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7 Awesome Hong Kong vinyl stores

We round up Hong Kong's best places to get your dose of black gold

Cherry Chan
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Cherry Chan
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Time Out Hong Kong
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Vinyl has been enjoying a resurgence for quite some time now, with seemingly everyone and his dog now owning a record player. Big record chains in cities across the globe are now dedicating an ever-growing area to what enthusiasts call 'black gold'.

Here in Hong Kong, we have a fine selection of places where wax heads – and those who are new to the world of vinyl – can experience records, whether buying or just listening to their characteristically warm, rich sound through high-end sound systems. Whether planning to go digging in the crates or just looking for some artsy inspiration, here are some of our city's very best record stores.

RECOMMENDED: If you want more music recommendations, check out our list of Hong Kong’s best underground artists you should listen to.

Where to find vinyl in Hong Kong

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  • Lamma Island

Who would have thought that a cool place like this would be in the outlying islands? Nestled between seafood diners and cafes is Lamma Vinyl Record Store, a used record store full of hidden gems. Aside from vinyl records, you can also find old CDs, DVDs, and even cassette tapes. Its owner, Ming, is more than happy to share the history and stories behind his collection of vinyls to any curious customers. If you’re looking to sell your records, Lamma Vinyl Record Store also allows customers to bring in their records and have them appraised.

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  • Wan Chai

One of Hong Kong’s unique independent music and video shops, Rock Gallery has curated their music selection since 1984 from countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Browse through an extensive collection of CDs and vinyl records ranging from  music genres like rock and roll, blues, jazz, and pop.

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  • Yau Ma Tei

An audiophile's oasis, Kubrick offers customers a relaxed listening space and cafe for those with an appreciation of an eclectic range of records. You can find a large selection of releases by Taiwanese and Chinese bands, so grab a coffee, drop by and drop a needle.

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  • Sham Shui Po

Tucked away in a Sham Shui Po residential building is the whopping treasure trove that is Ah Paul's record collection. In a small, cosy space, Paul has stacked to the roof boxes upon boxes of records from vinyl's heyday in the 70s and 80s, spanning all genres for the discerning ear. Rummage through his impressive collection and immerse yourself in a vinyl-lover’s paradise. For more information, check out our interview with Vinyl Hero owner Paul Au.

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  • Sham Shui Po

Are you a fan of obscure music? Check out White Noise Records, a local haven for quality alternative music and live performance events with a large indie following. You're guaranteed to get lost in a world of addictive sounds, with gritty selections ranging from old soul to heavy metal and electro-pop.

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  • Mong Kok

Don’t overlook this quaint little shop in Mong Kok – it holds a reputable collection of both classic and modern musical favourites, with a focus on European indie music. Not only does this store sell popular records, but it also hosts live shows and music festivals, so you can see the music come to life.

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  • Central

Standing in a prime location just a few steps from the Mid-level escalators, this unassuming record shop prides itself on selling brand-new vinyl at very competitive prices. Although carrying a lot of mainstream pop, hip-hop and rock, they also cater to fans of jazz and funk. Head to their Facebook page to see their weekly updates on which vinyl records are available for pre-ordering.

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Thanks to mega-popular groups like Mirror and Collar, Cantopop has been on the rise in Hong Kong. But aside from the pop genre, subcultures within Cantonese music have also been growing in popularity. If your go-to music playlist needs some updating, here are some of Hong Kong’s hottest underground artists that you should check out. 

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