Where would the business world be today without coffee in the morning? It hardly bears thinking about (*slürp*). While some busy people now prefer their java to go, Vienna's Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) have taken the opposite approach - in a sense, they were the city's very first co-working spaces.
History and myth
For over three hundred years, the Viennese have spent inordinate amounts of time at marble-topped tables, reading the newspaper or working. Literary greats, revolutionaries and other leading lights of the late 19th and early 20th centuries turned many famed cafes into their second homes, visiting daily and receiving visitors (or even their mail) there.
How did coffee become a Viennese tradition? Origin myths abound, but here’s what we know: In 1685, the Armenian Johannes Deodato, born in Istanbul, became the first person to be awarded the right to open a coffee house. This may or may now have been thanks for his work as an imperial spy. Deodato means "he who serves God" - and God knows great minds (and hustlers and eccentrics) need a space to chitchat and fuel ideas both crazy and grand.
ViennaUP’22 coffee house specials
This year, a special coffee house experience awaits every ViennaUP participant. A table at each of four traditional Viennese cafes has been reserved specially for participants – show them your ViennaUP armband (which will be distributed at our partners’ awesome events) and get a free cup of delicious joe. Try the mélange – the beverage that has been adding value to entrepreneurial lives since the days when horses represented future mobility.
The ViennaUP tables will be clearly branded – you won’t miss it! These cafes have serious history and are close to many of our major events. So if you are in the neighborhood with some time to spare and looking for a place to chat with a new contact, get a little caffeine-fueled work in or just stare into space and soak up some Viennese vibes, stop by!
(Check out this video message from our coffee house partners - now that's authentic Wiener charm!)
Here are the deets:
Monday, May 30 through Friday, June 3
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Linke Wienzeile 36, 1040 Wien
Wiedner Hauptstraße 55, 1040 Wien
Kärntner Ring 17, 1010 Wien
Stallburggasse 2, 1010 Wien