Beijing's best record shops

Forget Spotify, the best place for recommendations is a record store

Radio, TV and the internet combined still haven't managed to kill off vinyl, or the record shop. Probably because rummaging through boxes of old '78s is so dang fun.

Gulou

Indie Music

Specialising in Chinese indie music, this shop sells and internationally distributes artists from across China and Mongolia. There are also plenty of mainstream tunes; we spotted the latest T.Swift for 120RMB, but local bands will cost you considerably less. 

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17 Gulou Xi Dajie (Gulou, Dongcheng)

Fruityshop (水果店)

Fruityshop opens with jazz, followed by aisles containing four decades of pop and rock (’60s through to the ’90s), soundtracks, blues, country, bluegrass, ambient and experimental. Like any secondhand store, there is a mix of classics, gems and dross, all priced accordingly from around 40RMB to more than 200RMB. 

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17 Dongsi Toutiao Hutong (Dongcheng, Dongcheng)

Rockland

When it comes to scope, it doesn't get much better than Houhai’s Rockland. The shop boasts a range of albums focused on Western art rock and contemporary Chinese indie, not to mention plenty of burned compilations. The extensive library is curated by music fanatic Xiao Zhan, who’s been running the operation for more than a decade.

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2 Nanguanfang Hutong (Houhai, Xicheng)

Sanlitun

Polyphony

Part comic books shop, part record shop, Polyphony is a hobbyist's delight. The cool, modern space is a refreshing change of scene from the typical dusty browsing experience. There are also listening booths to try any records before you buy.

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1 Sanlitun Nan Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

798

Li-Pi Records

Digital is a dirty word at this funky little record store-cum-bar-cum-café. Vinyl is all they sell, and if you can think of it, Li-Pi probably has is it. Sip on a coffee or cocktail from the shop café as you browse through thousands of albums. They also have a range of record players for sale (from 520RMB) and a roped-off vintage one which you can choose a record to be played on. 

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4 Jiuxianqiao Lu (798, Chaoyang)

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