When you visit a city – is your first thought, “Where should I shop for vinyl?” Us too! Don’t miss our favorite shops to check out when traveling.
The Turntable, Victoria, BC
Best tiny record shop
This tiny shop is nestled in Victoria’s funky ‘Fan Tan Alley.’ Don’t let the size fool you; there is a ton of vintage records and original pressings packed in this place. The Turntable is well organized and run by a small, personable staff. Be sure to check this place out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Address: 107, 3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC, Canada
Used Kids, Columbus, Ohio
Best place for cheap deals
Located near Ohio State University, this shop offers a wide variety of new and used vinyl. There are some surprisingly good finds in their $1 bins. Used Kids has been around since 1986 and is known for their knowledgeable staff, selection, and killer deals – making them one of the best places to buy vinyl in the Midwest.
Address: 2500 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43202
The Turntable in BC is an eclectic explosion of color in Victoria’s unique Chinatown alley.
Trip Advisor rates Sunset Boulevard as #92 of 2,032 attractions in Los Angeles. We think Amoeba Music should be #1.
Waterloo Records, Austin Texas
Best store to walk out with vinyl and something you didn’t know you needed
Waterloo Records is the place to go when you have extra cash to spend. Besides their impressive collection of vinyl, they have lots of neat trinkets. You may very well walk out of there with a t-shirt, poster, journal made with repurposed record covers or one of their many Funko Pop figures. Waterloo Records also has listening stations so you can listen before you buy. Avoid visiting on the weekends – it’s busy!
Address: 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Amoeba Music, Los Angeles, California
Best store that’s on everyone’s list
Located on Sunset Boulevard in downtown Hollywood, this store occupies an entire city block. A paradise for music lovers, you can spend a serious chunk of time browsing two-floors of LPs, CDs, Blu-Ray, DVDs, memorabilia. We particularly like the second-floor listening station where you can take anything you’re considering purchasing for a spin. It’s going to be hard to walk out of Amoeba Music empty-handed!
Address: 6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Encore Recordings, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Best place for someone who loves jazz
Not only does Encore Recordings have a vast selection of jazz records, but they also have an impressive amount of new and local recordings. They only accept vinyl in good condition, and Encore also hosts an impressive ‘zine collection. This shop is organized, but expect to have to squeeze down tiny aisles as you browse. If you see something you want, don’t hesitate, as turnover is high and it’s likely to be gone next time you return.
Location: 417 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104