Even though you won’t find Zagreb on the European music connoisseurs’ and record buyers’ map as an important location for getting records of any kind, for the local vinyl enthusiasts, there is one street that’s particularly important: Tratinska.
If you walk from the Center of the city towards the Trešnjevka area, you’ll have to pass Tratinska. On the right side of this street you’ll find two different, but somehow complementary music shops: one is Spirit of Music and the other, about 50 meters after it, is the Free Bird Music Shop.
The first one offers a relatively vast selection of new and old CDs and vinyl – mostly indie, 80′s, jazz and soul. The place is extremely tidy and well sorted, so you won’t have problems browsing through any specific genre of your interest.
Free Bird Music Shop (photo) is slightly different. Seemingly chaotic and very heavy on the vinyl side, it offers almost an indefinite number of second-hand records. You’ll find all sorts of stuff there – from classic funk and disco records, often obscure but sometimes quite rare house and techno to kitschy ex-Yugoslavia folk and schlager scene.
However, pay attention to records of the new-wave and romantic period of the Yugoslavian eighties. Also, check some Yugoslavian or Macedonian jazz records, they sound great and are very collectible. Don’t hesitate to ask staff for some help – even though the place seems quite chaotic, they are pretty aware of the stuff they stock.