Forget about le chic parisien - a taste of the French riviera is right in the heart of Copenhagen. Cafe Nice on Nansensgade delivers a solid supply of moules frites, croque-madame and salade niçoise packed with an unpretentious attitude.
With the fickle Scandinavian weather and the long winter nights, it comes as no surprise that Copenhagen has a visual crush on pretty much everything French. So when a restaurant called Nice is thriving on the bustling Nansensgade, it’s bound to stir some local interest.
With a bohemian decor and unpretentious menu reminiscent of the French riviera, Nice will charm you from the moment you walk in. Retro bar paraphernalia and old street signs trace out the decor. Visitors gather up at old wooden tables tuning in to the French Jazz Radio subtly heard in background. This is not your typical Michelin star restaurant, but a raw and informal place where you can loosen up and unwind after the daily grind.
Their menu is informally written on chalkboard and it covers classic French and Belgian dishes fitting for both brunch and dinner: moules frites, steak frites, croque monsieur & croque madame, omelettes and tartiflettes. Add to that a solid selection of classic salads like Niçoise, chèvre chaud and confit de canard and the Mediterranean taste trip is almost complete.
If you’re in doubt of what to order, go for their signature Moules Frites. Their mussels are locally sourced and always impressive in size. You’ll also be perversely compelled to dip their homemade fries in a rich and fragrant white wine sauce topped with lemon zest and fresh herbs.
As with most contemporary eateries, Cafe Nice proves that you don’t have to be a native to have an understanding of the Southern French cuisine and atmosphere. The cafe is run by Swedes and, due to their dishes’ popularity, they opened up a sister restaurant with the same profile on Vesterbro.