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.