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Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

In early 20th-century Vienna, Secession artists met in the coffeehouses like Sperl or Café Museum near Karlsplatz; in the early 21st century, Vienna’s artistic set can be found in the coffeehouses of the Siebensternviertel. The neighbourhood had me seriously (for about five minutes) considering chopping my long hair to a face-framing bob like the ones […]

Dining and Discussion Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations

Dining and Discussion Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations

In his book An Intimate History of Humanity, British philosopher Theodore Zeldin explores world history through how people have related to each other in different cultures and at different times. Especially men and women. With the aim of being a “catalyst for conversation”, Zeldin developed 25 questions that would lead to self-revelation and thus more […]

A Woman’s Life Written in Music

A Woman’s Life Written in Music

Composer Nancy Van de Vate came through the door of the Café Museum and looked to both sides before catching sight of me in the back corner. Here we could talk undisturbed. We had met before, but I am never fully prepared for the impact of this gracious, high-energy woman with the razor-sharp mind that […]

Anneliese Rohrer: Sedition at the Stammtisch

Anneliese Rohrer: Sedition at the Stammtisch

Anneliese Rohrer didn’t mean to start a revolution. She was just trying to cope with the flood of emails that had swamped her inbox. But we’d better go back a step. It all began with a radio interview…. No, maybe even further back: “It’s all Josef Pröll’s fault,” laughed the political columnist referring to the […]

Café Museum

I had lost faith in the Café Museum. Sometime in the last decade, I remember walking in and finding the place I had loved gone. Vanished. No more thread-bare red plush benches. No more down-at-the-heel cozy warmth. Where was the place where I had met friends in my early years in Vienna? Where was the […]

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