5 Record-Hunting In 5 Cities

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETURN FROM HOLIDAY WITH SOME VINTAGE VINYL TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION? DON’T WORRY IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. WE’VE ALREADY FOUND A FEW PLACES FOR YOU.

One of Istanbul’s most dynamic and bustling districts, Taksim is a good place to hunt for secondhand vinyl records. Practically any street you turn into will have a small shop whose shelves you’ll want to check out. You can find disco and funk at Mandala Müzik Evi near Galatasaray. And you’re sure to want to take a look at Deform Music’s 5,000-piece 60’s classic rock and 80’s indie collection. Jazz and classical music buffs should definitely stop at Opus 3A.

Not all that far apart, Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg are the first stop for record-hunters. You will come across several record dealers on even a short stroll around Kastanienallee, Prenzlauer Berg’s famous square. In Kreuzberg, where prices are more attractive, you can stop at Hardwax and Scratch Records. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in either of these areas, try your luck at Mr Dead and Mrs Free in Schöneberg. In addition to recordings, most of the shops also carry accessories like record boxes.

Rome
The dealer you’re looking for could be in one of the streets east of the Tiber, so you may want to have a look at Goody Music Sri on Via Cesare Beccaria or Messaggerie Musicali in the Via de Corso. The area around the Basilica de Santa Maria Maggiore a little closer to the center is another place you may want to look; Transmission and Radiation Records are the big names here. If you’re lucky, there’s a good chance you may also come across some surprise live performances.

Although quite spread-out, Binnenstad is an ideal place to start. Whatever part of the area you may be in, you’re sure to find a record shop to look in. Don’t neglect to stop at Waxwell Records and Rush Hour Records in the central part of Binnenstad. If you are lower down, you can have a look at Amstel Antiques, Concerto and Second Life Music. With a selection from the fifties to the eighties, Amsterdam is a record buffs’ paradise.

Prague
To find the record dealers you’re looking for in Prague, all you have to do is take a brief spin around Narodni Trina. It won’t take you long at all to find a place selling records among the music shops scattered around this district. You can stop, for example, at Disko Duck near the statute of Charles IV in the Old Town. Whether you prefer to make your choice in the Old Town or New Town, you’re sure to come across a little shop you want to browse.

London
The small, dimly lit shops may be just the place to get to know tekno and indie music as well as the standard British music classics. Flashback Records and Haggle Vinyl on Essex Road could be a good place to start. And it’s hard to come back empty-handed from the famous Portobello Road Market at Notting Hill. If you happen to go Soho, be sure to stop at BM Soho and Sister Ray. Their extensive collections and helpful personnel may turn your record search into a moment all its own.