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.
An increasing number of travellers want to engage with locals, but in a meaningful way: They want to venture beyond Schonbrunn Palace and Wiener Schnitzel to a deeper conversation with a Vienna resident about their perspective on the world. The Coffeehouse Conversations lets participants revive the spirit of debate in local coffeehouses 100 years ago. The art of conversation is part of a coffeehouse culture that has been recognised as an UNESCO Immaterial Cultural Heritage.
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The events have been recommended in the Lonely Planet travel guide and other key international media. They are in English. and suitable for couples, small groups and single travellers. After an introduction from local arts group, space and place, you’ll sit down with someone and enjoy interesting Viennese food in a relaxed ambience. Recent local participants include artists, 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 longer email exchanges, where the pair discussed the ideas presented.
The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations build on Oxford 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.
In case that a complete allocation of visitors and residents is not possible, for example due to illness and last minute cancellations, we will select the best possible alternative, such as rounds of talks extended to three individuals.
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 minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral through the historic centre. It is located close to 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.
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