Happy Buddha

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388 Shaanxi Nan Rd, Xuhui District (at 2nd floor), Shanghai, China

An American in Shanghai making comfort food. Moved here winter 2016 from Jiashan Market. Apr 2018 reported fully vegan. Open Mon-Sun 9:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Delivery, Take-out

20 Reviews

First Review by Tianci

A must go for vegans and vegetarians coming to Shanghai!!! - Edit

Place is had to find as it is not labeled on the outside other than a HB on the door. They were moving locations so menu was very limited but they had wraps and cake so we ordered both. WOW the food was good!! Cake was even better!! Met the owner Lindsay who was from Denver and the manager Ben from London.. they were great company and very hospitable! Food was so good I left to find an ATM and come back to buy more for the following day. They are moving locations but hopefully will be able to try more food before we leave.

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very good - Edit

In a country which vegan nutrition is hard to do. I was lucky to try Happy Buddha. Nice food. Nice service.

Pros: all vegan

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Chocolate Brownie FTW - Edit

The restaurant is not big but looks nice from the in- and outside. I personally ate way better vegan burgers before but the quesadillas and the choclate brownie with ice cream were incredibly delicious! Stuff is english speaking nice and helpful!

Updated from previous review on 2018-04-10

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vegan comfort food - Edit

This place is now all completely vegan! Such a great and varied menu with some comfort food choices and some healthier choices. I had the spicy black bean burger which I’d recommend. They also do the most amazing cakes.. I definitely recommend the coconut and rum cake! Friendly, English speaking staff and they hold events too.. they invited me to their all you can eat Taco Tuesday :) They also make all of their sauces/butter/mayo etc in-house and sell them in jars! I bought a jar of their pesto and it’s delicious.

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vegan breakfast !! - Edit

I love happy Buddha and am a regular. I am very excited that they are now doing breakfasts too starting at 9.30- and that these are delicious. I’ve tried the quiche and the burrito - both are so wholesome and tasty. There’s not many places in Shanghai where you can get a solid western style vegan breakfast and happy Buddha has filled this gap for me. Seems like their menu is constantly evolving and the coffee hits the spot too. Great way to start the day and to support a small local vegan business. Highly recommended.

Pros: open at 9.30, all vegan , western style

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Little treat - Edit

Went here while visiting Shanghai. The food was good, the place was small but welcoming. It also has a separate healthy juice bar at the front of the shop.
I had a hot dog, we also tried the mint choc chip ice cream which was fabulous and The chocolate brownie was to die for.

Pros: Vegan , Welcoming , Clean

Cons: Quite small

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Yummy and Friendly - Edit

The burgers are excellent and the owner is super sweet. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in Shanghai!

Just a note that the hours are 11:00-21:00.

Pros: Great foods, Great price, Friendly owner

Cons: None

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Great place in Shanghai - Edit

Whenever I am in Shanghai I make sure to stop by Happy Buddha. Most of their stuff are a good combination of tasty and nutritious, the place has a good vibe especially when there are less people, and staff is friendly. Good location, just south from Shaanxi Nanlu Metro station. Taco Tuesday is a must.

Pros: Decent choice of dishes, Friendly staff, Diverse sources of protein

Cons: A bit pricey, Some of the customers are obnoxious hipsters

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Cozy Cafe with Delicious Food - Edit

This is a cafe/restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and some yummie vegetarian and vegan food. I had the pesto panini, sweet potato chips and iced lemon tea (amazing). Also had the chocolate cake afterwards which was good. It wasn't too expensive as it is self service too. Overall definitely go check it out, there is a little health food store downstairs which is cool.

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Nice salad and mac and cheese - Edit

I really enjoyed the caesar salad with vegan mac and cheese I had. Wasn't a big fan of the hotdog because of the consistency of the vegan sausage, but I'd like to go again next time and try more items.

Since it's a vegetarian restaurant I naturally looked for the vegan labeling on the menu, but found the labeling system a bit confusing. Some items have a sign that indicates that vegan options are available, while the majority of the items don't have any signs but they're actually already vegan.

Pros: great location, nice food, cozy vibe

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A warm welcome. - Edit

Been here 3 times now for tasty burgers with sweet potato crisps (chips in American but not as we English understand chips). The taco Tuesday night is a good deal if you're hungry, all you can eat tacos for 88RMB, plenty of delicious fillings & it includes vegan ice cream. The staff are friendly especially the guy who speaks great English & seems eternally happy. It's not fine dining but it's comfy & tasty, the kind of place I prefer. I'll be a very happy repeat customer.

Pros: Tasty, Welcoming, Reasonable.

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No more dairy! - Edit

Although initially vegetarian, they are now at least phasing out all the dairy cheese from the menu and switching it for vegan cheeses (which they also sell in jars for you to use at home!). The chef, Ben, always tries to please vegan guests as much as he can.
My favourites are the quesadillas, pesto panini and that sinful coconut rum cake. And their ice creams! Hope they add more and more ice-cream flavours soon.
Last time I went there with a non-vegan friend who said the burger was a bit dry. I didn't try it, but it did look a little dry. She said the chocolate cake is to die for.
Drinks are expensive BUT there is free water!

Pros: vegan cheese, convenient location, friendly service

Cons: drinks are expensive

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Great Comfort Food - Edit

I'm not a big fan of seitan, but I've still enjoyed many vegan dishes here - my favorites are the nachos, hotdog, and shepard's pie.

Their desserts are some of my favorites in Shanghai. The chocolate cake, brownie, and vegan ice cream are all outstanding, non-vegans/vegetarians will love them as well.

Happy Buddha also regularly has deals throughout the week such as BOGO veggie burgers on Monday evenings.

The staff are very friendly and it's at a great location - the restaurant is above an eco-conscious/health food store.

Pros: English Menu

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Great western food, Nice vibe. - Edit

This great little place consists of a small store selling health products and food downstairs, and a lovely cafe upstairs.
It has a great vibe, nice interior, and a great selection of quality western vegetarian food at a reasonable price (30-50 yuan per main). There are many vegan options, and most other dishes can be made vegan on request.
It was a lovely place to have a relaxed lunch.

Pros: Good quality food, nice vibe, English menu

Cons: Not good for large groups, have to walk up the stairs to get there

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So good!! - Edit

I went there twice and it was always very delicious :)
There cakes are like heaven!! Highly recommend this place. Took me a while to finde it, because it is on the second floor of a shop, but totally worth it!

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I loved this place! - Edit

Amazing food and nice place. I just want to go to Shanghai to go back there :) 100% recommended!

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Best vegetarian food in Shanghai! - Edit

I absolutely love seitan and was introduced to it when Serenity Seitan (now Happy Buddha) first started. I was hooked! I love the transformation of some of my favorite comfort foods from the US into vegetarian dishes featuring seitan. The mexican wrap is my favorite but also worthy of note are the cheezsteak sandwiches and pesto wraps. Visit Happy Buddha, you won't be sorry!

Pros: Great atmosphere, Excellent food, Big portions

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Nothing special - Edit

So the one thing I have to say about this place is that it's nice to see a restaurant with western vegan options, as there are numerous places in Shanghai offering Chinese dishes vegan or vegetarian, but few with vegan cheese, pizza, seitan etc.

Unfortunately, the dishes were rather underwhelming. I had the vegan grilled cheese sandwich, the mexican wrap (warm) and the kale sweet potato salad.

The vegan grilled cheese had a sort of a cream spread made of sunflower seeds, rather than anything texturally close to cheese and the mexican wrap was predominantly kale with small pieces of seitan in it.

The dessert was also sub par and soggy. We had the pretzel pie (?) and though the chocolate section was satisfying, it was overall a disappointing/heavy dessert.

Pros: Western options, Cute decor

Cons: Underwhelming food

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Seitan in Shanghai! - Edit

I went because I saw they had Seitan, and well, that is hard to find on the road. A welcome addition to Shanghai's veggie/vegan food scene. I would have preferred it if the Seitan bites were thicker piece of Seitan though. They were more like breaded bagel chips than delicious chewy Seitan. Still, go, support them, and eat delicious freshly made food. I hear their deserts are awesome too.

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Closed on Monday! - Edit

Unfortunately we arrived on a Monday, and they are closed! We will try to get back here again soon and post a review. I've submitted an update to post their hours. Therefore I am only posting a 3 cows rating as we have not actually been there, but I must post a rating in order to post this information.

However, a couple of suggestions for finding the Happy Buddha: It is closer to the Jiashan Subway station off the #9 line than it is from the Shaanxi South Station off the #1 and #10 lines. The actual location is through the Jiashan Market gate and straight down the alley at the address: 259 Jiashan Rd. Once you head down the alley, the Happy Buddha is easy to find!

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Tianci 05 Nov 2015 - Update! Now that we've had a chance to visit we highly recommend Happy Buddha! The staff is super friendly, speak English, and the food prices are reasonable with good sized portions. My only regret is that I did not know that I would not be able to post another review. HappyCow limits you to only one review per location. :-(

Stop in sometime and have a bite! You'll be glad you did (we were!).  


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