Cafes and coffee shops are booming and emerging everywhere. Which is good. New locations where we can get our beloved black gold are always better. But nevertheless we appreciate and love our long-established Viennese Coffee Houses. With all its own unique characteristics and special items, which we would like to introduce and present here. No wonder the Viennese Coffee House Culture became an UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011.
A special matching pair of these typical Coffee House items are the table with newspapers and the typical newspaper rack. The newspapers, which were spanned on large bentwood magazine racks were one of the ultimate reasons to extend the short time you need for your coffee to many hours of intensive newspaper studying. Back then Coffee Houses were the only possibility to indulge in the wide world of news for a little money, with which you need to pay only for the coffee. We are sure that with these tables and newspaper, there comes the base, why the Viennese Coffee Houses soon became the place for the local exchange of ideas and literature and hotspot of the intellectual elite.
The furniture and establishment of Coffee Houses has a large bandwidth. From plush on rustic cozy up to cold and minimalist, for each category you can find good examples. The typical setup includes often an austrian architectural classic piece. In addition to the tables with real marble, there were always and are still Thonet chairs in almost every coffee shop to find. The Chair No. 14 by the German-Austrian carpenter Michael Thonet is the most often produced and sold seating furniture in the world.
Aside from this typical items there are other interessting and fascinationg classics in the Viennes Coffee Houses. From the special avocation of being an “Ober” (Garcon), which is definitly not comparable to the normal waiter at a restaurand, and other interessting Coffee House subjects we will tell you in future articles.