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Many coffeehouses are famous for the artists and thinkers who have called them home. Café Central, for example, was a retreat for Sigmund Freud and Leo Trotsky, and to this day remains an epicenter of sophistication and intellect. Just as the Viennese people have done for generations, take the opportunity to explore the city’s options and find a coffeehouse of your own that suits your interests. Revel in the Gemütlichkeit that the coffeehouse of your choice has to offer – but make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy your cup of coffee in-house, because take out will not be available.
For an added twist to your coffeehouse experience, sign up for one of the “Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations,” a series of popular events that pair up visitors with locals for one-on-one chats, on subjects ranging from travel to family, from cultural to food. Echoing a time when the likes of Stefan Zweig and Gustav Klimt would gather with acquaintances in cafés to exchange ideas and debate, the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations are a great way to experience the city's cultural history, learn more about what's going on in town, and make friends along the way. The event includes a three-course menu, plus a “conversation menu” with ideas to get the conversation going. So popular are these discussions that they often continue beyond the allotted two hours.