If vintage is your second language then you’re in the right place; 5 Best Places to Hunt for Vinyls. While the whole world is busy clicking through a list of digital downloads, you’re fantasizing about sifting through crates of vinyls. For the sentimental music lovers and old school audiophiles, we’ve compiled a list of the five best vinyl stores in Manila, because nothing compares to the crisp sound of a nice good old record playing.
Located on the 4th floor of SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall, record store Satchmi doubles as one of the city’s coolest coffee joints. With cozy wooden interiors and walls covered in art, it’s a great place for audiophiles who appreciate good music and good art. Browse through the genre-classified shelves of records and their collection of stylish portable vinyl players, then head on to their Listening Room to test out the waters.
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave, Mandaluyong City
2. Vinyl Dump Thrift Store
Home to Manila’s first Kagatan Vinyl Swap (a quarterly exchange between vinyl collectors) meet, the snug Vinyl Dump Thrift Store inside Cubao Expo is just like the basement your late vinyl-hoarding grandpa forgot about. Filled with endless racks of vintage vinyls, this is the kind of place where it’s cool to grab a beer and get down and dirty. If you’re lucky you might even stumble upon the sale rack that offers records for as low as 10 pesos.
no. 23, General Romulo St., Socorro, Quezon City
3. Yesteryears Music Gallery and Vinyl Store
Quietly sitting where Maginhawa and Magiting Street meet, the quaint Yesteryears Music Gallery and Vinyl Store is like a cultural museum for Filipino arts. Within you will find an exhibit of sculptures made by historic Filipino artists like Guillermo Tolentino, and an encyclopedic collection of OPM vinyls and cassette tapes, including releases by the country’s first recording artist: Maria Carpena. Truly a hidden gem, visiting this place is an experience of its own.
87 Maginhawa corner Magiting Street, UP Village, Quezon City
4. Bebop Records
Much like its neighboring ukay-ukay stores, this Bebop Records at the basement floor of Makati Cinema Square offers pre-loved digs. Here, each vinyl is electronically cleaned and restored to its original analog sound, repackaged, then neatly piled and shelved among stacks of CDS. With everything sold in mint-condition, it’s almost like you’re buying the records brand new.
Chino Roces Avenue corner A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
5. Treskul Records & Dry Goods
A brief walk from Boni MRT station along Boni Avenue will take you to a store called Next Frame. Enter and you will be welcomed by a flight of stairs that lead you up to Treskul Records & Dry Goods. Holding a wide range of vinyls from hip-hop to OPM, their vinyl pricing is just as wide as their selection. For music lovers who like to shop for accessories, there’s a whole line equipment like turntables, speakers, and record players in store.
641 Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City
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