As the vinyl revival continues apace, we asked music lovers and experts to nominate their favourite record shops across the country
Since its foundation in 1978, Piccadilly Records has shifted premises at least twice. It’s now in the city’s so-called Northern Quarter, in among hipster-ish shops and cafes that sometimes tip into self-parody, but it’s the same as it ever was: an embodiment of expertise and musical passion in which it’s a deep pleasure to spend distracted hours, among a community of musicians, vinyl addicts, and people for whom life is measured out in release dates. They now bring out an annual Best of the Year booklet that usually sees me right for at least six months. More to the point, every time I go in and give it the old “what should I buy?”, the staff’s suggestions usually stay glued to the turntable for ages.
• 53 Oldham Street, piccadillyrecords.com
Recommended by John Harris