Top 10 vinyl record shops in Rome

A guide to buying vinyls in Rome's best record shops.

1. Blue Jazz

As the name suggests, this tiny shop near St Peter's is dedicated to all kinds of jazz records, and the selection is top notch. Via delle Fornaci 59, tel. 06636357.

blue jazz

2. Blutopia

New and used records by jazz and rock 'n' roll musicians, CDs, books and jazz videos. Also a coffee bar, music-listening area, and regular cultural events. Via del Pigneto 116, tel. 0669309373. 

blutopia

3. Hocus Pocus

Huge selection of vinyls, many of them collectors' items, including Italian and international rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, blues, garage, alternative and rap. Also second-hand CDs, cassettes and record players. Via Marruvio 18 (S. Giovanni), tel. 0670497511, website.

hocus pocus

4. Hop & Book

This venue offers craft beer and books along with its hand-selected collection of quality vinyls from the 1960s and 1970s. Also hosts events such as book signings and gigs. Via dell'Amba Aradam 29A, tel. 0670496380.

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5. Mille Records

Founded in 1966, this venerable record stores moved from Via dei Mille to its current address on nearby Via Merulana in 2009. Considered one of Rome's cheaper venues for vinyl, the shop offers a range of genres as well as CDs and music books. Via Merulana 91, tel. 0670490109, website.

mille records

6. Pink Moon Records

Large well-established record shop over two floors near Stazione Trastevere, specialising in used CDs and vinyls, including rarities, from around the world. Via Antonio Pacinotti 5, tel. 065573868, website

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7. Radiation Records

Thousands of new and used vinyls, CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, t-shirts and all kinds of music-related gear. Via Romanello Da Forli' 14, tel. 0690286578, website. Also sister store in Monti, on Via del Boschetto 94, link.

radiation

8. Round Midnight Dischi

More than 30,000 records, CDs and DVDs, including rare vinyls can be found at this shop which specialises in jazz, pop/rock, soul, ethnic and Italian music. Via di S. Orsola 10 (Piazza Bologna area), tel. 0645492743, website.

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9. Soul Food

Excellent choice of quality records from 1960s rock 'n' roll to punk, garage and new wave. Also CDs, t-shirts, dvds, books, fanzines and gadgets. Via S. Giovanni in Laterano 192/194, tel. 0670452025, website.

soul food

10. Tranmission

This shop trades in record and CD collections, and includes vinyl rarities among its collection which ranges from the 1950s to contemporary alternative and dance. Via dei Salentini 27 (Termini station area), tel. 0644704370, website.

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