Copenhagen's Best French Restaurants Span Simple Bistros to Fine Dining Establishments

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.

Restaurant Havfruen
Photo courtesy of Debarshi Ray


This cute, traditional seafood eatery right on the quay in popular tourist street Nyhavn is probably the closest Copenhagen gets to a real French-style oysters bar, and its loyal clientele have been coming here for years. Havfruen ('the...  Read More

Restaurant Jean Claude
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Jean Claude


There is a definite air of nostalgia to Jean Claude, but this only adds to its charm. The new kid on the French block in Copenhagen, the restaurant opened in summer 2012 on Victor Borges Plads in Østerbro where it is in good company next door...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Marchal/Hotel D'Angleterre


The refurbished restaurant in the landmark Hotel D'Angleterre reopened in 2013 as Marchal, after the hotel's founders, Jean Marchal and Maria Coppy, who first established a restaurant before it developed into the Hotel D'Angleterre. Head chef...  Read More

L'Education Nationale
Photo courtesy of Jane Graham


L'education Nationale is closer to a real French restaurant than the usually stuffy, stiff places found outside the country itself. This simple bistro, with its red-and-white checked tablecloths and clientele of French expats and hungry...  Read More

Kong Hans Kælder


This small, basement restaurant on a small side street from Kongens Nytorv has been one of Copenhagen's most exclusive restaurants for more than 30 years. Its medieval, atmospheric setting, in Copenhagen's oldest wine cellar, is believed to be...  Read More

Restaurant Le Saint Jacques
Photo courtesy of Kasper Thye


This popular French brasserie is located in a leafy square on the right-hand side of Østerbrogade, not far from Park Bio and the large Parken stadium. Especially pleasant is the chance to dine al fresco at one of the outside tables, watching...  Read More

Mon Amour
Photo courtesy of Mon Amour


Prices are more than reasonable at this welcoming, family-run French bistro in Copenhagen's atmospheric Latin quarter, which serves authentic French cuisine with a distinct lack of snobbery. French standards like foie gras, moule frites and...  Read More

Les Trois Cochons
Photo courtesy of Cofoco


Les Trois Cochons was one of Cofoco's first restaurants and is ideally located on foodie street Vaernedamsvej, where the distinctly Parisian air makes the perfect ambience for this unpretentious French restaurant. In keeping with the Cofoco...  Read More

City Centre
Photo courtesy of Pastis


Ever since it opened in 2006, chic bistro Pastis has been hugely popular with local food critics as a smart place to head to for contemporary French cuisine. Centrally located on the corner of Gothersgade and Adelgade with large cafe windows...  Read More

Carte Blanche
Photo courtesy of Carte Blanche


Opened summer 2010, Osterbro's neighborhood French eatery Carte Blanche has been received favorably by local food critics, who have described the place as somewhere 'you feel like coming time and again.' The small premises are bright and...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane