A casual chic Parisian style bakery and café serving high-end French patisseries and coffee, as well as a Parisian bistro style with breakfast, lunch and full dinner menu and brunch on Saturday and Sundays.
We take great pride in offering a relaxed atmosphere that complements the food we prepare from scratch using fresh ingredients from local farmers. Le French is conveniently located in the Belleview station area of the Denver Tech Center, which offers plenty of free parking and a valet service.
Founded by Senegalese French sisters Aminata and Rougui Dia, Le French is a gourmet, casual-chic French bakery and bistro. Le French specializes in high-end pastries and elevated modern Parisian cuisine with global influences, a nod to the sisters’ heritage.
Aminata Dia and Roughi Dia
Chef and Executive Chef
Le French Denver
Chef Aminata Dia was born in Senegal before moving to France at a young age. Growing up just outside of Paris, she found a passion for food when she was quite young. She moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago and has been in Denver for 15 years. Once in Colorado, Aminata followed her love of food by pursuing a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado. From there, she launched her own successful catering company, AmiCuisine.
Drawing on her French, Senegalese and American culinary experiences, Chef Aminata is proud to open her first restaurant, Le French, alongside her sister, Chef Rougui Dia – a dream come true for both sisters.
Chef Rougui Dia, who has been called the 21st century’s “Black Pearl,” and the “African Queen of Parisian Queen” rose to fame when she was named the executive chef at lauded Paris restaurant Petrossian in 2005 – the first black female in the world to hold this position at a restaurant that had been awarded a Michelin star. She started out at the restaurant in 2000 as a vegetable prep cook before rising to sous chef, and was quickly thereafter named executive chef at the age of 29.
She later took the executive chef position at another celebrated restaurant, Paris Le Vraymonde in the five-star Buddha-Bar Hotel in Paris; opened her own Paris-based bakery serving freshly baked babas; and accumulated accolades including the Trofemina Award and the French National Medal of Honor – the country’s highest national civilian honor.
Growing up just outside Paris in Neuilly-Plaisance, Chef Rougui developed a passion for food early on in life. She completed her first cooking internship at the age of 15 and was working at Chez Jean in Paris by the time she was 21.
After nearly twenty years of cooking at some of the top restaurants in Paris, Chef Rougui has recently relocated to Denver in order to fulfill a life-long dream of cooking alongside her sister, Chef Aminata.