts an unexpected, sophisticated ambience for a vegetarian restaurant. They offer tea in the afternoon until 5pm and close at 9pm, so it’s ideal for an early dinnertime destination.
Location: 05-01,02,04A, Building 5, No.2, Kai De Guang Chang, Jin Niu District 金牛区交大路183号凯德广场2期5楼05-01,02,04A室
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:30; Tea: 14:00 – 17:00
Tel: 028-69280648 028-69280646
Xinxiang Sushijie 心香素食界
Doubling as both a Teahouse and vegetarian restaurant, Xinxiang delivers Sichuanese cuisine and bolsters their variety by offering mock meat and fish, diversifying the traditional vegetarian menu. To locate the restaurant head to Linliang Middle Road, which can be found across the River from Sofitel Hotel and between Huaxiba and Jinjiang Hotel metro stations.
Location: #1, No.1 of Renming South Rd, Wuhou District 武侯区人民南路三段1号附1号(近赛百味)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
Yishan exudes a cool and calm atmosphere. Tucked away in a residential community, to access the restaurant, enter the residence and go to the first floor. The restaurant is open from 11.30am until 12am making it an ideal location for a late dinner.
Location: Building 4, 1Floor, No.2 Yumiao Rd, Chadian Zi, Jin Niu District 金牛区茶店子育苗路2号4单元1楼(近第四幼儿园)
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 00:00
Pu Su can be found on Jingxiu Road in the Wuhou District. The area itself is popular for its design, recreating the traditional Tibetan style. Pu Su follows suit with its light and inviting wooden and bamboo décor. If you’re taking a trip to this area, Pu Su can offer you brilliant vegetarian food and a comfortable place to rest your feet.
Location: #32, No.1 of Jinxiu Rd, Wuhou District 武侯区锦绣路1号附32号
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Wenshu Monastery 文殊院香心素食馆
Within Wenshu Monastery you’ll find a bustling Teahouse, a buffet-style lunchroom and a restaurant on the first floor. The Teahouse is perfect for a quick thirst-quencher, offering freshly made juices as well as tea. Located within the grounds of the temple, the vegetarian restaurant offers a buffet style dining area downstairs as well as menu dining upstairs. The buffet-style lunchroom has a relaxed atmosphere and allows you to build and create your own meal. However, it is the restaurant that offers the most well-crafted dishes. If you’re a vegetarian starting out in Chengdu, Wenshu Monastery is the perfect place to begin.
If you are visiting the buffet at the monastery we recommend going to the noodle restaurant outside the temple (the one with the queue) and having the Tian Shui Mian, also vegetarian, this is one of the most famous spots in Chengdu.
Location: 66 Wenshuyuan Street, Chengdu成都市青羊区文殊院街66号
Opening Hours: 10:30 – 19:30
Yusuge Garden Vegan Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: Qingnian Road 67, Sichuan Nonga Hotel, 4th floor, Chengdu
Offering lunch time and evening dining this restaurant offers not only a buffet but also hotpot and “health” pot. Quite a difficult spot to find, look up on thebuilding for the sign saying Yusuge Garden Vegan Restaurant. Its located on the fourth floor.
Yi Ye Yi Shijie Tibetan Vegetarian Hotpot 一叶一世界藏茶素食火锅
This popular chain of Tibetan vegetarian hotpots have numerous locations around town (including one very near the American Consulate). They offer light completely meat free hot pot with green and fresh offerings of seasonal vegetables and tofu with the sauces you’re used to seeing at a regular hotpot; sesame, soy, vinegar with garlic, peanuts, and coriander. There are currently 9 locations around Chengdu and should be roughly 50-80RMB per person depending on what you order.
Location: Chunxi Road – 1st floor, 46 Nán kāng shìjiē – 大慈寺 南糠市街46号1栋1层
Tel: 028-62499711, 18116592711
Location: American Consulate – No.27, Poly Center, 7, Consulate Road, Kehua North Road 科华北路 领事馆路7号保利中心1楼附7号
Location:Global Centre – 1N3, Room 310, Northern Area, Global Centre, 103 Jin Yue West Road 环球中心北区锦悦西路103号1N3层310室
Location: HongPaiLou – 7 Jialing Road, HongPaiLou Market 佳灵路7号红牌楼广场一期商业二层2-2-1号(附93号)
There are also stores in Huayang 华阳， Longhu 龙湖, Diamond Plaza钻石广场 and You pin dao Plaza 优品道广场.
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 00:00
Return to Vegetarianism 归来素食生活馆
Location: 12, 3rd Floor, Master, №48, Section 4 of South Renmin Road, Wuhou District 人民南路四段首座48号3栋12楼
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
For some more suggestions of vegetarian and vegan spots in the city, we suggest you checkout www.happycow.com which has a great feature allowing you to search pretty much every city in the world for vegetarian and vegan restaurants.