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Top 11 Record Stores in Berlin

Vinyl is Cult: New Pressings & Rarities

Friedrichshain, Boxhagener Platz
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

For some it's nostalgia, for others it's cult: in any case, it's a completely different feeling to operate the needle of the record player than simply pressing play on your smartphone. For all friends of vinyl and good music, we have selected 11 very special record shops. Our tips for collectors, DJs and music fans of all genres - here you'll find rarities, new pressings and everything that goes with them.

Tip 1: POP - The Record Shop

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Anhörstation im Plattenladen © GettyImages, Foto: HEX

Good records, good people: nowhere else in Berlin does pop stand for pop culture more than in this charming record shop on Yorkstraße. You'll find selected good and well-preserved vinyl records here. Real pop fans support the owner's mission with a small membership fee. This way you become part of a network that continues the discourse on pop culture, including small parties, sessions and exhibitions. Also on Yorck Street is Legacy, a street art shop. At the Legacy Wall in the adjacent Gleisdreieckpark you can see a piece of street art being created almost every day.

Where: Yorckstraße 52, Kreuzberg

When: Monday - Friday 12 pm - 7pm, Saturday 12 pm - 6 pm

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Tip 2: Dodo Beach

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Plattenladen: Vinyl für Sammler © GettyImages, Foto: Ross Anania

Dodo Beach East is considered the oldest record shop in East Berlin.  From freshly imported discs, including some harder stories for hardcore and post-rock fans, you can find pretty much all genres here, including hip hop, and world music - and of course numerous second-hand treasures. There is now a shop in Prenzlauer Berg and one in Schöneberg, and of course you can also browse online. There are now over 30,000 discs in the catalogue. You can get tickets for the big and small gigs in our beautiful city through Dodo Tickets. You can also find out who's playing in our event calendar.

Where: Dodo Beach, Vorbergstrasse 8, Schöneberg and also in Prenzlauer Berg.

When: every Monday - Saturday, 1 pm - 6pm

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Tip 3: Ghosttown Records

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Plattenladen in New York © GettyImages, Foto: Cavan Images

If you like punk, reggae - and all its subgenres - you should definitely check out Ghosttown Records. New wave, rocksteady, proto-punk, wave. The small shop with the Western-style lettering offers a good selection of originals and reissues, LPs as well as 7inches. Hey ho, Let's Go!

Where: Holteistaße 12, Friedrichshain

When: Monday- Friday, 1 pm - 7 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 6 pm

Friedrichshain-kreuzberg

Tip 4: Groove Records SO36

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Auswahl im Plattenladen © GettyImages, Foto: Liudmila Chernetska

For almost four decades, Groove Records has been supplying the city with the finest grooves and hot rhythms from Kreuzberg. Rock, electronic, funk & soul, imported and local, as well as beautiful rarities from the jazz and classical fields. Have fun browsing!

Where: Pücklerstraße 36, Kreuzberg

When: Monday - Friday, 12 pm  - 8 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 6 pm

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Tip 5: Soultrade

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Stöbern im Plattenladen © GettyImages, Foto: Liudmila Chernetska

As the name already promises, you will find selected discs from the areas of soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, downbeat, Afro, Brazil, disco, boogie and African music - in fact, everything that is suitable for swinging your hips with your dancing feet. From original rarities to new pressings, you can discover a lot of exciting things here across all soul eras.

Where: Sanderstraße 29, Kreuzberg

When: Monday - Friday, 12 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 11 pm - 6 pm

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Tip 6:  Hard Wax

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Hard Wax Record Store in Berlin © Hard Wax

DJ Hell and others took care of distribution here in the good old days. Even today, the record shop, which opened in Kreuzberg in 1989, is an institution when it comes to techno and house in Berlin. Like the legendary Berlin club Tresor, Hard Wax was part of the Berlin-Detroit axis that was responsible for the regular exchange of musicians and techno scene between the two cities in the 90s. New, old and rarities can also be found in the online store, mostly in vinyl form, some of which can be downloaded directly.
 
Where: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, Kreuzberg
 
When: Monday - Saturday, 3 pm - 8 pm

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Tip 7: Wowsville Record

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Wowsville Plattenladen © Oihane Follones

From New York City straight to Berlin. For five years, Wowsville peddled the finest rock'n'roll records from the premises of a former chocolate shop in the East Village. Since 2006, Wowsville has been the meeting place for fans of rock and rockabilly in Kreuzberg. Over a coffee or a drink you can talk about the latest records and gigs. And there's free WiFi too! 

Where: Ohlauer Straße 33, Kreuzberg

When: Monday - Saturday, 2 pm - 8 pm

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Tip 8: Coretex Records

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Plattenladen: Vinyl und mehr © GettyImages, Foto: PictureNet

Berlin's home port for hardcore and punk is probably the only shop in the city where you can still find demo tapes on good old music cassettes. But Coretex is not just retro. There is simply a very comprehensive offer here, ranging from music on every conceivable sound carrier to DVDs & Blu-Rays to fanzines & books to clothes, shoes, skateboards, a large band shop for fans and of course their own merchandise. And of course, tickets for the hardest and fastest concerts in town are also available. Not far away is the Bethanien, also known from the Rauchhaus song by Rio Reiser and his band Ton Steine Scherben. Today you can see changing exhibitions here in the art room.

Where: Oranienstraße 3, Kreuzberg

When: Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 8 pm

Rio Reiser

Tip 9: 33rmp Store

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Gruppe beim Stöbern im Plattenladen © GettyImages, Foto: Rawpixel

You will probably look in vain for the current bestsellers at 33rmp, but you can discover real rarities here, including one or two previously unrecognised or unknown records. Turkish funk, techno and electronic dance music, but also funk, dub, jazz or indie are on the programme here. You'll also find many clubs and bars on Wrangelstraße. Perfect for a nice evening with good music!

Where: Wrangelstrasse 95, Kreuzberg

When: Wednesday, 2 pm - 7 pm, Thursday and Friday, 12 pm - 7 pm, Saturday 12 pm - 6 pm

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Tip 10: Holy’s Hit Records

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Stöbern im Plattenladen © GettyImages, Foto: Peeradon Warithkorasuth

Bargain hunters, this one is for you: At Holy's Hit Records in the basement in the beautiful Bergmannkiez, there are always a few boxes of cheap records starting at 2 euros. New ones are added almost daily. Friends of rock and independent, punk, soul, jazz and blues will find what they are looking for. Various singer-songwriters as well as Krautrock, Alternative, Reggae, HipHop, soundtracks and records from Eastern Europe also line the tables and shelves.

Where: Solmsstraße 33, Kreuzberg

When: Wednesday - Friday, 1 pm - 7 pm, Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm

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Tip 11: HHV Store Berlin

Friedrichshain, Boxhagener Platz
Plattenladen am Boxhagener Platz © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

HHV stands for HipHop Vinyl Store. Since the end of the 90s, the address for imported US hip hop on vinyl. In the meantime, the range has been expanded to include German rap, reggae/dancehall and many other genres. There are also sneakers, streetwear, DJ equipment and everything that makes vinyl fans happy. One highlight is the nine listening stations.

Where: Grünberger Straße 54, Friedrichshain

When: Monday - Saturday, 12 pm - 8 pm

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