The best vegan restaurants and dishes to try now in Shanghai

Whether you’ve been eating vegan all month or are just looking for some ethical eating options around town, here are a few of the best vegan deals happening in January and beyond

Photograph: courtesy el Willy
First, there was 'Dry January,' a month-long break from alcohol after the excesses of the holidays. Now, there’s Veganuary, a campaign to get people to try a plant-based diet for 31 days at the start of the new year. Launched in the UK in 2014, the challenge has spread to 178 countries, with more than 500,000 people taking the movement's pledge over the last five years.

Shanghai has also jumped onto the bandwagon. Whether you’ve been eating vegan all month or are just looking for some ethical eating options around town, here are a few of the best vegan deals happening this month and vegan-friendly restaurants across the city.

Veganuary chef’s table at Egg

Veganuary chef’s table at Egg

At Egg’s monthly chef’s table, a notable Shanghai chef serves a multi-course menu to ten guests seated together at its communal table. This week, join Pol Garcia Blades (La Maruja) for a Veganuary edition that includes Hungry Planet plant-based crab Donostiarra style and pepitoria chicken, mapo tofu hummus, root vegetable kebab and more.

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Sexy Veganuary at el Willy

Sexy Veganuary at el Willy

Choose anything from el Willy’s vegan menu (400RMB per person or a la carte), which includes dishes like vegan crab salad on burnt limes, thin-sliced eggplant 'wagyu' with sea salt, truffle and tomato to king mushroom tiradito, guacamole and crispy shallots, paella with saffron and seasonal vegetables. End on a sweet note with lemon cream with basil sorbet.

Vegan menu at M on the Bund

Vegan menu at M on the Bund

The Bundside institution that serves modern European and Middle Eastern dishes in a glam setting just got two new vegan items: vegan gnocchi pesto with preserved lemon, wilted radicchio and sorrel and vegan pear tart with cinnamon and soy ice cream.

Vegan menu at M Glam

Vegan menu at M Glam

Adjacent to M on the Bund, M Glam has also added three new vegan dishes to its permanent menu: Oaxacan-style vegan nachos with avocado, mango and chilli salsa; fans of cauliflower with pomegranate, tahini and pistachio; and sweet potato gnocchi on pine nut purée with crispy olive and purple salt. What better way to do the Veganuary challenge than sipping a drink, munching on vegan nachos and looking out at glitzy Bund views? 

Veganuary at Moka Bros

All January and February, head into any Moka Bros, grab a Veganuary punch card and eat vegan or vegetarian ten times, and it will give you a vegan or vegetarian power bowl on the house. In addition to the punch card, every Monday all vegan dishes are 20 percent off.

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Moka Bros , 108 Xiangyang Bei Lu 10 Jan - 29 Feb
Vegan dishes at Tribe

Vegan dishes at Tribe

Tribe has a new menu with vegan dishes for autumn and winter with funky names like Turn Up For Tomato Soup, For Fig's Sake Salad and Hit Me With That Kiwi Coconut Yoghurt Smoothie Bowl. 


Tribe’s restaurant on Fumin Lu is closed but it is still available for delivery via ele.me. Tribe will also be on Meituan and Sherpa’s in the coming weeks.

Veganuary at Pie Society

Veganuary at Pie Society

Shanghai’s British pie shop has also joined the Veganuary challenge. It has a new vegan meat pie called Yes, Pecan that will be available until March as well as its latest non-pie offering, the Texan Vegan Chilli. Find other year-round vegan dishes like the Shepherd-less Pie, vegan bangers and mash and, at its Jingan branch, a vegan full English breakfast. Don't forget to ask for the vegan pumpkin pie for dessert; and get a discount of 10RMB on vegan pies and pie meals and 15 percent off on all vegan dishes on Mondays.

Green menu at Maya

Green menu at Maya

Mexican isn't always synonymous with vegan but Maya has a Green menu all year round that consists of more than just guac and chips. It offers dishes like gazpacho, quinoa with roasted bell pepper, roasted beetroot carpaccio, taco salad, portobello mushroom relleno and more. 

Vegan Japanese at Maruyama

Vegan Japanese at Maruyama

At Maruyama, eat vegan sushi, vegan temaki, vegan gyoza, vegan bowls and other vegan izakaya dishes. 

Vegan-friendly hotpot at Qimin Organic Hotpot

Vegan-friendly hotpot at Qimin Organic Hotpot

Owned by the same folks behind speciality grocer Green & Safe, Qimin Organic hotpot does the farm-to-table concept with ingredients sourced directly from its farm in Kunshan and a menu that changes every three months. Unlike your usual hotpot experience, each guest gets their own individual pot. Although the menu is not all vegan, there are lots of vegan choices here, including the broth.

Vegan at GreenVege

Opened by couple Yoli Du and Will Meng, the sun-filled, high-ceilinged dining room in this new Touch Mall restaurant is filled with jazz music and imported vintage knick-knacks collected during travels abroad. Green Vege is a vegan-friendly restaurant serving up dishes from veggie burgers, soy nuggets, sweet potato fries, soups and vegan desserts. Fans of popular street food fish curry balls will be amazed by the vegan ones here which are almost indistinguishable from real fish balls; they've got the exact same aroma and bouncy texture and are served in a wonderfully fragrant curry broth.

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679 Zhongshan Nan Er Lu

Vegan Chinese at If Vegan

A restaurant where no meat, egg, milk or GMO products are served. Detail-oriented If Vegan cooks with fresh vegetables in its broad menu of dishes like ginseng tofu pot, Vietnamese spring rolls and a bean salad.  

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408 Shaanxi Bei Lu

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