Monday, 24th September, 2018
At Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, strangers sit down to eat or drink together, with a menu of questions to ask each other.
The events are in English to allow people from all over the world to take part. After a brief introduction from us at space and place, you will be invited to sit down with someone and enjoy fine Viennese food in a relaxed atmosphere.
A typical question is, ‚How important is money to you?‘, and a second is ‚Which part of your life was a waste of time?‘. These questions are not easy to answer, and previous dinners have led to weeks of email exchanges, where the pair continued to discuss the ideas presented. Other questions explore travel, friendship, work and inspiration. The questions are designed to produce stories among participants, and the evening is basically an adventure in storytelling. We are keen to revive the spirit of debate that existed in the coffeehouses 100 years ago.
Our aim is to sit down visitors with locals, one to one. For us, visitors – or outsiders – include musicians, conference attendees, resident diplomats and cultural travellers.
Have a look at the Tischgespraeche page on our site to learn more about the concept of a conversation meal, which we first staged in April 2012. This page is in German.
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.
Participant Reviews on Trip Advisor
‚I never wanted the evening to end.‘
‚This man, in two hours, expanded my world view in ways I’m still processing.‘
‚So refreshing to do away with the „small talk“ and talk freely with nothing off the table. Wish we had it where I live in NYC.‘
‚The idea of the coffeehouse meeting between „locals“ and „strangers“ is truly unique and very worthwhile.‘
Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations At Café Ministerium
Café Ministerium, Georg Coch-Platz 4; 1010 Wien
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 residents 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 Stephansdom through the historic centre. It is located almost opposite the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK). You can choose what to eat or drink on the evening.
Please register by sending Eugene an email, saying which date you will attend: email@example.com
Monday, 24 September, 2018
Thursday, 4 October, 2018
Monday, 26 November, 2018
Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
Couples and small groups are welcome.
This idea can be adapted for birthdays, conferences or office parties. Please call Eugene for more details: 0680 1254354.