Bald Neu How soon is now? featured

This one’s a great little neighbourhood hangout for those who like their coffee third-wave, and like to enjoy it somewhere hip. Right across the road from Charlie, Bald Neu has a palpable sense of edginess — thanks mostly to the battered furniture, peeling paint and those lights hanging down on cables that all trendy places seem to have now. Adding to the vibe is the low-lying, bric-a-brac seating, which gives you a bottom-up kind of perspective on proceedings.

Still, we digress. The coffee is great, especially the cappuccinos: These guys have an exceptional knack for creamy, bubbly froth (if such a thing exists). All of them come in mugs with those tiny handles too, so there’s the added bonus of automatically looking sophisticated when you take a sip. Süß accompaniments come in various forms of cake, such as a Schokokuchen that rates with the best of ‘em, not forgetting the poppy-seed cherry pie either.

If you’re carrying around a serious hunger, Bald Neu also serves up a regularly rotating menu of hot meals that on any given day might include a hearty chili con carne, traditional south German Spätzle with leek and mushroom, or a sweet potato and carrot cream soup. They serve toasted sandwiches (a rarity in Germany), and they even come with the crusts cut off — like your mum used to do. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword though, as it leaves them looking a little small. Still, you can always eat another immediately afterwards to compensate. They’re definitely good enough to warrant it.

Wiede Fabrik Post-industrial revolution featured

Repurposing disused spaces for a new cultural life isn’t something commonly associated with Munich. That isn’t to say, however, that the Bavarian capital hasn’t got a flair for urban renewal. Cast your cynical peepers upon Wiede Fabrik if you remain an unbeliever. Formerly a manufacturing facility for the production of acetylene, this quirky factory reboot is now a buzzing cultural hub that’s fast becoming one of the city’s most exciting arts venues.

The network of studio spaces and workshops retains the industrial charm of the complex’s prior purpose. Hefty, open halls and bronze-colored metallic cannisters—complete with pressure dials and copper piping—contribute to the indoor landscape. Amongst the 25+ residents currently taking advantage of the surreal space are painter and collagist Elli Hurst, abstract acrylic portraitier Dörthe Bäumer, and digital photo manipulator HC Ohl.

Xuits Dressed to kill

During their humble beginnings in 2007, XUITS was hidden away in an old villa in Frankfurt’s West End. With suits this sharp, though, it didn’t take long for the banking city’s big cats and slick dressers to catch wind of their hyper-stylish two and three pieces, so the team of tailors decided to keep a good thing going and opened a Cologne outlet in 2009. Fast-forward to 2013, and XUITS has moved to the big league to show Munich’s male population what all the fuss is about with their first store in the Bavarian capital.

The slim, lengthy and impeccably dressed fashion showroom—with hanging, polished-bronze dome lights, an array of dark wood display units and elegant two-tier tables—is as slick as the items that are for sale. Ties (bow and regular) and shirts in a plethora of hues line the meticulously ordered cabinets on the stores borders. The finishing touches—including cravats and cufflinks—are laid out on the table tops in the center.

XUITS’ consultants are also on hand to guide you through the process of choosing one from their selection of show-stopping styles. And you won’t have any problems with pinching around your midriff or low-hanging legs, here everything’s made-to-measure.

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