Vinyl records - introduced in the 1940s - have made an unexpected comeback in the digital age. This curious trend is driven by many factors: better sound quality compared to phone-based streaming apps, an appreciation for the experience of handling vinyl and admiring large-sized album artwork, and, of course, a healthy dose of nostalgia. Today, more records are released on vinyl than on CD, and Oakland is home to many businesses that cater to vinyl aficionados.

A great time to visit record stores is Record Store Day. Held twice a year, in April and on Black Friday, unique releases and in-store events make for can’t-miss shopping opportunities for vinyl enthusiasts.

Econo Jam Records

Econo Jam Records sells mostly used and collectible records and cassettes alongside new and vintage audio equipment: everything one needs to start listening in hi-fi! Located in Uptown, a customer can also browse punk and indie electronica 7” 45 RPM records, a fun way to start a First Friday adventure.

Location: 2443 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA

Econo Jam Records in Oakland California

Groove Yard

This jazz-focused mainstay of North Oakland offers an incredible assortment of jazz and pop-standard LPs. It’s a crate-digger’s dream, filled with boxes and crates overflowing with well-cared-for vintage records, including many rare and collectible gems.

Location: 5555 Claremont Ave., Oakland, CA

Mars Record Shop

Mars Record Shop, tucked in a charming, flower-filled courtyard off of bustling Piedmont Avenue, carries a thoughtful selection of well-cared-for used records, from 1980s pop to jazz and Classical.

Location: 4125 Piedmont Ave #7, Oakland CA


1-2-3-4 Go! Records

Found on the Temescal District’s up-and-coming 40th Street, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records boasts the largest selection of new records in Oakland. It’s also a record label, home to Shannon & The Clams and a largely punk roster.

Location: 420 40th Street #5, Oakland, CA

Stranded Records Oakland

Stranded Records is an archival record label and store based in Oakland and Brooklyn, New York. Many musical genres are represented among great-condition used records and new pressings. The airy spot also sells stereo accessories and label merchandise.

Location: 5488 College Ave, Oakland, CA


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Open Mind Music

Across the street from Stranded in the happening Rockridge neighborhood, vibey Open Mind Music offers a large selection of mostly new and many used records and occasionally hosts sidewalk concerts. It’s a great place to look for gifts, with boxed sets and accessories sharing space with a bargain bin.

Location: 5521 College Ave, Oakland, CA

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