You can rummage around forever at Distortion in the Jordaan. Owner Amond Spee has been giving music advice for 25 years. You’ll have to squeeze, step and dive through the boxes and crates to find what you are looking for, but that's part of the fun. Amond sells new and used vinyl as well as collector’s items. Music genres vary widely, from 90s house to dubstep, drum'n'bass, punk and many indie artists like Björk and The Ramones.
Distortion Records, Westerstraat 244
A great record shop that has been going for almost 25 years, 15 of which (if not more) have been on the bustling Ferdinand Bolstraat. The posters hanging on the walls and the orange furniture create a nostalgic retro atmosphere that will make you want to stay all day. Record Mania has so much stock they can't display it all at once, so ask the staff if you're looking for something special.
Record Mania, Ferdinand Bolstraat 30
Welcome to second-hand vinyl heaven in the heart of the Jordaan. The shop has been at this address for 15 years and it sells lots of records from Amsterdam singers: think folk heroes like André Hazes and Johnny Jordaan. You'll also find German pop, French classics and world music from Putumayo. Or, if your collection is complete, pick up a postcard featuring a movie star from the good old days to get brownie points with your grandmother.
Discostars Records, Haarlemmerdijk 86
Red Light Records
The City of Amsterdam decided to close some of the windows in the red-light district a couple of years ago, replacing them with things like record stores. Red Light Records sells a great assortment of new and second-hand vinyl, some of which is donated by regular customers. Red Light Radio is broadcast from the same building and don't forget to visit the neighbours, Vintage Voudou, which specialises in Caribbean music.
Red Light Records, Oudekerksplein 22, ring the buzzer.
The oldest record shop in Amsterdam, Concerto has been on the Utrechtsestraat since 1955. Well-known and beloved, this is a must for serious vinyl collectors. Concerto has become more than just a record shop, it's an institution in Amsterdam. As well as hunting for LPs, you can also hear regular performances by artists. And after you have found that limited-edition gem, you can relax with a coffee at the store's own café.
Concerto, Utrechtsestraat 52-60
Feel like soaking up some Caribbean atmosphere? Cycle to the Paleisstraat behind Dam Square to browse the record store decked out in gold foil. As well as Caribbean music, Zap Records also sell funk, South African house, heavy metal and much more. You can listen to everything to your heart’s content in the basement downstairs.
Zap Records, Paleisstraat 137
At the end of the 80s, Arthur Conley, a soul singer from Baltimore, came to Amsterdam and started Backbeat Records. There are always musicians in the shop to answer all your questions. Want to know more about soul, funk, jazz, blues or afrobeat? Drop by for coffee or a beer while you hunt around for treasured records by Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees and Pat Benatar.
Backbeat Records, Egelantiersstraat 19
Fancy a break on the quiet side of the city centre? At Black Gold you can happily dig through the collection while you enjoy a cup of White Label coffee. They sell soul, funk and 90s hip-hop. It's also an ideal spot for listening to music - small concerts, DJ sessions and temporary exhibitions are organised here too.
Black Gold, Korte Koningsstraat 13
In the same neighbourhood, Record Friend on St. Antoniebreestraat is not to be missed. The first thing you'll spot in the shop window is a spinning banana by Andy Warhol - it's the company logo and an album cover by The Velvet Underground. You can score lots of second-hand records here from rock to pop, jazz, new wave and classical.
Record Friend, St. Antoniesbreestraat 64
This is one of the longest-running record shops in Amsterdam as owner Jan van Dorsten opened the doors in 1988. The shop can be found opposite music venue Paradiso and has three floors packed with records. As well as second-hand vinyl, you can also get signed special editions. You’ll find music from almost all genres, from pop to rock, 60s, 70s, 80s, reggae to soul, new wave and punk. Fun fact: you can sometimes spot musicians playing at Paradiso here before their gig.
Record Palace, Weteringschans 33-A
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