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The 100 best shops in Paris – Record stores

Where to buy rare and exciting music in Paris

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Ten addresses to set you spinning

La Source

La Source, the brainchild of Xavier Ehrestmann (of My Electro Kitchen fame), is one of a select few Parisian record shops entirely dedicated to electro and dance music. All manner of labels are represented here – you're as likely to find an obscure British dubstep EP from 2006 as the latest Chicago house or French electro releases; you need only spot the many DJs among the shop's clientele to understand that rarity and variety...

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République

Fargo Store

Fargo, with its wooden windows and neon lights, wouldn’t look out of place in San Francisco. It’s got a USA feel inside too (despites being a stone’s throw from the Canal Saint-Martin), with collections that cover ‘country’ music and all its forms (rock, pop, folk and new-wave). The shop’s only been around since 2010, but it’s got good connections...

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11th arrondissement

Souffle Continu

Opened in 2008, Souffle Continu quickly became one of the musical stars of the neighbourhood thanks to its owners, Bernard and Théo, a pair passionate about vinyl and obsessed with discovering the newest releases, while never forgetting the fundamentals. From jazz improv to harsh noise, from indie rock to black metal...

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11th arrondissement

Born Bad

Now here’s a record shop not to miss – Born Bad – a rock ‘n’ roll central with its own label that has signed excellent French rock groups like ‘Cheveu’, ‘Magnetix’ and ‘Yussuf Jerusalem’. But aside from its own bands, the shop also offers an array of cool sound, from punk and 70s rock ‘n’ roll, to blues and hardcore. There’s even a special rockabilly and 50’s section filled with the gems of days gone by...

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11th arrondissement

Plus de bruit

Jean-Paul has been running Plus de Bruit for 17 years, and is an unmistakable figure in the neighbourhood – his store is always full of regulars come to see what’s new in stock since their last visit. A rare pressing of a Standells compilation, indie rock vinyl from the ’90s, French punk bands… you can spend hours rummaging for treasure in the racks, which you’ll usually end up getting for a more than reasonable price...

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9th arrondissement

Walrus

Like its mammalian namesake, Walrus is something of a rarity in Paris: a record shop that doubles up as​ a bar-cum-café. The concept is rooted in necessity: record sales just don't pay the rent nowadays. To judge by its spacious layout and gleaming fittings, Walrus seems designed with the coffee-drinking flâneur in mind; the impressive range of rock and indie LPs notwithstanding, people mostly come here to chat and chill rather than jam. ...

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

Music Please

As welcoming as it is well-stocked, Music Please has been selling quality vinyl to the Belleville locals for nigh on a decade now. As with any good generalist record store, the collection runs the gamut of genres, from old-school hip hop to prog rock. Vinyl dominates, but iPod-owning Millennials are catered for with CDs and associated hardware. Running through it all is an emphasis on quality albums picked by staff, and sold at reasonable prices – as the personable owner tells us, 'This isn't an art gallery.' Quite right: Music Please is a decent, unpretentious music store, and all the better for it.

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Canal Saint Martin

L'International Records

Any self-respecting Parisian or well-informed tourist will have checked out a free gig or two at L'International, linchping of the capital's rock scene. And anyone who's been there will jump at the news that the bar's owners have opened a record shop a few houses down the legendary Rue Moret. Unsurprisingly, it's a lovingly curated affair, the vast collection (both new and second-hand) taking in everything from wispy folk to heavy noise. The friendly staff will guide you through the maze with personalised recommendations, and two listening booths are on hand to help you make up your mind. Our only quibble is the higher-than-average prices; but it's hard to begrudge a couple of euros to the guys who put on free concerts next door.

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Oberkampf

Exodisc

You could spend hours in Exodisc on rue du Mont Cenis, a record shop run by ex-pat Larry, whose encyclopedic knowledge of rock music has been practically unrivalled in the city for the last 30 years. Amid the rows of records and CDs you’ll find everything from the Rolling Stones and Death in Vegas to underground groups like Wooden Shjips and obscure krautrockers Cluster. Any questions about what to buy – just ask Larry (or his wife Dominique, also in the shop). They make a point of listening to their stock so that they can offer proper advice to music lovers looking for something new.

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18th arrondissement

Music Fear Satan

Nicolas started selling stuff online in 2004: new releases, all in genres that make neighbours hammer on the walls – doom, sludge, noise rock, death and black metal, etc. Then, tiring of hawking his wares from his sofa, he raised some capitl and opened Music Fear Satan at the end of 2010. When asked if it wasn’t a little risky in the current economic climate, he replies frankly that he never knew the golden age of records, and that he knows very well that he’s started ‘with both feet in the shit’. The mire looks pretty good, though – around 25 square metres devoted to metal and its derivatives (the Relapse label is well-represented), but also new indie rock releases. Vinyl rubs shoulders peaceably with CDs, and anyone broke with still find some good sale items and old 45s. As well as the shop and the mail-order business, Music Fear Satan has founded a label that’s managed a dozen releases, including from Pneu and Austrasian Goat.

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Charonne

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Illogicall m
Illogicall m

there s also illogicall music 63 rue blanche 75009 paris   www.illogicall-music.fr   pop: rock  jazz collectors and vynils

Where I can find record show with electronic music (techno , minimal,tech-house) ?

jmmslmmusics
jmmslmmusics

Hi , you forgot one of the best Timeless Vinyls Rue de Turenne 75003

Seb
Seb

Ground Zero. 23 rue Sainte Marthe. 75010.

Paul
Paul

Hey, you missed Crocodisc near La Sorbonne University!

Nico
Nico

Betino's record shop & Patate records too !! 75011