A list with eight vinyl-focused record shops around Europe you wouldn't want to miss if you are around.
Located between the Singel canals in the lovely city of Amsterdam, Rush Hour is not only a shop but also a label, and is known as one of the most originals in Europe. Founded in 1997 by the record hunter master Antal Heitlager and his partner Christiaan Macdonald, there you will find the best ever recorded LP’s of electronic music together with funk, soul and jazz sounds, old and new, from all the vast corners of this world.
Runned by Delfonic and Tinko, very well known Berlin djs, Oye is settled in Prenzlauer Berg inside the district of Pankow in Berlin. On their shelves they have mostly high selected records of Dance music, Detroit house and techno, and also a few options of hip-hop and jazz albums. Their staff has a high knowledge in what they are selling and Oye also runs their own label.
London, United Kingdom
Based almost in the middle of Stoke Newington road, right in Dalston, one of the most multicultural neighbourhoods in London, Kristina Record host an ample range of quality music on vinyl both new and second hand. They are more specialised on House, Techno, Synth and African music. Spotted by many djs as one of the best record shops in the world, there you may find the gems you have been looking for in a while.
Home of Hola Records, at Music Lovers you will be able to find limited editions and fine selected albums. They have a bit of everything but mostly jazz and experimental music. The shop has been on since 2012 and it is run by Anders Bjornsson, Mathias Nelson and Gustaf Dicksson. And the crew are known for supporting underground labels. If you want to keep on date with the nordic underground scene you should pay a visit to Music Lovers.
Located in the beautiful neighbourhood of Vesterbro in Copenhagen, this shop is a special one, Apart from a rare collection of African and Brazilian records, the owners Stine and Martin Aalykke also host a gallery at the venue. It is basically impossible to leave empty handed from there, they sell art prints, records, clothes, objects and graphic design.
Another one in our list that is part shop and part art gallery, Underflow takes place in one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens. From avant-garde jazz albums to contemporary art exhibitions there is a bit for everyone in there. And the best is yet to come: if you are lucky you can stay longer and enjoy a gig by a local dj.
Hey Joe Records
Spoted in one of Europe’s most dynamic capitals, Warsaw, Hey Joe is definetely a golden one. The shop is tiny but cozy and the owner hosts a significant selection of Polish jazz and European music. He is a very kind music lover who knows exactly each record he has in store, he will probably engage in a conversation with you and share the stories behind his collection.
Based in the centre of Barcelona since 2010, Discos Paradiso has established itself as a meeting point between labels, producers and djs from all around Spain. At the shop you will find a significant selection of records of Techno, Disco, Ambient, Funk and many other genres. The owners are always around, organising events and gigs every week at the shop during day time or at clubs in Barcelona.