6 of the hippest record shops in Brussels for music enthusiasts

Buying records has become more and more popular the last few years. These old-fashioned discs placed on an antique record player take you back into this retro ambiance from the old times. Are you a vinyl lover, looking for stores to buy records to add to your collection? These are some of the most awesome places for you to find your favorite music genres on a vinyl.

Doctor Vinyl

Nestled near a dozen of convivial little coffee shops and bars filled with young people, Doctor vinyl is well placed. Doctor Vinyl is known to mostly sell the electro or psychedelic type of music. Once you enter the store, you will get engulfed by the vinyl hanging all over the place. The walls plastered with artistic posters, boxes on the ground full of vinyl, and atmospheric music blasting from the record player, this store puts you immediately in the musical mood.

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The space to move around it limited when it is a little crowded as the place itself is quite narrow. Their offer range of records is not that large, so it is easy to look at all the things in display. And even if you can’t find it yourself, the staff is extremely sweet and are more than happy to help you!

  • Address: Rue de la Grande Ile 1, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Hours: Monday Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm till 7:30pm, Thursday and Friday from 12pm till 8:30pm
  • Website: https://www.doctorvinylrecords.be/

The Collector

This little shop has been standing in Brussels for quite a while now, with its tempting display inviting people to peek inside. Its position in the city center of Brussels right in front of La Bourse surely has its advantages. The Collector, also bursting its joyful music into the streets, has a lot in store for every kind of person. Whether you like old French singers, music from the sixties, or even classical music, they have a broad collection available on the shelves. The predominant genres of records they sell are soul, French music, American music from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Alongside records, you can buy some CD’s at the Collector if you don’t have a record player at home.

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  • Address: Rue de la Bourse 26, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:30am till 6:30pm, Sunday from 11am till 5pm
  • Website: https://www.the-collector.be/

Veals & Geeks

In Brussels, cozy and lively streets full of charming shops have a lot of entertainment to offer, like this vinyl shop. With a rather neat looking interior and exterior in a street where lots of people walk by, this record store has quite a handful of customers every hour. Therefore, you’ll find more current present-day artists playing on the radios. Covers of LP’s placed tactically in equal rows on the wall, this modern inside of the store is well dressed, forming an aesthetically looking area.

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In addition to the pleasing interior, they added shirts on the wall with band names and contemporary designs. Veals & Geeks still specialize in some music genres, such as psychedelic and progressive music, mostly from the sixties and seventies. This street is worth exploring other than going to this record shop.

72 Records

If you’re looking for vinyl of hardcore groups like Iron Maiden or Metallica, 72 Records is the place to be for you. As every record store in Brussels has a specialization in music genres, 72 Records are a punk and hardcore rock-based shop, exclusively selling discs from artists doing this genre. The place entirely decorated with metal-ish artworks and posters on all the walls from varied bands, artists, and quotes, this store really radiates a punk or metal vibe. There are fully stacked racks in the whole inside of the store. Hardcore fans will spend a wondrous time looking through all these records full of talent. The ‘72’ in their store’s name comes from their house number.

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Crevette Records

This record store differentiates itself from the other shop around town in terms of the music genre they essentially have in stock. You encounter quite an amount of youths every time you enter this shop. Crevette Records’ speciality is the African and disco kind of music, but also electro music. This funky little store has a colossal, incredibly designed shrimp on the front window in a contemporary, abstract, artsy style. 

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The inside is very modernized with plentiful radiant lights, giving you a bright view to browse into the shelves with records. There even is a tiny corner where you can try out records and have a listen before you decide to buy it or not. Once you go into Crevette Records, you enter this tranquil bubble making you want to stay there for a while.

  • Address: Rue Blaes 146, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Hours: closed on Monday, Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm till 8pm, Sunday from 1pm till 6pm
  • Website: https://crevetterecords.be/

And last but not least, Balades Sonores

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The outside of this atypical record store will captivate you from afar. Colorfully eye-catching, fun-looking artsy designs dresses up the front of the store. It gives a cheerful feeling every time you enter or walk past this shop. And it gets better once you enter. Balades Sonores festooned the interior with different colored fairy lights and little garlands, establishing surely a convivial space making you feel rested. You get immersed in this chill vibe. The store is mostly retro-styled with a slight touch of modernity.

In terms of what kind of vinyl they sell, Balades Sonores try their best to offer a little bit of everything, but they still lean a bit more on the side of alternative music. The records are well indicated with names, but it is totally normal if you struggle a bit finding what you want. The workers are super sweet and always ready to help you in the best way possible.

  • Address: Rue Royale 173, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode
  • Hours: closed on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm till 8pm, Sunday from 1pm till 7pm
  • Website: https://www.baladessonores.com/
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