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Ypres is a small town yet surprisingly offers a good selection of eateries. The restaurants and bistros are mainly situated around the Grote Markt. Most offer good quality Flemish food and are quite reasonably priced. A couple of examples on the Grote Markt are the Old Tom, which provides good food in a friendly atmosphere. Once a makeshift bar for the wartime soldiers in need of a tipple, Old Tom was renovated and is now full of nostalgia. ‘t Klein Staduis, a small bistro like affair, serves great food in a setting of historical décor. It is also one the more lively bars that stays open until late. Ter Posterie on 57 Rijelsestraat, close to the Grote Markt, is a Flemish restaurant with over 250 varieties of Flemish beer and great wholesome food. They also boast a superb courtyard in which to dine. De Waterpoort, situated on the northern side of town, just outside the moat, is another great restaurant with good seafood and Flemish dishes.
For something a little different and refreshing whilst out on your travels, try The Old Dairy (De Oude Kaasmakerij). Located in the village of Passendale and founded in 1932 the dairy with its tea-rooms now offers a great stop for refreshments with a whole array of cheeses and local beers.
Tips: Don’t forget to look out for the fixed price menus, which offer a three or four course meal at very reasonable prices. These are usually only available at lunchtimes, but often put the smartest restaurants within the range of most pockets.
Famous local specialities are often found in the cuisine including dark beers from the local breweries in stews and the top quality local chocolate in some scrumptious deserts.
Many of the town’s restaurants start winding down from about 9.30pm and if you want to beat the queues, you will do well to arrive early.