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 sites, 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.

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Rocksteady Records

Backed by more than three decades of knowhow.

Level 1, Mitchell House 358 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Basement Discs

Operating below Block Place since ’94.

Basement 24 Block Place
Melbourne VIC 3000

Profile Music

Where everybody knows your name.

147 Greville Street
Prahran VIC 3181

Record Paradise

The name says it all.

15 Union Street
Brunswick VIC 3056

Goldmine Records

Strike it rich at this inner north crate-digging institution.

Fitzroy North Shop 355 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North VIC 3068

Wax Museum

Underground records in an underground shop.

Shop 2, Campbell Arcade Degraves Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Alley Tunes

Come for the coffee, stay for the vinyl.

Shop 8 660 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122

Heartland Records

Metal and classic rock since 1992.

420/422 Victoria Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051