cover image: “Coffee House Vienna” by labuero is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.
Viennese coffeehouse culture was designated as intangible cultural heritage in 2011 in the Austrian inventory of the UNESCO’s National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage.73 It combines the intangible heritage with its tangible dimensions: gastronomy, atmosphere, customary practices and social relations, along with interior decor, architecture, food and drink, furnishings, etc.
“Nearby coffeehouses or neighboring Viennese houses were treated as a ‘second living room’, and favorite coffeehouses were attributed with having a family atmosphere”74
- 73 Yeong-Shyang, C. and Shou-Tsung, W. (2017). ‘Social networking practices of Viennese coffeehouse culture and intangible heritage tourism’. Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 17(2), 186-207.
- 74 Zhang, Y. (1997). ‘To open coffeehouse doors: The 350-year cultural situations in Europe’, Taipei: China Times, 14. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/14766825.2017.1400037