There's nothing quite like listening to music on vinyl. There's a reason the format has hung on after all these years, despite being bulky and expensive. You don't have to be a DJ to appreciate the experience of selecting a distinctive sleeve from a box or shelf, extracting the disc from inside and sliding it onto the player.

Record stores take that process one step further. Unlike iTunes, Spotify and other digital music services, it takes serious time to assess the stock. Along the way you'll probably end up chatting to the staff and other customers, and maybe learn something new about your chosen scene, be it soul, folk, bluegrass or techno.

Here are our favourite spots for crate digging. Special mention to Crackle & Pop, a mobile store which appears around town regularly.

Big Star Records


An Adelaide crate-digging staple since 1988.

160 Magill Road, Norwood

Wolfie's Records


Like flicking through your cool dad’s record collection. And his dad’s and his dad’s …

92 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside

Transition Records


Techno and house vinyl you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

2 17 Young Street, Adelaide

Clarity Records


Spinning independent music since 2010.

60 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Mr V Music


A crate-digger’s delight.

115 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Streetlight Records


Shining a light on obscure arthouse films, music and books.

Shop 2/15 Vaughan Place, Adelaide