LPs in all genres have made a huge comeback in recent years, and their popularity keeps increasing. Everyone from professional DJs to ordinary music listeners choose the vinyl format over streaming services and regularly visit Stockholm’s record stores in search of new finds.
Find great record stores in Stockholm
Are you looking for used vinyl records in Stockholm? Or do you want to get a newly released record for your collection? No matter what you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find the LP you’re looking for in one of Stockholm’s record stores. Rock, pop, soul, punk, disco, classical – everything is here. And if you can’t visit them on site, many also have good online stores where you can check out the range and order records. (And of course, many of them also have CDs if that’s more your thing.)
You can find most of Stockholm’s record stores in Södermalm and Vasastan (Sankt Eriksgatan is undoubtedly the city’s most vinyl-filled street), but they are also found in other areas of the city. What they all have in common is that they’re run by people who love music just as much as you do. To help you find the right one in your hunt for vinyl records (or CDs), we have created the guide to Stockholm’s best record stores.
The store is often crowded (it has plenty of regulars), and over the years, it has had several famous guests, including Quentin Tarantino, who called Pet Sounds the best record store in the world. Not a bad rating – and even if you’re not on the hunt for a record, it’s well worth a visit just to soak up the lovely atmosphere. It’s as much a social meeting point – like a living room – for music lovers as it’s a record store. In addition to vinyl, there are plenty of books, magazines, and CDs, and of course, everything can also be ordered in Pet Sounds’ webshop.
Skånegatan 53, Södermalm
One of the reasons customers appreciate Solna Skivbörs is that the store constantly gets new records. The shop has a high turnover – nothing sits around gathering dust for years; the products that come in are sold immediately to make room for new ones. In other words, you can find lots of new stuff every time you come. No particular genre dominates the record bins – you can find every style of music imaginable. However, the best sellers are hard rock and the great timeless artists. Every Sunday during the warmer months of the year, you’ll also find Kristian at Hötorget’s flea market where you can bargain-hunt second-hand records.
If you’re considering selling your record collection, you can have it valued in the shop or at your home. And a big advantage of Solna Skivbörs is that they buy all your records regardless of genre – CD, LP, and DVD.
Specializing in older vinyl, you can often find limited edition records and rarities. And if you’re keen to find a particular vinyl record, the knowledgeable and dedicated staff will do everything they can to hunt it down for you. After all, there’s a reason they’re called Record Hunter.
Mickes Serier, CD & Vinyl
Mickes Serier, CD & Vinyl is run, as the name reveals, by Micke, who’s passionate about music and is one of Sweden’s most knowledgeable in used vinyl records. Here you can browse everything from progressive rock and punk to disco and classical. And everything in between. There are about 40,000 titles in the enormous selection, and a couple of thousand new items arrive every week. If you need guidance, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you find your way. If you have some old records lying around, you can also sell used LPs. Stop by, browse the record boxes, talk some music – it’s easy to enjoy yourself here.
Långholmsgatan 20, Södermalm
Långholmsgatan 13, Södermalm
Snickars Records is also an experienced player when it comes to online record stores, where they have been operating since 2005. New items are added to both the physical store and the online daily, and in addition to used (and several new) vinyl records, you can buy DJ equipment and merchandise. You can also watch DJs play live gigs (usually Saturdays), enjoy in-store record releases, and find rarities at special record collection sales.
The Golden Oldies Shop
The store opened in 1977, and back then, it was Scandinavia’s first specialized record store for collectors. The owner Jan-Erik Ekblom, a former DJ known for his encyclopedic knowledge of music, has contacts all over the world, so if he doesn’t have what you’re looking for, just let him know and he’ll probably find it. The Golden Oldies Shop is the place for the serious collector – but those just starting your collection are more than welcome. And if you can’t visit the store, there is also a webshop.
When it comes to music, Nostalgipalatset offers vinyl only, and there are plenty of obscure gems mixed with the mainstream in every genre you can think of (you can also sell your vinyl records here). The staff is very helpful, and when you’ve browsed through the countless racks of records in the main store, you can also check out Trash Palace next door. There it’s hard rock, punk, and new wave all the way.
The range is wide and comprehensive (there is much more than can fit in the store). Jazz, soul, rock, hip hop, R&B, reggae, Latin, Afro, ambient, house, techno… you’ll find a lot. Both new and old. And if you can’t drop by Record Mania, you can order the records you want in their online store with worldwide deliveries.
In other words, the room is jam-packed with vinyl and a vintage record paradise, whether you’re looking for well-known artists or rarer vinyl gems.
At Hot Records, you can also get accessories for your record collection (plastic pockets, inner bags, frames for LP cases, etc.), and they have a good selection of music on DVD and Bluray. So if you’re lucky, you can find your favorite concert in video format. Head for Solna the next time it’s time to fill up your record collection!
Over the years, the store has bought some of the largest and most expensive record collections in Sweden, and today it has customers worldwide. The website is very simple, but you can check out the store’s selection on Discogs. Andra Jazz is also one of the few stores in Sweden that’s a part of Discogs’ Platinum Sellers, a seal of quality.
The shop is part of the music company Sound Pollution. Since the early 1990s, it has been a hub for people who enjoy extreme and alternative music. “Independent music for independent people,” as they describe it themselves. If you are looking for merch, Sound Pollution also has a large selection of exclusive and official merchandise from many of the artists and record labels the company collaborates with.
Are you looking for a record store in Stockholm city? Then Bengans on Drottninggatan – Stockholm’s main shopping street – is a natural choice. In this branch of Gothenburg’s classic record store, you can buy both vinyl and CDs in all genres, and there’s also a large selection of DVD and Bluray films as well as merchandise.
Today, Bengans is one of the few record stores in Stockholm that sells new records, but you can also browse among used records. If you’re lucky, you can also experience live music because the store regularly arranges gigs.
Besides offering top-notch record players and other equipment, the Vinylbutiken is also something as unusual as a record store in Östermalm. The range is smaller than the competitors but very well sorted. In addition, they offer the Vinyl emergency, where you can get help restoring LPs that have been scratched or have other problems.
Have fun vinyl hunting in Stockholm’s best record stores
There you have our guide to Stockholm’s best record stores where you can find everything from newly released vinyl records to used LP records and rare gems. We hope you’ll find the right record shop for you!
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