Short Film Explores Vienna's Coffeehouses

31 March 2015
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This is a film we shot last summer in Vienna. I directed and produced, and brought a great cinematographer named Orlando Gili over from London to shoot it.

We had an awesome time soaking up the atmosphere in Austria's old coffeehouses, and retiring to our room at the beautiful and very modern Park Hyatt, smack in the middle of the historic centre.

This Old Coffeehouse, Vienna, Austria from Jungles in Paris on Vimeo.

Long before this trip, which was my first to Vienna, I'd heard wonderful things about the city's old coffeehouses. Vienna is a city that holds onto its past: a grand, civilized past of symphonies and operas, waltzes and Christmas markets.

There's something a little less grand and occasion-making, but just as special, about the coffeehouses. There they sit, unchanged, open to everyone. There's no music, just the hum of espresso makers, echoes of hushed voices, clinking of spoons on ceramic cups.

It really is like being transported into another world. You're drinking, reading, texting, whatever, within a living monument, not some museum where everything's simply on display.

The Viennese coffeehouse Sperl.

I love that these places keep up the tradition of offering daily newspapers available to read, even though it must cost them heaps.

We shot in three different coffeehouses: Hawelka, Sperl, and Centrale. Gunther Hawelka (of Hawelka) and Manfred Staub (of Sperl) were our characters. It was a real pleasure to hear their stories and learn about the dedication it takes to keep these old-fashioned places running.

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Darrell Hartman

Darrell Hartman is a freelance writer and has written about Formula One racing in Singapore, shopping in Senegal, trekking in Nepal, bonefishing in Florida, Serengeti safaris, Istanbul hammams, and Paris fashion shows. These days his main subjects are eco-travel, documentary film, and men's style. Darrell is co-founder and editor of Jungles in Paris and currently lives in Brooklyn.