Passionate music fans are always on the hunt for great tunes, whether that’s at home or while traveling. If you’re someone obsessed with finding cozy record shops wherever you go, then the website VinylHub was created with you in mind. It’s an interactive, crowd-sourced map that has a straightforward (but impressive) purpose. “Our mission,” they state, “is to document every physical record shop and record event on the planet.”
While the task is truly never-ending, the contributors at VinylHub have already done a thorough job listing record shops. Using a custom Google map, you can scroll the world, zoom in, and see the exact locations of these often-small businesses. It’s perfect if you’re a music fanatic and are visiting a new city; you simply drag the cursor across that specific area and see what pops up. Because many record shops heavily curate and highlight local music, you can then pick up a special travel souvenir.
There are still many record stores to chart, and large swaths of the world have yet to be documented. Of them, however, VinylHub has collected some interesting data. In a recent blog post, they reveal that the United States has the most record shops per country, but when it comes to record shops per city, that’s a different story. Tokyo takes the top spot here with 93, followed by Berlin, London, and Paris. New York is the sixth spot with a mere 47 shops on the island.