Although Copenhagen's international reputation has been cemented by its faithful adherence to the Nordic kitchen, it does have a wide range of excellent and authentic French restaurants that range from casual bistros to Michelin-starred luxury.
Top of our list is the understated Carte Blanche, a simple French eatery in select residential quarter Østerbro where the food is as delicate as the decor. Also in this leafy enclave is St. Jacques, a small but popular restaurant in a delightful square close to Park Bio, and the newest spot on the list, Restaurant Jean Claude, where French dining is kept true to its rustic roots.
The aim of Pastis on downtown Gothersgade was to introduce Copenhageners to contemporary French bistro culture, and this restaurant is informal yet very smart. This is quite a contrast to Kong Hans Kælder, the most established restaurant on our list and the only one to have a Michelin star. On the other side of Kongens Nytorv, its location, Copenhagen's oldest basement, makes an atmospheric setting for an extravagant dining experience.
Those in search of a central location and reasonable rates may well fall in love with the traditional French kitchen at Mon Amour in Copenhagen's Latin Quarter. Also in this neighborhood is L'Education Nationale, a simple, inexpensive French eatery extremely popular with the city's Gallic exchange students.
Foie Gras on a budget may seem a contradiction in terms, but Les Trois Cochons, on 'Little Paris' aka Værnedamsvej, has given Copenhagen's less wealthy foodies just that.
We couldn't leave our list without mentioning Hotel D'Angleterre's revamped restaurant Marchal, or nearby Havfruen on Nyhavn: About as close to a Parisian oyster bar as you're likely to get in Copenhagen.