Despite having some of the world’s most innovative restaurants, Copenhagen has seen a resurgence in classic French food over the past decade – and it’s so good you’d be hard pressed not to believe you weren’t in the gastronomic hearts of Lyon or Paris. Here are our top 10 restaurants to head for.
Letz Shop and restaurant shop sells classic gastronomic products such as wine, foie gras, charcuterie and a fine selection of jams and sweets. Visitors here will find everything from starters to delectable desserts and it is the perfect place to find that little extra something to spice up your meal.
If you fancy the classics such as croque monsieur, moules marinière and crème brulée, l’Education Nationale is the place to go. Established in 1984, this restaurant has survived various food trends, including waves of Greek, Italian, Thai and Japanese fare. The restaurant also offers a brilliant lunch menu.
Saint Jacques, has served a classic French menu for decades, making it a popular institution in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Østerbro. Here, you will find traditional meals such as goose rillette and confit de canard. The atmosphere can seem a bit upmarket, the prices are very reasonable. Be sure to try the coffee and macaroons for a sumptuous after dinner treat.
Restaurant Pastis has long been one of the classic places in Copenhagen for sophisticated dining. The team describe the place as being ‘uncompromisingly French’ and they rightfully take credit for being one of the founding places for French food in Copenhagen. The signature dish, steak frites accompanied by a Béarnaise sauce, comes highly recommended. In addition, Pastis has excellent fish dishes and a large selection of champagne.
A long time institution, Søllerød Kro is respected for bringing gastronomy to the Danes in the dark times before Noma and New Nordic. It is located 20 minutes north of Copenhagen in a beautiful former tavern. Though Søllerød Kro is undeniably the most expensive French restaurant in and around Copenhagen, the Michelin-starred venue also boasts the highest gastronomic standards and a superb wine list.
Meaning ‘bottle opener’ in French, Tire Bouchon offers a wide selection of French wines alongside its classic French delicacies, ragouts and desserts. The space is definitely the affordable place to go if you want to create a perfect atmosphere with a special person. Tire Bouchon also has a very fine selection of oysters, including Danish oysters and French Normandy oysters.
Francophiles will feel at home at Wine Bar Figaro, since the staff at this wine bar prefer to communicate in French. They offer a fine selection of burgundy wines, a very delicious fish soup and a fine foie gras, which comes with jam and flakes of salt and fresh-grounded pepper. With a glass of Sauternes wine alongside one of the chef’s own choices for your meal, you will get a flavour of gourmet heaven.
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The four greatest coffee consuming nations in the world are all Nordic countries, and Copenhageners take their coffee and coffee meetings seriously. Frenchy upholds this reputation and since opening in 2012, they have quickly gained notable popularity. It even gained the title of Copenhagen’s best café, surpassing a number of classic institutions and Italian barista venues. Here you will find a various number of classic French and Italian coffees, small meals and sandwiches.
La Petanque restaurant serves classic gallettes, a Normandy speciality consisting of a special pancake made of buckwheat, filled with a number of French delicacies. The place has great prices, a warm atmosphere and serves delicious traditional crepes for dessert.
Originally, Restaurant Rebel served New Nordic with a twist of French before becoming a classic bistro known for it’s steak béarnaise. Most recently, it was reborn as Rebel, a restaurant serving a delicious mixture between French and Nordic cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.