Visit Basement Discs and discover one of the best collections of blues, folk, country, jazz and roots music in the city. With regular instore performances by local and international artists including Jolie Holland, Richard Thompson and Ron Sexsmith, Basement Discs is a vibrant city store run by passionate music lovers. Head down the stairs from Block Arcade and spend an hour or two sifting through the racks to find that elusive album you've been chasing.
24 Block Place, Melbourne
This long narrow shop on the doorstep of Chinatown is one of the best places to find second hand vinyl, CDs and box sets. If you're after an original copy of Television's Marquee Moon or The Message by Grandmaster Flash this is your best bet. With a front window loaded up with goodies you'll be reaching for your wallet before you know it. Wander in and wile away the hours flicking through racks and racks of rare indie, soul, hip hop and rock.
240 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Take a break from clothes shopping on Chapel Street to spend a little time flicking through the racks in the southside's best record store. A refreshing change from the glitz and glamour of the surrounding area, Greville Records has wall to wall vintage posters, a massive collection of new and old vinyl out the back and a large array of special editions, box sets and merchandise.
152 Greville Street, Prahran
Whether it's funk, soul, hip hop or dancehall you're after, head to Gertrude Street where this little store has been keeping local DJs smiling since 2002. With regular vinyl shipments from labels like Truth & Soul, Tramp, Timmion, Freestyle and Wax Poetics you're bound to find something that will get your feet moving.
236 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Find all your favourite independent releases right here at the former home to the Candle Records empire (The Lucksmiths, Darren Hanlon, The Simpletons). From indie royalty like Silver Jews and Joanna Newsom to new blood like Xiu Xiu and Kid Sam, this is the place to get your must-have records. Browse the extensive range of new vinyl and CDs from international labels like Drag City, Thrill Jockey and Bar None or local stables like Mistletone, Remote Control and Chapter Music.
288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Pure Pop Records
Handed the baton by the famous Raoul Records in 2005, Pure Pop Records continues to be a local hub for the southside's independent music community. With a licensed courtyard and regular instore performances from local and international artists, including The White Stripes and Conway Savage (The Bad Seeds), this is no ordinary record store. Choose from the towering collection of obscure indie, soul and funk records before settling in for afternoon of live music.
221 Barkly Street, St Kilda