Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations
Social Dining: Vienna Beyond The Guidebooks
Spending some time in Vienna? Dine with a local and discover the city from the inside…
The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations is a series of dinners with a small group of people. A traveller and a local sit down for a three-course 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.
Access the event calendar.
The events are supported by iconic Austrian coffee brand Julius Meinl ('Inspiring Poets Since 1862') and its delightful virtual Poetry Café.
'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 Museum
The Café Museum is a 114-year old coffeehouse legend with art nouveau charm.
Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner and Joseph Roth loved to exchange ideas here, and it is well-known for its fine coffee and Austrian food.
There are two menus to select from:
Saturday, 9th March 2013, 6.50pm to 9pm
Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations At Café am Heumarkt
The Coffeehouse am Heumarkt is a 1950s gem, where time seems to have stood still.
It offers a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere, interiors with much patina, and simple good food.
The coffeehouse is centrally-located but off the tourist radar, and much loved by locals.
Am Heumarkt is on the south-east corner of Stadtpark.
These are the menu choices:
Friday, 12th April 2013, 6.50pm to 9pm
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.
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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