Not until a few years ago, Zagreb wasn’t a perfect place for visitors who also happened to be vinyl enthusiasts. Luckily for them, things started to change. However, before much hipper stores emerged, local music connaisseurs tried their best to find a well equipped store that would fulfill their cravings – and they found that place in Tratinska ulica, a street that is also “home” to a few music shops.
Among them, Free Bird Music Shop definitely stands out. 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.
I advise you to 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.