For you hipsters, music lovers and vinyl collectors, don’t overlook Santiago as a city to bring up-and-coming and classic vinyl from all over the world to your doorstep. Possibly the most exciting places to scavenge for cheap, unknown, and obscure Latin records would be Barrio Italia and El Persa Bio-Bio, while the shops tend to have new and old releases that are first-hand. Once you’ve exhausted all these shops, keep an eye out for regular events held by Santiago en Vinilo.
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With a wide range of vinyl to be searched for in store, make sure that you keep an eye out for their promotions on their social networks, where they often offer discounted vinyl. They also have a collection of turntables and turntable accessories in store if you’re looking to upgrade your kit.
Hunt through the bargain section where old vinyl is sold for a luca (CLP$1,000), or if you’re searching for something in particular, the new records vary from Latin and Chilean music to black music, folk and blues, as well as classic, rock and pop sections. Or visit them online to see their current discounted vinyl.
For a rather more eclectic mix of unusual and alternative records, head to Sonar. It’s one of the most treasured locations for any music lover in Santiago, boasting the absolute classics like David Bowie and The Beatles to more underground genres. This is not just a record store – you can also purchase films, books, and CDs, although the vinyl is the highlight.
El Discotecario is known for exhibiting at one end classic rock, and moving through the genres covering blues and indie-pop and veering towards modern electronic music. The records are usually well-priced, and El Discotecariois becoming a household name for those trading vinyl in Santiago, so you should definitely drop by.
Found within the glam Parque Arauco shopping complex is this great record store, offering a wide selection of vinyl from rock and pop artists, such as Michael Jackson, REM and Iron Maiden, as well as Latin music and of course some jazz and blues. Although the price tags may be a little higher than other places, they are the records you really must have in your collection.
All of Funtracks’ vinyl is categorised by genre, and whether you’re in the market for some blues, hard rock, grunge or punk, there are some surprises hidden away here. They have two turntables, so take a spin of whatever you’ve uncovered.
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Just a stone’s throw from Sonar and Funtracks is this store, aptly named, hopefully, so you’ll find whatever you’ve been looking for. This record store is linked with the fashionable SONIK clothing store.