Before HMV and Fopp, there was Avalanche! I spent many Saturday afternoons during my teenage years rummaging through this shop and I still visit today. A great store, worthy of your time and money.
If you've ever read Nick Hornby's Hi-Fidelity, then you'll have a picture in your mind of that little record shop..... and chances are that it will look a lot like Avalanche!
Here, buying CDs and choosing your music is an experience to be devoured! Despite this shop being quite small, there are thousands of CDs tightly packed into the shelves and you often have to rummage around to find what you're looking for. However, it's this search that is so rewarding as it's inevitable that you'll find a long-lost gem, or something equally attractive, to spend yout hard-earned dollar on!
The range of music is pretty good but I'd say that this is the sort of shop to come to if you're looking for indie/alternative music. You're far more likely to find a copy of a Yo La Tengo album than one of Akon's offerings! There are supplies of both new and used CDs and In amongst the shelves there are bargains to be found! You can often find rare CD promos and white label demos - a collector's dream!
Up until a few years ago there was also a branch of Avalanche on Dundas Street but that has now fallen by the way-side. Let's hope this store doesn't suffer the same face because it's what music shopping should be all about!
Lovely, tiny record store. Please visit it and have a rake through their stock. If Avalanche stores ever start closing it will be a sure sign of an impending apocolypse.
Not much bigger than the Glasgow store, but the shelves are always full so there's a pretty good chance they'll have something you like.
I love Cockburn Street; first, there's the hilarious name. And then there's Avalanche.
This is one of Edinburgh's truly unique record shops (although there is another one in Glasgow...), and it does not not suffer from being tiny. In fact, if it were much bigger it would detract from it's character.
Hidden away from the mainstream rock and pop CDs you can find gems of dub, hip-hop drum 'n' bass and dubstep in the corner. This is where I spend much of my time.
I first wandered into this little indie store about 6 years ago and i never miss an opportunity to go back whenever i'm in Edinburgh. It has all the hallmarks that a true indie store should have and you can make an hour seem like 5 minutes by flicking through their collection. There are also great bargains to be had and I never leave empty handed. If only there were more stores like this place.
If your music taste tends towards the alternative Avalanche is definitely worth a visit: It stocks a diverse selection of music both new and pre-owned. Although it is quite small you can spend a long time browsing, the staff are friendly and the prices aren't bad!
Avalanche is always my first stop if im looking for a cd, although the shop is pretty small you can spend ages in there just browsing through, the staff are very friendly and helpful, they will gladly give you their opinion on something if you ask. The prices aren't bad and if you rake through long enough your sure to come across some sort of rare promo or something of that sort, its a shame the branch on West Nicolson St closed but the extra walk to Cockburn Street doesn't put me off in the slightest, also they have a pretty good selection of dvds, they only really stock 'cult' movies and music dvds so its all good (i remember the first dvds i bought there, series 1 & 2 of 24, ah the memories)
A really cool place to browse, this shop has a great range of music both new and second hand, good dvds and books. The staff really know their stuff, this shop is mobbed on a Saturday. If you are not in this part of town, there is another one closeby on Rose Street which is slightly newer.
Without a doubt the coolest record store in Edinburgh, I always seem to find something worth buying there.
The last great record shop left in Edinburgh. A great place to rummage through CDs old and new. Knowledgable staff are helpful without being pushy. Make the most of it before it goes the way of so many other record shops, even it's just to buy an Avalanche t-shirt or bag.
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