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Record stores

Whether you're after LPs, CDs or DVDs, you'll find plenty of record stores all across Melbourne that are bucking the global trend toward online sales. From hip hop, dance and indie to metal, folk, jazz and blues, the city has a little corner reserved for every kind of music fan out there.

CBD and inner north

Chase down rare reissues and catch renowned touring artists at Basement Discs in the city or pick up the latest indie releases on deluxe vinyl at Fitzroy's Polyester Records – the epicentre of the city's indie scene. Dancehall, hip hop and electro fans will enjoy the collections at Northside Records on Gertrude Street and Wax Museum in the CBD, while hardcore fiends and metal heads should check out Collector's Corner/Missing Link on Bourke Street and Poison City Records in Fitzroy.

Down south

Staying southside? Browse second hand LPs and new releases at Greville Records in Prahran, a welcome change from the glitz of Chapel Street, and then spend an afternoon with coffee, beer and a live performance at St Kilda's Pure Pop records. Prefer hip hop? Pick up vinyl and merch at Obese Records just round the corner from Greville Street.

Markets and second-hand

For those willing to dig a little deeper there's no end of market stalls and second hand dealers all across the city to scour for hidden vinyl and CD treasures – from Brunswick's Lost and Found Market to Goldmine Records in Carlton North.

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Record stores


Northside Records

Head northside to this purveyor of new and secondhand music for vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, books, DJ equipment and phonic rarities especially imported.


Polyester Records

Snap up new releases from new blood like East Link and Multiple Man and replenish your indie staples collection at this revered Fitzroy record store.


White Rabbit Record Bar

Enjoy laidback tunes in the play retro interior or cool courtyard of this cafe/bar/record store/club. Embrace the bunny theme with a 'Donnie Darko'.


Heartland Records

Paul Cook, the owner of Heartland Records, fell into the world of vinyl quite by accident and it's a good thing for Melbourne music fans that he did.


The Basement Discs

Head downstairs to find that elusive reissue, the latest independent releases, or just browse their amazing collection of country, blues, soul, jazz and folk.



It ain't cheap, but this is the pick of the litter. Find obscure jazz, soul and country reissues, afro-beat and an inspiring range of ECM releases.


Collectors Corner / Missing Link

Flick through racks and racks of rare indie, psych, prog, punk, hip hop and rock at this amalgamation of two of the city's iconic record stores.


Poison City Records

Part record store, part label and part skate shop – Poison City Records has been sacred ground for the local punk and hardcore scene since 2007.


Vinyl Revival

Vinyl Revival are a record and hifi store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, riding high on a resurgent love for vinyl and the local music store.


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