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
Website: https://www.turntablerecordsbc.ca/

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
Website: https://www.facebook.com/usedkids/

Turntable-shop-Victoria

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
Website: https://www.waterloorecords.com/

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
Website: https://www.amoeba.com/

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
Website: https://encorerecordsa2.com/

Looking for great vinyl but can’t make the trip?

Silver Platters in Seattle

Check out the best vinyl shops in Seattle.

And, if you found something particularly cool – drop by and take in the unique sound of vinyl at either of our Seattle or Bellevue showrooms. We are happy to take it for a spin with you!