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10 Reasons To Go Record Shopping In Athens, Greece

Last year, we visited Athens, Greece for the first time and were blown away by the record scene there. As if the astonishing Acropolis rising up in the middle of the city, the mouth-watering food, and the beautiful weather weren’t enough! Here are 10 reasons to go record shopping in Athens and book your flight for a vinyl vacation right now.

Record shopping in Athens Mr. Vinylios

1. 30(!) Record Shops
With around 30 record shops scattered around the city center, most of them in walking distance of each other and otherwise only a few metro stops away, we unfortunately weren’t able to visit them all in the few days we were there. (We tried!) A good selection all around, check out VinylHub for more info and create your list of shops to visit.

Record shopping in Athens

2. A Wealth Of ’90s Releases On Vinyl
Whether it’s Nirvana, Moby, Soundgarden, or any other of the ’90s staples you’re into, we guarantee you’ll find original pressings by the dozen. Save up in advance or be prepared to make some tough choices.

Record shopping in Athens Metal Releases Greece

3. Heaven For Metal Fans
Most of the shops we visited had an extensive metal selection, and there were quite a few dedicated metal shops. They had classics, new releases, box sets, t-shirts, and other merch in abundance!

Record shopping in Athens Tok Tok

4. Greek Pressings By International Artists
I mean, a mini-album by Talk Talk?! Local pressings of your favorite albums are the best souvenirs to take home from anywhere, but the sleeves with Greek writing are extra special. Just ensure your record bags are closed when your plane takes off — otherwise your gems might slide across the whole cabin (yep, I can confirm that is indeed embarrassing…).

Record shopping in Athens Greek releases

5. Greek Pressings By Greek Artists
Every shop has a large selection of Greek music, and the shop staff will be happy to guide you to some gems that you don’t even know exist. Whether you’re into traditional music, folk, classical, rock, or psychedelic music, there’s so much to discover!

Record shopping in Athens

6. Good Deals
We found very good quality records at reasonable prices, in the shops and at the record fair.

Athens Record Sellers

7. Great Shop Owners
The shop owners were knowledgeable, patient, friendly, happy to chat, and had a good sense of humor — just how we like them best!

Record shopping in Athens Ikaros records

8. Greek Record Labels
The Greek music scene is an interesting one, with active independent labels like Ikaros RecordsΤο Δισκάδικο, B-Otherside, Sound Effect RecordsInner Ear Records, Geheimnis Records, United We Fly Records, Fabrika Records, and many more. Check out what they’ve been releasing recently online, or ask in the shops.

Monastiraki

9. Loads To See And Do For Your Not-So-Interested Travel Companions
Most of the record shops in Athens are based in or around the Monastiraki area and in Exarchia. The first is home to the flea market and hundreds of small shops with clothing, art, crafts, and souvenirs. The second is the more alternative district with amazing graffiti all around. There’s enough to keep any potential travel companions occupied. In both areas, you’ll find cozy bars and terraces to enjoy the weather and rest your feet after a record shop crawl.

Record shopping in Athens Vinyl is Back

10. Record Fairs

While we were in Athens, we attended the Vinyl Is Back record fair. And if any of the other fairs in Greece are like this, you’ll have a field day (or weekend!). We enjoyed the laid back atmosphere, the large turnout, the crowd (from young families to the elderly), and of course the friendly sellers.

All in all, Greece is a great record shopping destination. You won’t regret spending a few days there. And if you can’t make it to Greece, you can of course always explore what’s on offer from our Greek sellers on Discogs!

Greece Record Shops

Have you been record shopping in Athens/Greece? Share your experience and recommendations in the comments!

This article was first published in March 2018


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6 Comments
  • Jun 18,2019 at 00:19

    If you visit Athens but you are sort of time, we can go digging for vinyls together! Check my proposed experience in air b’n’b! Only for maniacs! https://www.airbnb.gr/experiences/745929

  • Jun 6,2019 at 22:35

    Number 8 in the list above is most likely one of the most crucial info the Blog has provided. Ikaros Records specifically, is currently a rising star in the Greek independent music scene. With 30+ names in the space of less than 5 years, Ikaros now boasts a dynamic crew of indie Greek bands, collaborations with artists from abroad and its contribution to the making of contemporary Greek indie music history. The limited edition releases (300-500 vinyl copies per artist or band), including top quality covers, are worth investigating and purchasing. Seek the sold outs on Discogs as well; they may be worth hunting for. Ikaros Records or its sister branch Vinyl Monster, have traceable lists on Discogs. Search and you will be rewarded.

  • Apr 7,2018 at 15:47

    If anyone thinks to come to Greece for vinyl shopping please check my apartment for rent through AirBnb. All music and vinyl addicts will certainly love it:
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  • Apr 6,2018 at 08:49

    I only got to one shop while in Athens on my honeymoon 3 years ago. It was the best mistake I made on the trip, the store was in the middle of a bazaar near the Acropolis. There were 2 levels and very helpful, courteous people showing me awesome Greek music. I said yes to most of their recommendations and I am better for it.

  • Apr 5,2018 at 02:14

    maybe they were all away in Greece?

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