The world’s best record shops #018: Can Records, Copenhagen






A typically understated boutique for passionate collectors in the Danish capital.

Every week, we pick out one must-visit spot from a different city around the world with photos and a little bit of history. Think of it as a kind of 1000 places to see before you die for record shops.

A few weeks ago we landed in Oslo to explore the sprawling vinyl cave that is Råkk & Rålls. Our second stop in Scandinavia couldn’t be more different.

Small and unassuming, Can Records has the personal touch that can elevate a record shop from happy distraction to a destination in its own right.

Can Records

Location: Tullinsgade 5, 1618 Copenhagen V, Denmark

Go for: A bespoke offering of alternative dance and hard-to-find records.

What’s the story? And Can Records is very much a destination. Independently run by Martin Aalykke Kristiansen and his wife, the shop has built a reputation as the go to for dealers and DJs passing through the Danish capital. And don’t just take our word for it, over in LA latter day DJ and collector Elijah Wood swears by Can’s selection.

Located just off the main street in Frederiksberg, amongst cafés and bigger record shops, Can Records is typically understated; there are few signs of vinyl life until you reach the second room where the montage of records on the wall points the way to the crates below.

But anyone looking to spend a day elbow deep in dusty crates will be disappointed. Can Records is expertly curated by Martin based on his buyers’ personal tastes, keeping his stock to a bare minimum. All killer, then.

What you can expect is the finest selection of early electronic, ambient, new wave, disco, rare groove and world records for the head and the feet. Just let Martin take you there.

Explore the rest of Copenhagen’s record shop scene in our definitive guide here.

Photos: Cedric Bardawil