Whether you're after LPs or CDs, you'll find plenty of record stores all across Melbourne that are bucking the global trend towards 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.

The best strips for vinyl? It's hard to go past Sydney Road in Brunswick, Smith Street in Collingwood, Greville Street in Prahran, or Johnston Street in Abbotsford. But don't discount the CBD either: there are tonnes of hole-in-the-wall vinyl stores, tucked away in basements or hidden up stairs. Grab a listening station, chuck on some tunes, and enjoy Melbourne's eclectic vinyl scene. 

Gig guides

Find a detailed calendar of gigs at beat.com.au and browse our very own list of the year's big gigs.


Rocksteady Records
358 Lonsdale Street, Level 1
1800 760 070

Catch the lift to Level 1 in Mitchell House for a great collection of old and new vinyl. 

Wax Museum
250 Flinders St., Selina Basement 
0451 216 310

Tucked underground at Flinders St Station, Wax Museum has been spinning the discs since 2006. 

Room 808/809, Level 8, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St 
[email protected]

A vinyl store dedicated to underground music found in a minimalist studio in the Nicholas Building.


Thornbury Records
374 High St. Northcote 
[email protected]

Northcote's iconic record store, fully stocked with vinyl, CDs, record players and accessories. 

Rathdowne Records
230 High St. Northcote 
(03) 9482 4213

One of Melbourne's best spots for jazz, funk and hip-hop, now on High Street in Northcote. 

Goldmine Records
355 St Georges Rd., Fitzroy North 
(03) 8529 2561

Originally opened in 1992, Goldmine has an eclectic collection and plenty of hi-fi accessories. 

Strangeworld Records
355 St Georges Rd., Fitzroy North 
(03) 8529 2561

Strangeworld specialises in the myriad styles of punk rock, stocking old and new vinyls plus band tees.

The Searchers
93 Smith St., Fitzroy 
(03) 9939 0096

The Searchers stocks everything from soul and funk to post-punk and African new wave. One of Melbourne's best. 

Sound Merch
64 Oxford St., Collingwood 
(03) 9046 1951

Sound Merch features a 2000-strong collection, mostly built around Aussie indie rock, metal and punk. 

Wah Wah Records
196 Smith St, Collingwood 
0492 222 937

Northsiders are fond of this stalwart record store selling new and second hand vinyls. 

Round and Round Records
556 Sydney Rd., Brunswick 
(03) 9380 5095

Run by three of the best in the business, Round and Round covers just about every genre out there. 

Muscle Shoals Records
504 Lygon St. Brunswick East 
0492 973 442

Vinyl specialty store that also sells amps and speakers. 

Oh! Jean Records
276 Nicholson St., Fitzroy
(03) 9416 4768

Going strong since 2016, this is the place for emerging Australian and New Zealand artists. 

Record Paradise
159 Sydney Rd., Brunswick
(03) 9388 9056
record paradise.com.au

The best spot on Sydney Road to just hang out and chat tunes. Really welcoming atmosphere. 

Profile Music
147 Greville St., Prahran
0439 908 852

Run by the legendary Steve Giardina, Profile has an incredible collection of rare, second-hand pressings. 

HUB301 Records
301 Johnston St., Melbourne
(03) 9419 3333

Melbourne's unofficial home of techno, disco and soul. Three listening stations have got you covered. 

Vinyl Space
119A Johnston St., Collingwood
0415 640 520

Second-hand vinyl, CD's cassettes and heaps more. This one's a passion project from local Mick Smajdor. 

Plug Seven
313A Smith St., Fitzroy
0415 820 896

An absolute treasure trove. 10,000+ original pressings, most flown in from overseas by owner Ari Rose. 

Alley Tunes
8/660A Glenferrie Rd., Hawthorn
(03) 9819 9449

Open from 7am since 1994. You can't beat those credentials. Alley Tunes specialises in house and techno.


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