Independent shops, Record shops, "Edinburgh"
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Avalanche5 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HY
Tiny, near-legendary record shop specialising in new and used indie and alternative vinyl and CDs. An essential part of the Edinburgh muso experience, with a great selection of local acts - Postcard Records, in particular, are brilliantly represented.
VoxBox Music21 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AN
Opened in May 2011, this carefully curated record shop aims for a boutique feel, with a selection focused mainly on rock, jazz, blues and indie LPs and singles, almost all pre-owned vinyl, with some CDs and books. Future plans include branching into new…
Coda Music12 Bank Street, On the Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LN
Handily situated right in the middle of tourist heaven on the crest of the Mound, this tiny store lays claim to the biggest selection of folk and traditional music in Scotland. Hoots!
Elvis Shakespeare347 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SD
As the name bringing together two of the world's great icons suggests, this much loved Leith Walk institution treats music and literature as equals. Something for everyone, from country music to literary criticism, and Irish poetry to metal. Prices…
Vinyl Villains5 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Continuing the city's proud tradition of record shops with alliterative names, this dark, brilliant and slightly haphazard collection of second hand vinyl and CDs was recently namechecked in Sunshine on Leith, the Proclaimers musical. Staff are famously…
The Record Shak69 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
Simple, basic and excellent wee record shop with absolutely no attitude, selling a great selection of blues, rock, folk, reggae and jazz, mostly second hand. Will occasionally buy records too.
McAlister Matheson Music1 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AT
This friendly city centre record shop may have grown into Scotland's largest independent classical CD specialist, but there's still a homespun touch to proceedings. All the staff are trained classical musicians themselves, knowledgeable and passionate…
Underground Solu'shn9 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
Keeping Cockburn Street's bass a-thumping, this hip wee store peddles electronica to most of the city's serious DJs. Also great on off-beat gifts. For DJs. That's okay. DJs need gifts too.
Hog's Head Music62 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PS
Muso paradise indeed. This grungy second-hand store is full of rare CDs and DVDs, collectable box sets and T-shirts. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the windows are crammed with rarities, and there's a great trade-in policy.
Hilary's Bazaar297 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8BD
This incense-scented store scattered with ethnic statues, rare world dance CDs and beautiful, fairly-traded accessories, has been running for many years now and has long been a haunt of the city's alternative lifestyle practitioners, and eco-aware…