Café de la Paix

Bar, Eatery

Grote Markt 20
Poperinge, 8970

+32 (0)57 33 95 78 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really nice, clean, slickly operated, sort of modern-ish Cafe, and a good place to have a few quiet beers until the early hours of the morning. It is on a corner in the main square in Poperinge and can get quite crowded during the day, as the outside drinking area is very popular (when its not raining anyways!). Beer List easily tops 100, and has some great Belgium beers, including most Trappists, some local beers (Hommelbier on Draft), De Dolle range, a few Saisons and my fave - Cantillon Gueze (Mmm). During our stay at Easter 2000 we ate here often. Food menu is varied, quality is above average and it is all reasonably priced, service is good also. Steaks are a speciality and it has started doing Beer Cuisine as well recently. I went with Tromps Guide recommendation, and had the Mixed Grill, a resplendent selection of meats - well cooked.
Together with the Palace Hotel (see Beerfly), these are the Two Best Bars in Poperinge for beer selections.

Oct 09, 2002
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spoony from Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A-This restaurant is located right on the Grote Markt in Poporinge. The front room and bar area are medium-sized for Europe with tables being more widely-spaced than normal. It looks like there is a nicer seating area in the back, but I did not investigate. The place is clean and feels more like a Chilis or a similar chain restaurant than other European joints. When we stopped in at 6:15 pm on a Friday evening, the place was pretty quiet with a few families and a couple of post-work friends enjoying a drink.

Q-The beer quality is decent, but nothing spectacular. There is a selection of maybe 25 Belgians and a few local Poporinge specialities. I did not see anything rare or wild, but the base selection of Belgians is solid enough.

Ser-The service was prompt, courteous, and helpful. Beers were poured with care and the staff had a great non-intrusive-but-there-when-you-need-something style.

Sel-The beer list is not huge when compared to other good restaurants/bars in Belgium, but the selection is pretty good for the small village of Poporinge. As noted above, it is nearly all Belgians and includes a few locals. Like other Belgian spots, the tap selection is more meager, approximately a half-dozen options, but the bottle list is close to thirty beers.

F-The light dinner we had was ho-hum. We did not order anything wild (just had soup and sandwich), so it may be a bit unfair to judge food based on our choices. Unfortunately, my wife's soup was nothing more than broth, but the ingredients were fresh and my sandwich was decent enough.

V-Prices (beer and food) were quite reasonable for the location right on the main town square.

Jun 09, 2013
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BucBasil from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Arrived here by bike from Ieper and the first thing I wanted was something refreshing. Got the Poperinge Hommel Bier of course from the tap. The other tap offerings were pretty lame - Stella Hoegaarden and Leffe. They did have the St. Bernardus Tripel on tap though.

The place is very classy, half bar half restaurant sort of thing. The location can't bebeat, right in the center. The crowd was mostly older, though a group of douchebag English kids came in and ordered rounds of Stella and left the place kind of a mess. Otherwise a good experience at a classy and laid back place. Surprisingly modern and light decor. A good worthwhile stop on the way to Westvleteren. The bartenders even pointed me in the right direction to get there.

Nov 05, 2010
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rudyarmand from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Poperinge is the home of Belgian hop production. As you drive through the town and the surrounding countryside, you come upon these strange looking patches of farmland with huge telephone poles sticking out of the ground at sharp angles with vines twisting their way towards the sky and you wonder what the heck are they growing there? Duh, its hops!

My friends and I recently returned from a great week of Trappist beer tasting throughout Belgium and we wanted to visit Westvleteren to sample that famous beer at In de Vrede and to see the World War I museum in Ypres and view the trenches. I had read a review of Cafe de la Paix on the beer travel page and had jotted down the address. I am glad that I did.

We had spent the morning and early afternoon doing the history tour and were ready for some beer. Cafe de la Paix is in the town square in Poperinge and is a very nicely appointed bar with a kick ass beer selection including St. Bernardus on tap (not really a big deal since it is readily available at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA which I frequent) as well as many other fantastic bottled beers that I was unfamiliar with and eager to try. The service was not fast, but I was on vacation and began to order my next round when I still had some beer left from the last one. The servers were friendly and helpful when you could get their attention, and my friends and I really were very comfortable and satisfied and would happily visit Cafe de la Paix again.

A very nice bar!

May 20, 2009
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Goliath from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

It took a while to get some service, and there werne't that many people there but it was ok. They had a pretty nice beer list, I counted 109 beers. they had a few more but didn't currently have them in house. It was pretty smokey, which I don't care for unless I'm having a cigar, but it isn't a good atmosphere for tasting. The waitress had some attitude, but she was attractive and relatively polite. I've dealt with much more difficult women in the US so it didn't really bother me. The beers cost between 1.60 euro to 6.90, but most were in the 2 to 4 range. I ordered some Liefmans beers, I had both the Gouden Band and the Kriekbier. My brother ordered a St Bernardus triple on tap and then moved on to a Westmalle Dubbel. We had a pretty good time, laid back place and good beer so not bad. It took a while to get the bill though so that was annoying. We probably sat a good 20 to 30 minutes before haivng to chase them down for the bill. A good stop for a little town, that is after you've visited Cafe in De Verde.

Apr 24, 2008
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HardTarget from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: A nice fairly quite cafe/bar on the town square of Poperinge. I had dinner there with Dan who I met out at Westvleteren. We sat outside enjoying the cool evening and people watching. It's a small place, but well kept.

Quality: Every beer we had was in very good shape and served at appropriate temperature and in correct glassware. The food was really good as well.

Service: Never had any language problems, but that was true of my whole trip in Belgium as I stayed in the Flemish speaking part. Waiter took good care of us. Cool, but professional, always there at the right times, never bothered us.

Food: I had the Spaghetti Bolognese which was solid and filling. Dan liked his meal as well.

Value: Hard call. In my American eyes, just seeing Trappist beers for about $3 a pop in a bar was just dirt cheap, but it is probably just right to a touch high in Belgium. No complains though.

If you're in Poperinge, this is a nice place to eat a meal.

Aug 03, 2006
Café de la Paix in Poperinge, Belgium
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 6 ratings