Vinyl records have become a real topic of discussion in recent years. The old format has gone through an impressive and noticeable revival, with many new albums being put on vinyl—as well as a number of reissues of classic ones. For some people this is fantastic—this is how music is meant to be heard. For others, it is a pretentious waste of money for music snobs, who pretend to hear an imaginary difference between vinyl and CD. Whichever side you are on, Stockholm has embraced the trend and has a number of fantastic vinyl shops. These are ten of the very best Sweden’s capital has to offer.
One of the coolest record shops in all of Stockholm in one of the city’s coolest locations, the island of Sodermalm is hipster central, so it is no surprise that there are many fantastic record shops there. Pet Sounds sells both new and used vinyl with a great range that covers the vast majority of genres. Their Swedish music collection is particularly notable. They often hold events and signings so make sure to check out their Facebook for listings. It is reportedly one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite spots in the city.
Pet Sounds, Skånegatan 53, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8702 97 98
Open since 1984, Record Hunter does not pretend to be the flashiest or most glamorous of stores—rather, it prides itself on being a place that values substance over style. Their collection is near unrivaled, as is their desire to please customers. They are happy to take requests for rare vinyls and then they work tirelessly to find them. They have traveled to the United States and across Europe to find special vinyls. You can feel the commitment and passion the second you step in.
Record Hunter, Sankt Eriksgatan 70, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 832 20 23