You can find new and vintage vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and even live performances at these Seattle record stores.
August 12 is National Vinyl Record Day, so what better day to explore some Seattle record stores? The Emerald City has long been known for its music scene, thanks to artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, and more. So it’s not surprising that there are tons of stores in Seattle that specialize in selling new and used vinyl. It’s a great rainy day activity, so grab a coffee and see if you can hit up every place on this list!
Read on for our top 10 Seattle record stores:
1. Daybreak Records, Fremont
Address: 4323 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: 10am-9pm, Mon-Sat; 11am-7pm Sun
You’ll find tons of high-quality used records at this shop located in an airy garage space.
2. Easy Street Records & Cafe, West Seattle
Address: 4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Hours: 9am-9pm Mon-Sat; 9am-7pm Sun
This iconic record store in West Seattle has been around since the ’80s and has seen an impressive roster of musical artists come through its doors over the years. Stop by for the live performances by local and national musicians, stay for the curated record collection and delicious cafe.
3. Georgetown Records, Georgetown
Address: 1201 S Vale St, Seattle, WA 98108
Hours: 11:30am-8pm Mon-Sat; 11:30am-5pm Sun
You can’t spend a day exploring Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood without stopping at this record store. You’ll find a good variety of used (and some new) records in addition to live performances and events.
4. Holy Cow Records, Downtown
Address: 1501 Pike Pl # 325, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: 10am-5pm daily
Located inside Pike Place Market, this record store is a hidden gem for finding used and rare vinyl and is worth fighting your way through the throngs of tourists in the market.
5. Jive Time Records, Fremont
Address: 3506 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: 10am-9pm Mon-Sat; 11am-7pm Sun
After saying hi to the Fremont Troll, walk three minutes to this cozy record shop for new and used vinyl. Their wares spill out onto the sidewalk, so it’s basically impossible to walk by without doing a little impromptu browsing.
6. Light In The Attic Record Shop, Lower Queen Anne
Address: 472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun
Located in the KEXP Gathering Space at Seattle Center, this small record shop is full of an impressive range of carefully-curated new and used vinyl (plus coffee!).
7. Singles Going Steady Records, Belltown
Address: 2219 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: 12-6pm, Tues-Sat
You can easily lose an hour to this spacious record shop in Belltown that has a massive secondhand vinyl collection and a funky vibe. It’s a great place to look for metal and punk records in particular.
8. Sonic Boom Records, Ballard
Address: 2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: 11am-7pm daily
This record store in Ballard has been around since the ’90s. You’ll find a large collection of new and used vinyl in addition to CDs, DVDs, books and merch. They often host events and live performances as well.
9. Spin Cycle Records, Capitol Hill
Address: 321 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Hours: 10am-8pm daily
In addition to records, you’ll also find CDs, video games and movies at this Capitol Hill media shop with a welcoming vibe.
10. Zions Gate Records, Capitol Hill
Address: 1100 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Hours: 12-8pm daily
Zions Gate has been selling vinyl to Seattleites since the ’90s. They specialize in rare, underground and hard-to-find releases in a variety of genres.