Top 5 best vinyl stores in South Florida

If you own a record player, then you know how much better your music sounds on vinyl. 

Here in South Florida, there are people from all over the world who influence the sound of music that flows through the community. Finding record stores that have exactly the sound and albums you’re looking for is the most frustrating part of loving the authentic sound of record players. Here is a list of the top five record stores in South Florida that may have the albums you’ve been wanting to get your hands on.

Sweat Records tainted with a wide variety of genres (Valeria Ulmos/SFMN)

1. Sweat Records
5505 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 

From The Bee gees to The Weeknd, the albums you’ll find on record are endless. This store carries a wide range of genres, from disco to new released house music, but also caters to Hispanic and Miami sound. Their vinyl collection of salsa, reggaeton, and merengue expands to their Latin and rural audience like no other. Sweat Records also supports local artists in Miami and puts on open mic nights in their store to show off local talent. If you’re just starting out with your record collection, Sweat Records is a comprehensive record store that has everything you need. They sell record players as well as equipment to properly clean your equipment and more.

My Mama’s Books Records & Café lounge (Valeria Ulmos/SFMN)

2. My Mama’s Books Records & Café
218 E Dania Beach Blvd.
Dania Beach, FL 

Buy a pastry and a cup of coffee at this charming family-owned store before you browse through their bins filled with records or get lost in their library. The setting has a great ambiance with neon signs and Instagram-able corners with a vintage feel and the smell of freshly made cups of joe. Aside from their collection of rare vinyl records like Led Zeppelin or Miles Davis, the owners ensure that you feel at home. At this local shop you’ll find gems like Prince records for only $30. You might even find the album you’ve been searching for in their $1 bin.

Clients gazing through records at Lucky Records (Valeria Ulmos/SFMN)

3.Lucky Records
143 NW 23 St.
Miami, FL 

Hungry for Japanese food before starting your hunt for some new records? Lucky Records is an extension of the popular Miami restaurant 1-800-Lucky that is well known to Miami locals. Lucky Records carries all the must-haves that everyone starting their collection needs like Fleetmac wood’s Dreams album. This popular local hangout is a little pricey that can range anywhere from $30 to $60 but can deliver you the best vintage albums to today’s greatest albums like Flume and Bad Bunny. If you believe another man’s trash is another man’s treasure they also buy and sell used records at a reasonable price that go for $10 to $25. 

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Lost in the maze of records in Technique Records (Valeria Ulmos/SFMN)

4. Technique Records
880 NE 79th St.
Miami, FL 

Looking for a unique blend of old underground and contemporary records? Technique Records stocks a wide range of music, including old soundtracks, classic rock, and more. You will find records like Highway Robbery; Graceful Dead; Metallica; Company Flow; and even the Ghostbuster’s soundtrack. This record store caters to music fans who recognize the value of good albums. With this selection of EPs, your musical tastes will be recognized; you’ll find yourself spending hours browsing through all the genres that this store offers. This will be heaven for all the old souls who enjoy music.

Vinyl Asylum’s Memorabilia and Record’s Case (Valeria Ulmos/SFMN)

5.Vinyl Asylum Records & Memorabilia
2028 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 

Vintage enthusiasts: gather around. Vinyl Asylum is stocked with bands and albums from all eras and not the remastered version. This record store will transport you back in time to the 50’s to the 80’s and ensure to sell you the experience you’re looking for. They don’t only sell classic records, but also memorabilia like the original Batman comic books; He-Man collectors action figures; Tom and Jerry lunch boxes, and other classic items. You’ll be guaranteed to find authentic Beatles albums from the 60’s and collector’s items that are timeless. If you appreciate real vintage memorabilia this record store it for you.

Valeria Ulmos is a Junior at FIU majoring in broadcasting and communications. She hopes to pursue her career in having her own talk show in entertainment and is a women activist. She is a bilingual podcaster and likes covering entertainment and world trends.