These days, you can do literally anything if you have a smartphone or a laptop with you. From apps made to order food to streaming platforms, technology has certainly made our lives easier. But coupled with this rise in technology is our intensified desire to cling to all things “vintage” – our roots, the things that make us nostalgic. Take music, for example. Artists nowadays can easily create songs through apps where they can make beats, clean audio, and post it online for millions of listeners to hear. It’s certainly a great process but there’s something so endearing, so nostalgic to bringing back the old method of creating music and listening to it.
If you’re an old soul, you might want to visit these vinyl record stores in Metro Manila:
Vinyl Dump Thrift Store
Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Quezon City
10 AM – 7 PM
Cubao Expo is a great place to indulge your inner artist. They’ve got everything from quirky cafes, streetwear brands, and, of course, all things vintage. Vinyl Dump Thrift Store is the place to go if you’re short on cash. Some of their items can be snagged at bargains of under Php 1,000, a total steal when it comes to vinyl!
Unit B, Ground Floor, Legaspi Tower 100 148 Legazpi Street, Makati.
ThisIsPop! is owned by Toti Dalmacion of Terno Recordings, the label with artists like UDD, Maude, and Giniling Festival under its name. The records you will browse through on the shelves are carefully curated by Toti himself from independent records to experimental ones. It’s devoid of mainstream pop, something hardcore vintage supporters will like.
Treskul Records and Café
641 Boni Ave Cifra BLDG, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Open daily 1 PM to 9 PM
Treskul Records refers to themselves as “your friendly neighborhood vinyl pusher” and they couldn’t have been more accurate. Browse through hundreds of vinyl records, vintage rock, soul, jazz, hip hop, and even OPM ones as well as turntables, CDs, and cassette tapes available. Treskul Records also has a branch in Ali Mall, Cubao.
4F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall AND 2F Cinema Building, UP Town Center Phase 2
(02) 401 6905 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinyl and coffee, what more could you want? Satchmi is born from a group of friends, old souls who had a passion for beautiful things and love for the good old days. Eight years later, they’re a well-known curator of unique items and vinyls as well as new ones, loved by the Filipino audiophile community. Satchmi also has their own turntable, the Motorino Turntable, and have also pursued their passion for film photography through Film Folk.
Northwest Estate and Collectibles
170 K 1st Street Kamuning, Quezon City AND 2/F Noah’s Place, 330 Aguirre Avenue cor Tehran Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open daily from 9 AM to 8 PM
0905 315 9388
This shop has cemented itself to be a favorite among not only vinyl collectors but vintage lovers as well. They’ve got bins after bins of precious vinyl most of which are rare finds! Northwest Estate sources their items overseas from states like Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Aside from vintage music, this shop also sells comic books, trading cards, toys, and various other antique collectibles. If you haven’t got the time to drop by, they can ship your items for you.
Trax Manila Records
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60 Sapphire St. cor. Sandalwood, Marikina City
Tuesdays to Sundays | 11 AM to 9 PM
0917 564 4582 | email@example.com
A sizeable collection of all-original vintage vinyl records can be found at Trax Manila Records. Operating since 2012, they have become a go-to for vintage lovers everywhere. You can also find CDs, cassette tapes, turntables, and audio gear accessories in this shop.
Bear’s Den Records
Spindle Community Store, Unit 14 Penthouse, Creekside Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Mondays to Saturdays | 1 PM to 8 PM
0917 854 0915
The people behind Bear’s Den Records have been buying, trading, and selling pop-rock-jazz-soul vinyl records since 2013. You can also catch them every Sunday at the Legazpi Sunday Market in Makati from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you haven’t got the time to pop by, they can also ship your chosen vinyl for a minimum delivery fee of Php 250.
50 Palawan St. Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City, Philippines
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
0936 296 5541
This family-owned record store sells a mixture of new records and vintage ones. You can also browse through selections of turntables, CDs, posters, and other related paraphernalia in the shop. Although it has a physical store in Quezon City, Plaka Express is better known as an online record store. Log in to their website and check out the available items.
Can you recommend other vinyl record stores in Manila?