The 100 best shops in Paris – Record stores

Where to buy rare and exciting music in Paris

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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...

  1. 46 rue Albert Thomas, 10e
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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...

  1. 42 rue de la Folie-Méricourt, 11e
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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...

  1. 22 rue Gerbier, 11e
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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...

  1. 17 rue Keller, 11e
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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...

  1. 35 rue de la Rochefoucauld, 9e
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Bimbo Tower

Welcome to the world of ‘Weird’ – the musical Mecca of anyone looking for obscure and rare sound. Quite how the owners of Bimbo Tower have managed to cram so many bizarre CDs and records (think experimental Japanese electro, Slovakian film music, Chinese dub-step) into just 20m2 remains a mystery...

  1. 5 passage Saint-Antoine, 11e
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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

  1. 5 rue Jean Moinon, 10e
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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

  1. 12 rue Moret, 11e
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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

  1. 70 rue du Mont-Cenis, 18e
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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

  1. 4 bis rue Richard Lenoir, 11e
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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