This is my guide to fantastic and affordable vegan restaurants in Chengdu. I browsed HappyCow and realized that there are really only a handful of 100% vegan restaurants in Chengdu. I spent a month in the city and this is a list of places I strongly recommend checking out. While I usually only eat at places that are affordable by local standards I had to make an exception this time around and will also have a rather pricey place featured.
Yusuge Garden has the biggest vegan all-you-can-eat buffet I’ve ever seen in my life. The options are endless! They offer an abundance of vegetables, sweets, and soups. When we went there was a lady waiting on the ground floor who handed each of us a voucher. We then ended up paying 28 RMB each for the all you can eat buffet. They also offer vegan hotpot although I don’t remember the price of that one.
If you want a great variety of local food and sweets then I highly recommend checking out Yusuge Garden. The best part? When we returned our empty trays we were each given a voucher that said we’d get 3 RMB off the 28 RMB buffet next time. Fantastic!
Address: Chengdu Jinjiang District, Qingnian Rd 67, Sichuan Nonga Hotel, 4F, Chengdu, China
Hours: Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-8:30pm
Vegenheart Vegan is hands down one of my favorite vegan restaurants in Chengdu. The all-you-can-eat buffet is only 20 RMB and the all-you-can-eat hot pot starts at 29 RMB. Although their buffet is a lot smaller than the one at Yusuge Garden, they still have plenty of options, provided that you go there at the right time. I would recommend to check it out on the weekends – come around lunchtime – that’s when you’ll have the biggest selection. They offer amazing cookies, vegetables, tofu dishes, steamed buns, sweet soup and heaps more. They also have a store inside the restaurant at which you can buy their cookies among other vegan items such as soymilk powder. I also greatly enjoyed their hot pot and highly recommend it!
If you finish all your food you can ask for a 5 RMB voucher and I’ve yet to figure out the terms and conditions for it. That being said, it’s a lovely promotion that they’ve got going to reduce food waste. I highly recommend going. I absolutely love this place!
Address: 13 Ximianqiao Street, WuHouCi, Wuhou Qu, Wuhou Area (at Between S 3rd Section 1st Ring Road and Ximianqiao Cross Street), Chengdu, China
Hours: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Vegetarian Life Style – Zao Zi Shu
Vegetarian Life Style is the most expensive restaurants I ever ate at. I met up with a fellow vipassana meditator who was only going to be in town for a day. A friend of hers recommended this place and I figured I’d be worth checking out. We ordered a great variety of food and dessert and ended up paying around 360 RMB in total. Although it was extremely pricey, the food was incredible. Little did I know that I was in for a treat and my friend ended up paying for all the food.
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Address: 4F, Bojingcheng Square, 27 Qinglong St
This was it for my favorite vegan restaurants in Chengdu. I had heaps of fun trying lots of different local dishes and highly recommend all of the mentioned places. If you only happen to be in Chengdu for a really short time, then check out Yusuge Garden. They always seem to have heaps of options, it’s relatively affordable and you get to try lots of local dishes and sweets.