The Späti: arguably Berlin’s most beloved institution. Short for Spätkauf (“open-late shop”), and more-or-less equivalent to the English “offie”, the European kiosk and the American bodega, the Späti is convenience in its truest form. It’s the only thing open in the ghost-town that is Berlin on a Sunday, thus becoming an important lifeline for disorganised Berliners. A 24-hour bar, social centre and a place almost guaranteed to stock chickpeas when it seems nobody else does, the Späti is an essential part of the city’s weird and wonderful character. Every Berliner has a “Späti des Vertrauens” (“a trusted local”) upheld by the heroic patrons who have been known to share joints, techno and wisdom over an ice-cold Pilsner. Under-the-table and over-the-counter, the Späti is the most magically non-legit thing about Germany’s otherwise regimented existence.
In celebration of this fine institution, König Souvenir and SLEEK have teamed up for this 2018 calendar, which also functions as guide to the city’s best Spätis. Featuring portraits of Berlin’s Späti heroes by Joseph Kadow, let the year planner guide you through Berlin’s fabled late-night establishments.
The 2018 Spätkauf Calendar is now available in the Sleek Shop.