Now Spinning: Seattle's Top Record Stores

Vinyl lovers have plenty of spots to scour for new releases and old treasures.

Whatever brings you to the Puget Sound, your trip will have a great soundtrack. Seattle is a city of music and you'll hear it everywhere, whether local buskers are belting out a tune, the next big star is opening at a small club or a quaint cafe is cranking out the hottest jams. Why not find something for your own collection while you're here? Clear your calendar and get lost in the incredible selections of some of the city's hippest record stores.

Silver Platters

With three locations in the area, Silver Platters has the goods to satisfy your music needs close-at-hand no matter where you find yourself! Check the website for the most current information about in-store performances and sales. SoDo, 2930 First Ave. S, 206.283.3472; Northgate, 9560 First Ave. NE, 206.524.3472; Bellevue, 2616 Bellevue Way NE, 425.643.3472

Porchlight Coffee and Records

Need a dose of Seattle brew during your musical holiday? Capitol Hill’s Porchlight Coffee and Records serves Herkimer Coffee alongside some delicious pastries—including Mighty-O Donuts. This cool Capitol Hill space is even available to rent for events. 1517 14th Ave.

Sonic Boom Records

This notable store has featured in-store performances from such acts as Lykke Li and Joseph Arthur in its spacious Ballard setting. You can even pick up concert tickets for select venues from Sonic Boom Records while browsing their extensive selection! 2209 NW Market St., 206.297.2666

 Easy Street Records, Seattle

Easy Street Records

Found in the Alaska Junction in West Seattle, Easy Street Records features a café space that doubles as a concert area for its many in-store performances. Stop in for a hot band, some hot vinyl or a hot breakfast—we recommend the James Browns. 4559 California Ave. SW, 206.938.3279

Georgetown Records

Located next to partners in crime Fantagraphics Books, Georgetown Records features a wide range of genres. You won’t find many CDs here, as they carry only local acts outside of their vinyl stock, but you just might meet a rock star or two, as they beef up their personal collections. 1201 S. Vale St.

Everyday Music

This local shop on Capitol Hill is one of several in the Pacific Northwest—all independently owned and operated. The owners' combined 35 years of music store experience ensures a varied setting alongside a helpful staff. Everday Music's collections are updated daily, so take advantage of listening stations and find some great new acts. 1520 10th Ave., 206.568.3321

Bop Street Records

At Bop Street Records you can meet owner Dave Voorhees and browse his selection of more than 10,000 classical LPs. This Ballard favorite has been cranking out the jams since 1984 and has been visited by lots of famous bands looking to fill the gaps in their own collections. 2220 NW Market St., 206.297.2232

Jive Time Records, Seattle

Jive Time Records

Recently featured in the pages of Rolling Stone, alongside other great local shops, Jive Time Records in Fremont has amazing selection of new and bargain bin vinyl—or head across the intersection to spend a few hours in their Clearance Annex, if you want a more involved browsing experience. 3506 Fremont Ave. N, 206.632.5483

Wall of Sound

If you're interested in obscure titles and rare finds, then Wall of Sound on Capitol Hill is your go-to! Specializing in rare titles for dedicated collectors, you'll find some real gems alongside new and used CDs and LPs. 1205 E. Pike St., Ste. 1C, 206.441.9880

Map of Seattle's Top Record Stores

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