Guide to Vegetarian Food in Shanghai

How prevalent is vegetarian food in Shanghai?

There are many choices for vegetarians in Shanghai. The Chinese for vegetarian food is Sù shí 素食.

We have a list of vegetarian restaurants in Shanghai, as well as useful resources and related news items below.

Buddhist Vegetarian Food in Shanghai

China has a long tradition of vegetarian food connected to its own indigenous Taoist religion, as well as the imported Buddhist religion. Buddhist vegetarian-style food in Chinese is called Chī zhāi吃斋.

Although not all sects of Buddhism are vegetarians, and in fact Buddha himself ate meat occasionally, the sect most popular in China is predominantly vegetarian and strictly requires its monks to be vegetarians.

The Tibetan and Japanese Zen sects of Buddhism, however, are much less strict towards vegetarianism.

Some Western vegetarians might not like traditional Chinese vegetarian foods due to the predominance of mock meat dishes made with Seitan (pronounced "say-tahn"), (miàn jīn 面筋) or Soybean Tofu (Dòufu 豆腐).

Seitan is actually wheat gluten, so people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance need to be careful when eating vegetarian food in Shanghai.

Vegetarian Food in ShanghaiDashu Wujie Vegetarian Restaurant

Western Style Vegetarian Food in Shanghai

Fortunately, there are more and more Western-style vegetarian restaurants in Shanghai as well as Chinese vegetarian restaurants with more focus on vegetable dishes than mock meat dishes.

One of the most popular western style Shanghai vegetarian restaurants is Pure and Whole which was established by expats and has several branches around the city.

Many other Western restaurants and chains in Shanghai, such as Element Fresh, Wagas and Sproutworks offer a wide choice of vegetarian food on their menus.

Shanghai has its own expat vegetarians website-based club, the Shanghai Veggie Club, which occasionally organizes vegetarian events and activities.

Shanghai Stores Selling Vegetarian Food

You can find vegetarian food at many stores in Shanghai such as Sprout Lifestyle and Hunter Gatherer which has place to eat on premises.

You can also order vegetarian and vegan food from many online stores such as Kate and Kimi.

Vegetarians in Shanghai will also be happy to know that organic vegetables are widely available here. You can find organic produce at many supermarkets including Carrefour, as well as order online directly from many organic vegetable delivery services in Shanghai.

Western Style Vegetarian Restaurants in Shanghai

Pure & Whole Shanghai 
http://www.pureandwhole.com/ 
1. Jingan District: 98 Yanping Rd., near Xinzha Rd.
静安区98延平路,近新闸路
2. Pudong Century Park: Kerry Parkside B111
浦东嘉里城
3. Jingan Shanghai Center (Next to Portman)
1376 West Nanjing Rd.
1376 南京西路
4. 
HONGQIAO-SHANGHAI ARCH
179 Maotai Road
179茅台路,虹桥

Happy Buddha
http://www.serenityseitan.com/
Xuhui District
(inside wtf* Bikes inside Jiashan Market)
259 Jiashan Lu near Shaoxing Lu
259嘉善路,近绍兴路

Sprout Lifestyle
http://www.sproutlifestyle.com/cafe/
Xuhui District
388 Shaanxi Nan Lu, cross Fuxing lu
陕西南路,近复兴路

Green Vege Café
Xuhui District: 3/F, Touch Mall, 679 Zhongshan Nan Er Lu, 
中山南二路679号正大乐成

Anna Maya 
Xuhui District: 3 Taojiang Lu, near Hengshan Lu 
桃江路3号, 徐汇区桃江路3号(近衡山路)

Sproutworks
http://www.sproutworks.com.cn/
Xintian Di, Pudong, Hongqiao, Changshu branches

Taoist Vegetarian Food

Five Taoist Temple Vegetarian (Wu Guan Tang)
五观堂素食
Changning District: 349 XinHua Rd., near Dingxi Rd.
长宁区新华路349号, 近定西路

Buddhist Vegetarian Food in Shanghai

Jade Buddha Temple Restaurant
玉佛寺素斋馆
Putuo District: No 999 Jiangning Road, near Anyuan Rd.
江宁路999号(安远路口)

Godly Vegetarian Restaurant
功德林
http://www.shgodly.com/gdl.jsp
1. Jingan District: Nanjing Xi Lu 445, near Chengdu Bei Rd.
静安区南京西路445号, 近成都北路
2. Xuhui District: 97 Wukang Lu, near Wuyuan Lu,
徐汇区武康路97号, 近五原路

Lucky Zen & Veg Restaurant
吉祥草素食馆
Luwan district: 428, Madang Road, near Hefei Rd.
卢湾区  马当路428号, 近合肥路

Modern Chinese Vegetarian Restaurants

Dashu Wujie Vegetarian Restaurant
大蔬无界
http://www.weibo.com/dashuwujie
1. Xujiahui: 392 Tianping Lu, near Zhaojiabang Rd.
徐汇区天平路392号,近肇嘉浜路
2. The Bund: 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, 4/F
外滩美素馆:中山东二路外滩22号4楼

New Age Veggie
新素代
5F NO.988, HUAIHAI ZHONG ROAD, SHANGHAI
淮海中路988号5楼

Veg Inn (Sichuan style)
素人素食
Xuhui district: 1585 Huashan Lu, near Taian Lu,
徐汇区华山路1585号, 近泰安路

Vegetarian Lifestyle
枣子树
http://www.jujubetree.com
1. Jingan, Jiangning Rd. Store
No.258 Fengxian Rd.
静安区奉贤路258号(美琪戏院旁)
2. Luwan, Huaihai Rd. Location
1F.No.77 Songshan Rd.
上海市黄浦区嵩山路77号(上海皇宫内)
3. Gubei Location
NO.848 Huangjincheng Rd.
上海市长宁区古北新区黄金城道848号
4. Pudong Location
3/F,Star Fitness Club,Yuanshen Sports Centre, NO.1458 ZhangYang Rd.
浦东新区张杨路1458号源深体育中心北区星之健身三楼

Green & Safe
Xuhui district
6 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Rd.
徐汇区东平路6号, 近衡山路

Gongdelin restaurant
功德林
http://www.shgodly.com
NO.445 Nanjing West Road
南京西路445号
Branches in Huangpu, Luwan, Minhang, Pudong, Changning etc.

Taiwan Jen Dow:
台湾莲香斋素菜
Jingan District: 151 Yuyuan Lu near Wanhangdu Lu
静安区愚园路151号, 近万航渡路

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