The Best Record Stores In Europe
This article is part of our That Special Record vinyl resources guide.
No matter how many “Vinyl Records Are Back” headlines you see in mainstream news publications, the reality is that thousands of record stores have shut down in the last 10 years all over the World, mainly because everybody started to buy records on the internet.
But luckily, there are still a bunch of great record shops here in Europe where you can spend a few hours digging deep to pick up quality wax. This is not a buzzfeed type of post with “breathtaking record stores you have to shop at before you die”. This is just a guide to help you find good record stores next time you travel to one of the 33 European cities listed in this guide. Most of the stores listed below are record stores specialised in electronic music, but a few extra tips were included for all those crate diggers that want to go beyond the usual suspects.
Tongues 7., Kirchengasse 27, Vienna
A delicatessen shop and a vinyl record store in one (yep, you read it right!). Tongues sells fresh produce from local farmers including meat, cheese, bio products and freshly prepared meals. This store also offers a fine selection of vinyl records. It’s wide range of music from House, Techno to Indie-Rock and dubstep or reggae - has made Tongues famous beyond the borders of Austria.
DAS Market 7., Zieglergasse 40, corner of Westbahnstraße 22, Vienna
Run by Fritz Plöckinger, one of the pioneers of house music in Vienna, Das Market is a well-stocked vinyl specialist in Techno, Disco and House. Definitely one of the best places (together with Tongues) to buy quality electronic music in Vienna.
Substance Recordstore 7., Westbahnstraße 16, Vienna
Good independent record shop specialising in indie, alternative, dub and electronica.
Doctor Vinyl, Rue De La Grande Ile 1 Groot Eiland – 1000 Brussels
One of the rare shops in Brussels that still sells new vinyl. Stocking a large selection of cutting edge electronic music, Doctor Vinyl is the record store that Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke and other famous and well respected DJs visit when they’re in town.
Veals & Geeks, Rue des Grands Carmes 8 Lievevrouwbroerstraat – 1000 Brussels
Cool alternative record shop specialised in various underground music genres, including jazz. Veals & Geeks mostly sells old psychedelic music from the USA, UK and Japan, but you can also find music from eastern Europe, german rock, and other underground genres from around the World.
The Collector, Rue de la Bourse 26, 1000 Brussels
The Collector has been in business since 1983. There you can find a large collection of rarities from jazz, rock, classical, to other genres. Lots of second hand records.
Wally's Groove World, Lange Nieuwstraat 126, 2000 Antwerp
Record shop specialised in electronic music with a great selection of collectors and rare items, new and used. If you're wondering if the shop has anything to do with Beligum's legendary deep house label called Wally's Groove World, the answer is yes. The label actually emerged out of this store because upcoming and local artists used to shop there and would give Koen Van Immerseel aka Dj Koenie, the shop owner, their demo tapes knowing that Koenie wanted to support emerging talents with the chance to release their music on vinyl.
Music Mania, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 19, 9000 Gent
Legendary record store in Gent. Specialising in Indie Rock, Breakbeat, Trip hop, rarities, Reggae and alternative electronic music.
Happyfeet, Vodičkova 704/36, 110 00 Prague 1-Nové Město
New and second-hand records. This small record shop in Prague specialises in old Suprafon and Panton-branded Czechoslovak pressings. Also sells soul, funk and jazz.
Phono.cz, Opatovická 156/24, 110 00 Prague-Nové Město
The only record store in Prague that is not mostly focused on second-hand records. Offers a wide selection of funk, soul, jazz, latin, afro, hip-hop, disco, rare grooves, dance music, rock, pop.
Pitch Vinyl Shop, Prilaz Đure Deželića 40, 10000 Zagreb
In 2014, Créme Organization boss Jeroen van der Star AKA DJ TLR, partnered up with Croatian Mario Novak to open a record store in Zagreb. Pitch was the first record store dedicated to electronic music to open in the Balkans since the '90s. As you'd expect, you can find there the best of international House, Techno, Minimal, Bass, Disco, etc.
Dorma 21, Blågaardsgade 31c Copenhagen
Record store & coffee place focused on quality electronic music. Dorma 21 occasionally also hosts in-store sessions and parties helping promote new producers and DJs.
Route 66, Fælledvej 3, 2200 copenhagen N
All genres but mainly indie. Good selection of records released on local and independent danish labels. Route 66 also releases minor danish acts on their own label, Danish Vinyl Production.
Biit mE Record store, Pikk 9 (Old Town) 10123, Tallinn
The place to visit in Tallinn if you're looking for disco, techno, dub, electro, indie, rock, reggae, noise, industrial, IDM, or estonian music.
Digelius Music, Laivurinrinne 2 FI-00120 Helsinki
In business since 1971, specialising in nordic music, folk, ethnics, jazz and and other not-so-commercial genres. Probably the best record store in town for jazz and not-so-commercial genres from around the World.
Redhill Records, Albertinkatu 5, Punavuori, Helsinki
Second-hand record store in Helsinki. Wide range includes rock, folk, heavy metal, disco, funk, soul, reggae, jazz, rap, world music. Redhill Records also offers a fine selection of Russian and Eastern - European vinyl.
The Funkiest, Mechelininkatu 12-14, 00100 Helsinki
The place to go for hip-hop enthusiasts in Helsinki. The Funkiest offers a large selection of Finnish hip-hop. Also Soul, funk & jazz.
Syncrophone, 4-6, rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris
One of the best record stores in Paris for House, Techno and other electronic music genres. Syncrophone has been an important part of the French house and techno scene for nearly 10 years, so it's no wonder many french DJs select Syncrophone Records as their record shop of choice in Paris. Syncrophone is also a record label and distributor.
L'International Records, 12 Rue Moret, 75011 Paris
Independent store with a vast collection (both new and second-hand) offering everything from indie pop & rock to krautrock, house, techno, dubstep, ambient, drone, hip-hop, funk, soul, afro and reggae.
La Source, 46 rue Albert Thomas, Paris
One of the few Parisian record shops entirely dedicated to electronic music and its culture. La Source was born in collaboration between DDD records, Smallville records, and Sources Management. Genres you can find at La Source: House, Techno, Electro, Dubtep, Leftfield, Electronica, Avant rock.
Techno Import, 16 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris
One of the classic record stores loved by many Parisian underground DJs. Techno Import is known for its fine selection of techno records and all sorts of underground electronic music.
Te Iubesc Record Shop, 56, rue Pajol Paris
Record label and record shop. Te Iubesc Record Shop opened its doors to the public in 2014, aiming to promote good music of all genres. Fine selections include: techno / house / minimal / jazz / blues / classical / rock / pop.
Betino's, 32, rue Saint Sébastien - 75011 Paris
An old independent record store specialising in black music ranging from House, Garage, Hip-hop, Soul or Funk to Boogie, Jazz, Brokenbeat, New Jazz, Latin and Reggae. Betino's is one of those stores where you can always find a nice mix of fresh and new, and old and legendary.
Chez Emile Records, 4 Rue Constantine, 69001 Lyon
Lyon’s leading vinyl specialist. Specialised in house and techno music and everything in between, Chez Emile offers a fine selection of music from local artists but also new and second-hand vinyl from all over the world.
Hardwax, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, 10999 Berlin
Legendary record shop (and distribution house) founded by Mark Ernestus from the legendary Rhythm & Sound duo. The place to visit in Berlin for cutting-edge electronic dance music, from techno, house to dub and bass music. But your probably already knew that.
Space Hall, Zossener Straße 33, 10961 Berlin
One of Berlin’s finest record stores specialising in Electronica, dubstep, Techno and House music. Known as the best shop in town to find overlooked gems and dig for rare favourites at affordable prices.
Bass Cadet, Weserstr. 189, 12045, Neukölln, Berlin
Record shop and vintage clothes store. Sells mainly new records. Fine selections: Disco, house, techno and electro from Detroit, Chicago, Holland, etc.
The Record Loft, Adalbertstraße 9, 10999 Berlin
Project of a former Discogs seller, The Record Loft is probably Berlin's finest specialised second-hand record store for dance music and Djs. This place is a record collector's dream.
Oye Records, Oderbergerstr. 4, 10435, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
House and disco specialists. You can also find there hip-hop, jazz and brand new electronic 12-inches.
Public Possession, Klenzestraße 16, 80469 Munich
Public Possession is an Independent record label and lovely boutique record shop based in Munich, offering a carefully curated selection of quality leftfield / house / techno records.
Smallville Records, Hein-Hoyer-Straße 56, 20359 Hamburg
If you visit the seaport city of Hamburg, you must pay a visit to Smallville record store. Although they have a fine selection of House, Techno, and everything in between, the focus is mainly the kind of contemplative deep house and techno that the increasingly loved Smallville label has been putting out in the last few years. The record store is owned by 3 fine DJs/producers Julius Steinhoff & Just von Ahlefeld (Smallpeople) and Peter Kersten (Lawrence), who usually hang-out there and share their passion for music with their customers (another great reason to visit the place and buy some records!)
Habeat Records,105 54, Pallados 21, Athens 105 5
You’ll probably feel like you’re in Berlin. This is the place to check out in Athens if you're a house and techno head. Habeat Records offers a fine selection of underground and hot-right-now house and techno records.
Aktrecords, 1066 Budapest, Ó Street 35.
One of Budapest’s nicest record shops for techno and house vinyl heads. They also also have electronica, electro, drum'n'bass, breakbeat, hip-hop, funk and reggae.
Deep Record Store, 1062 Budapest, Aradi Street 22
These guys have been in business over a decade, selling all kinds of electronic music.They’re also a distributor of hungarian music.
All City, (Ground Floor) 4 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
All City is an art shop and record store. All City sells an eclectic mix of house, techno, hip-hop, soul and funk, as well as releases from their own in-house record label. This place is pretty much like a candy store for street artists and vinyl heads.
Spindizzy,32 Market Arcade, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
This place is good for all styles, but they’re pretty famous for their large selection of second hand Dance music 12”s. You can find a bit of everything from Techno, House, Electro to drum’n’bass, electronica, ambient or IDM.
ULTRASUONI RECORDS Roma, Via Antonio Pacinotti, 83, Rome
Small Vinyl Shop offering a carefully curated selection of underground House, Techno, Ambient, electro from around the world.
Serendeepity, CORSO DI PORTA TICINESE 100 - 20123 MILAN
Nice concept store in the city centre, specialising in vintage, vinyl records design and books. Big stock of house, techno, electronic, jazz, blues, experimental, r'n'b and world music.
Vinylshop,T. Ševčenkos g. 18, Vilnius 03111
Good selection of Electronica / Techno / Drum & Bass / Bass. Vinylshop also sells DJ equipment.
Rush Hour Records, Spuistraat 98, 1012 TZ Amsterdam
One of the best and nicest record shops in Amsterdam. Rush Hour is specialised in House, Techno, Electro, Disco and everything in between. Also a record label and distributor.
Redlight Records, Oudekerksplein 26, 1012 GZ Amsterdam
Small but well stocked record store in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district. One of Amsterdam’s finest record stores, specialised in second hand vinyl records covering everything from ambient, Jazz, Disco or Folk to Funk, Rock, House music etc.
InDeep'n'Dance Records, Rozengracht 60, 1016ND, Amsterdam
InDeep'n'Dance music selections focus mainly on House and Techno.
Clone, Mauritsweg 60 3012 JX Rotterdam
Clone was founded in Rotterdam as record store in the mid-90s after Hotmix closed. Today Clone is one of the World's most legendary record labels and record stores, loved and admired by vinyl heads and electronic music lovers from all over the World. Clone specialises in all sorts of experimental / underground electronic music.
SideOne, Chmielna 21, 00-001 Warszaw
Small but well stocked underground electronic music orientated store.
Flur, Avenida Infante D. Henrique, Armazém B4 Cais da Pedra – Santa Apolónia, 1900 Lisbon
Located on the waterfront in Lisbon, a very short walk from Lux (Lisbon’s best electronic music club), Flur is Lisbon’s finest record store offering a carefully curated selection that spans a full gamut of genres often neglected by other local record stores: ambient, house, techno, pop, rock, noise, electronica, jazz, drone, experimental, krautrock, disco, boogie, italo, hip-hop, dub, reggae, funk, soul, library, dubstep, UK funky, country, film music, African and latin styles,etc.
Carpet & Snares, Espaço Chiado, Rua da Misericordia 12-20, Piso S/L, Lisbon
3 of Lisbon’s finest DJs (João Maria, Jorge Caiado and Zé Salvador) opened this record store together in 2014. Carpet & Snares is all about house and techno, but they also have a selection of underground electronic music second-hand records.
Harborage, Rua do Rosário nº 54 Porto
Small record shop specialising in underground electronic music.
Matéria Prima, Rua da Picaria 84, 4050-477 Porto
More than just a record store, Matéria Prima has become a meeting point and cultural hub for the Porto underground music scene. The store is specialised in electronica, drone, noise, indie rock, but also have a good selection of house and techno.
Misbits, Str. Fainari, 43A, Bucharest
The only record shop of its kind in Bucharest. Owned by a local DJ, Ioana Parlog, Misbits is all about deep house, techno and dub techno, but also has second-hand records featuring other genres from funk, hip-hop, drum’n’bass, classical music, romanian pop and jazz.
Is the Place, Gran Vía 40, 6º-1, 28013 Madrid
New record shop in Madrid. Is The Place specialises in new and second hand records for collectors stocking everything from Ambient Techno, House, Dub Techno to Disco, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz...
Rotor Discos, C/ Gran Vía, 40 6º-1. 28013, Madrid
Record shop in the centre of Madrid specialised in Techno, electronica, ambient, house, industrial.
Discos Paradiso, C/Ferlandina 39, 08001 Barcelona
Record store run by Arnau and Gerard, two young Catalan music enthusiasts who before opening Discos Paradiso travelled by bus around Europe to look for vintage vinyl. Good selection of underground electronic music, including techno, house, electro, dubstep and everything in between.
Subwax Bcn, Valldonzella 3, Barcelona, 08001
Subwax is one of Barcelona’s hot spots for crate diggers, but it actually started as a record store based in Malmö, Sweden. It was founded by Jimi Disko & Jeff Bennett in 1994 under the name Cosmic One Records, but in 2003 Jimi & Jeff rebranded it as Subwax Records. In 2012 Jimi ended partnering with Stefan Gulito and moved to Barcelona. Subwax specialises in rare electronic music, reggae/dub music and also have a large selection of second-hand classics.
Snickars Records, Hökens gata 11 116 46 Stockholm
Main focus on black and dance music: Soul – Funk – Disco – Hip Hop – Techno – House - Jazz – Pop- Rock – World - Reggae etc. They also sell new records from local Scandinavian and selected labels in various genres.
Fade Records, Skånegatan 78 116 37 Stockholm
Quite central in the city and recommended for electronic / techno / disco. Fade Records also sells music-oriented clothing.
Kristina Records, 44 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XJ
This Dalston based record shop attracts crate diggers from across London. Kristina Records is one of London's finest record stores specialised in new and second-hand vinyl across most genres of underground music, but mainly electronic music.
Honest Jon’s, 278 Portobello Road, London W10 5TE
This record shop on Portobello Road is a slice of music history. Since opening its doors in 1973 Honest Jon's has been stocking a truly eclectic and unusual range, from blues, house, german & detroit techno to soul, reggae, world music and selected oddities.
Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street, London W1F 7LZ
One of London's leading vinyl specialists in electronic music. Friendly staff. Pretty decent selection of house, techno and everything in between. Good recommendations on the racks.
Sounds Of The Universe, 7 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DA
Located in Soho, these guys are owned by the legendary London-based label Soul Jazz Records. Really nice store to explore and discover music you may not have been completely exposed to in the past. SOTU tends to slightly focus more on hip-hop, funk and soul but the shop sells all-non mainstream music: Reggae, Punk, Techno, new wave cosmic disco, House, Funk, African, brazilian, Nigerian compilations and electronica.
Alan's Records, 218 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9AY
Excellent independent second-hand record shop with friendly staff. Great place to find rare and collectable items. Soul, Reggae, Chicago/New York/House & Deep House, Techno, Balearic, Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Rock, Punk, World Music.
Love Vinyl, 8jd, 5 Pearson Street, London E2 8JD
One of the latest additions to the London’s growing list of dance-music oriented independent record stores, stocking everything from the latest house and techno releases to the best in underground disco from the 70′s and 80′s.
Rye Wax, The Basement, The CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Opened in 2014, Rye Wax is new vinyl and comic book store located in Peckham. The selection on offer is a nice blend of comics, graphics novels, CDs and the latest quality electronic music and second-hand titles.
Rubadub, 35 Howard Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 4BA
Glagow's finest record store. Rubadub stocks a great array of CDs and vinyl and is a real heaven for fans of electro, house, Detroit techno and reggae.
The Living Mountain, Room 2, Hope Park Church, Edinburgh, Summerhall EH9 1PL
Lindsay Todd, the man behind oddball house and techno label Firecracker Recordings decided to open the Living Mountain in 2014. The Living Moutain specialises in leftfield and hard-to-find vinyl, stocking records from fantastic independent labels like Honest Jon’s, The Trilogy Tapes, Jazzman, Mood Hut, Awesome Tapes From Africa or Sex Tags Mania.
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