Recent research suggests that people seem to be buying more vinyl than they have done in decades. This record shop guide is dedicated to all vinyl diggers and music connoisseurs. It will take you on a thrilling pursuit to some of Belgrade’s interesting places.
Leila Records has recently moved from Kralja Petra Street to an even better location in Gospodar Jevremova 6. The first thing you’ll realize when entering the unusual bar is the huge, colourful mural by a local artist Lortek and the massive chandeliers by Nikola Pantović. Leila has a great selection of vinyls: from Ex-Yu Jazz to Soul/Funk/Disco, Electro and many more. Furthermore, they run a typical bar menu, with a great choice of beers, wines and cocktails which goes perfectly with their meze platter (engl. starters dishes), including Serbian home made products such as čvarci (engl. pork cracklings), ajvar (kind of pepper spread), kajmak (dairy cream cheese typically made in the region) and prosciutto.
Leila is the perfect place to sip your morning coffee while listening to good music, have a pint of beer after work with your colleagues or a night out with the cool locals and nice vibes. There is a plenty of seating, but the best tables are at the front: on warm days the big front windows are open. It is a great place to do some people watching in Belgrade’s urban borough, Dorćol after a vinyl spending spree. P.S.: DJ/live music at weekends, Sunday matinée from 6 pm.
- Gospodar Jevremova Street 6
- Mon – Thur: 09:00 – 00:00
- Friday: 09:00 – 01:00
- Saturday: 09:00 – 01:00
- Sunday: 12:00 – 00:00
- +381 65 324 72 58
- Leila on Facebook
- PET FRIENDLY
Yugovinyl isn’t just a mere location for record shopping. It is rather a place to connect with other audiophiles and music fans, to meet up for a chat, and to get to learn something new. After entering the shop, you are offered a drink and a small tripod chair and only then can your vinyl search commence. People tend to lose the track of time in this place. They have juicy vinyls from all over the world. For me, the most interesting records were some Persian and Arabic artists from the 1970s.
The staff seem to be really helpful and friendly aiming to please. Even if you won’t buy anything they will put all the records you want on the gramophone and will inform you about the current vinyl markets and exchanges. If you want to have an authentic vinyl experience and meet some cool locals, I highly recommend Yugovinyl. P.S.: This favourite location for foreign and local DJs has recently moved from Zvezdara to Belgrade’s hippest neighbourhood, Cetinjska Street 15.
- Cetinjska Street 15
- Mon- Thurs: 12:00 – 20:00
- Fri & Sat: 12:00 – 00:00
- +381 11 786 34 39
Metropolis Music Shop
Metropolis is a music publishing company in the city centre of Belgrade. They don’t seem to have a big collection of vinyls but you can find some commercial and rather new records in there. At weekends, you can listen to some great live music for free. Musicians tend to promote their new albums in there and on the upside the choice of drinks is huge.
- Makedonska Street 21
- Mon – Thurs: 09:00 – 00:00
- Fri & Sat: 09:00 – 01:00
- Sunday: 12:00 – 00:00
- +381 63 23 70 20
When walking along Belgrade’s main pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova, you may come across a side alley with a little records stand. They don’t have an interesting collection, but you never know. 😉
Last but not least are Belgrade’s flea markets like Bubanj Potok and the flea market in Zemun.
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