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 have been recommended in the Lonely Planet travel guide and other key international travel media. They are in English and suitable for couples, small groups and single travellers. After an introduction from local arts groupspace 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, engineers, inventors, NGO officials, 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.
‘A wonderful introduction to Vienna. I learned much more than I could from several guidebooks.’
Participant at Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, May 2013
‘In just two hours I made a friend who was closer than many I had known much longer.’
Participant at ‘Tischgespräche’ social dining, April 2012
Events, Supported By Julius Meinl
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. Signing up is easy. If you need help, please email the registration helpline: barbara.cacao(at)vienna-unwrapped.com.
Just click on your chosen event date above. You do not need to have a PayPal account in order to book tickets. Just use your credit card on PayPal, a secure online payment system. In the PayPal window, choose the link ‘Don’t have a PayPal account?’ at the bottom, if you just want to pay with your credit card. If you need further help, please contact the registration helpline: barbara.cacao(at)vienna-unwrapped.com.
We are proud for the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations to be supported by Julius Meinl, a traditional Viennese company with a history of more than 150 years. Its business focuses mainly on coffee and tea. Julius Meinl operates in over 70 countries worldwide and stands for premium quality, coffee expertise, Viennese coffeehouse culture as well as for Poetry and Inspiration.
Each participant receives a free regular size premium Julius Meinl coffee pack (‘Vienna Roast’) after the event.
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