Vienna's coffee houses
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Close-up: Vienna's coffee house culture

Vienna's coffee houses are often called the city's "public living rooms". For the price of a hot drink and perhaps a piece of cake, customers can come and spend the day, just relaxing with friends or reading the newspaper.

Often housed in beautifully grand and ornate buildings, coffee houses are so much a part of the fabric of the Austrian capital that Unesco recently included them on their list of intangible cultural heritage - describing them as places "where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill."

Bethany Bell went along to Vienna's Cafe Weimar and Cafe Diglas to find out more.

The Close-up series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.

  • 15 Jan 2012
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