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Späti Culture & Sterni appreciation

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If you are new to Berlin you are probably new to Späti culture. Well let me tell you a little about it.

A Späti or Spätkauf is a ‘late shop’ a 24hr store servicing the constant wave of sleepless party goers in Berlin. The more relaxed side of Berlin is home to countless Späti’s, too many one might say. But this is not a bad thing. Conveniently located in every few streets you can be assured that your beer stops will be more frequent than your need for fresh beer.

Späti’s provide us with drinks, both soft and hard as well as tobacco, milk, toilet paper, chocolate and many other things that you might need in the middle of the night or in an emergency.

My friends group visit Späti’s on a very frequent basis and every Späti is sure to be a few Sterni’s less after our visits. But if you don’t know what a Sterni is … let me tell you a little about them.

Germany is known for its beers and while there are many great beers to sample from all over the country my favourite by far is from a small East German city called Leipzig. Here is the home to the greatest beer produced in the east. For a staggeringly low 70c you can purchase a 0.5L bottle of tasty lager at good Späti’s. Though some would call this expensive these days… only 3 years ago they sold for about 50c.  If you get a Sterni for 80c these days you consider it to be too much. Beware, many Späti’s in the more gentrified parts of Berlin will charge upwards of 1€, in this case you are paying way too much and I encourage you to complain about the price.


As a ‘free’ tour guide I rely mostly on the generosity of others to get by and support donation based projects as well as not for profit organisations. There is a project that brings together my love for Späti’s and Sterni’s combined with not for profit fun. Check out the project HERE

More than just a beer for the way? Jurek Katz wants the first solidarity and profit free Späti to be  founded in Kreuzberg with 16 others & with the help of crowdfunding. The collective wants to show that you can organise pubs or clubs not only different, but precisely also clearly capitalistic business forms.

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