George Clooney stares at us as we enter the café.
The one-time Batman star (the one with the rubber nipples) may hawking Nespresso machines these days but there’s no sign of those multi-coloured capsules here (thankfully). Instead Bald Neu is one of the few coffee bars in Munich that actually serves Third Wave-style brews.
This is no mean feat considering the Bavarian capital is heavily influenced by their southern neighbour (cue copious amounts of bold Italian espressos). Berlin may be the centre of German specialty coffee but Munich is keen on catching up. Cafés like Bald Neu lead this positive trend.
Opened in 2012 by Maksim Dubilej, Bald Neu has a rough-and-tumble look about it. The décor seems haphazard and unfinished but this sort of lo-fi ambiance does attract hipsters in droves.
It doesn’t really matter because the coffee is awesome. From the cappuccinos to the pour-over brews, every cup arrives at your table after much care in its creation though the seriously cool (or do I mean coolly serious?) baristas maintain an air of nonchalance. Given that they are Germans, trust me: nonchalance here means focused craft.
When we leave, we notice young families with toddlers and babies in tow arriving for their weekend cuppa. The sun is out. (Bald Neu is happily on a street called Sommerstraße, meaning “summer street” in German.)
Even Nespresso-sipping George Clooney would approve.
Sommerstraße 33, 81543 Munich, Germany
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm / Sun 12pm-6pm / Mon closed