Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations
Social Dining: Vienna Beyond The Ordinary
When I set up the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, I wanted to make it easier for people to turn from tourists to travellers in my hometown: by exploring an exciting new concept, by engaging with locals in a meaningful way, and by re-inventing a place's history themselves. Go beyond the ordinary and dine with a local…
The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations is a series of dinners with a small group of people. A traveller and a local sit down for a Viennese meal with coffee, choosing from a menu of questions to ask each other. This means you will go beyond Schonbrunn Palace and Wiener Schnitzel to a deeper conversation with a Vienna resident about their perspective on the world. You and your partner will revive the spirit of debate in coffeehouses 100 years ago.
The events are in English and suitable for couples, small groups and single travellers. After an introduction from local arts group space and place, you'll be invited to sit down with someone and enjoy interesting Viennese food in a relaxed ambience. Recent local participants include artists, teachers and journalists, curious to meet visitors like you and learn about different views.
Questions range from ‘How important is money to you?’ to ‘Which parts of your life were a waste of time?’. Other questions explore travel, friendship, work and inspiration. They are not easy, and some encounters have led to long email exchanges, where the pair discussed the ideas presented. After dinner, join us for a chat involving the whole group, over a drink.
The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations build on Oxford University professor Theodore Zeldin’s Conversation Meals, which have taken place as part of street festivals, in art galleries from London to Singapore, and at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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'A wonderful introduction to Vienna. I learned much more than I could from several guidebooks.'
'In just two hours I made a friend who was closer than many I had known much longer.'
Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations At Café Ministerium
The Café Ministerium is a plush local favourite just off Vienna's Ringstrasse. Voted the most popular coffeehouse in the city centre in 2013, civil servants from the surrounding ministries and local business people love to lunch there on red velvety seats and marble tables. The Ministerium also serves as the 'extended living room' for a few regulars' tables and club meetings.
The café is a 10 minutes walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral through the historic centre. It is located just opposite the Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK). You can choose between several dining and coffee options typical for a Viennese 'gasthaus' when you register for the event:
Friday, 22nd November 2013, 5.50pm to 8pm
Registration may close if the maximum number of participants is reached.
At the events, each participant will receive a free pack of Julius Meinl's premium Single Region Range coffee (Vienna Roast) to take home.
Register For Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations
Please note that only 'outsiders' to Vienna should register on this page. If you live in the city, register with our partners space and place, so that we can match numbers of locals and travellers.
The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations are supported by iconic Austrian coffee brand Julius Meinl ('Inspiring Poets Since 1862') and its delightful virtual Poetry Café.
You would like to join but the dates don't work for you? Register to get notification of future Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations.
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