Five of the very best record stores around Edinburgh

Lothian Recommends Record Shops:  Elvis  Shakespeare 347 Leith Walk
Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Elvis Shakespeare 347 Leith Walk
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AFTER a difficult couple of decades, vinyl is a force once more. Here are our top picks for the Capital’s best record stores.

Unknown Pleasures, Canongate

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Oxfam Record Store, 64 Raeburn Place

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Oxfam Record Store, 64 Raeburn Place

Given the name, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that the irreverent Unknown Pleasures at the foot of the Royal Mile has a vast punk and new wave catalogue which is the envy of collectors everywhere. Stacked wall to wall with an incredible amount of film and music merchandise for its size, the store is well worth a visit.

Oxfam, Raeburn Place

With an eclectic mix which will cater to all music tastes, the Oxfam Record Store on Raeburn Place should be one of the discerning record hunter’s first ports of call.

CDs and vinyls range from the ridiculous to the sublime with a Camelspotting CD and a rare Wickerman soundtrack record in stock right now.

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Assai, 1 Grindlay St

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Assai, 1 Grindlay St

Assai, Grindlay Street

Knowledgeable staff, a solid and mixed collection of LPs and singles and regular live music sets, Assai is doing it all and well. It started life in Dundee, but the success of that store prompted owners to open a second on Grindlay Street in the Capital. It’s not just for collectors either – they even sell their own brand of turntables.

Voxbox, St Stephen Street

Possibly the only record shop in Edinburgh to have its own A and B side, the front of store in Voxbox is packed with classic albums all in excellent condition and reasonable prices. However, journey through to the back room and unearth a hidden gem from a selection of more than 2,000 LPs and singles all priced at just £1.50.

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Unknown Pleasures 110 Canongate

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Unknown Pleasures 110 Canongate

Elvis Shakespeare, Leith Walk

Possibly the only record shop in Edinburgh to have its own A and B side, the front of store in Voxbox is packed with classic albums all in excellent condition and reasonable prices. However, journey through to the back room and unearth a hidden gem from a selection of more than 2,000 LPs and singles all priced at just £1.50.

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Voxbox 21 St Stephen St

Lothian Recommends Record Shops: Voxbox 21 St Stephen St