Chowell Records (Discos Chowell) is one of the few, or maybe even the only place that specializes 100% in vinyl within Mexico City. They feature a wide variety of vinyl records and equipment. Additionally, it is well located with a very unique decor.
A few blocks away from the Isabel La Catolica metro stop, on Calle de Mesones, you’ll find this unique store in the city. They specialize solely in selling vinyl records, both new and used.They also sell equipment like turntables or record needles. About a year ago, I decided to take out the old turntable that I had forgotten about from my home, but it didn’t have a needle; I got my replacement from them.
The store isn’t very big, but it’s full of records. The best part of the store is that they have a large variety of genres — from classical to metal, including rock, pop, jazz, etc. The price range varies widely, including a section of records for 10 pesos (less than a US dollar, about 64 euro cents).
In the store space where there isn’t vinyl, there is equipment for playing records. There are different types and models of turntables, some even are decorated with pictures.There are even devices that I imagine are amplifiers. You may not see needles in the equipment section, but if you take them your old needle, or tell them what type of turntable arm your player has, it’s likely they’ll have a necessary replacement needle.
Personally, something that I love about this store is the decorations. When entering, there’s the feeling of being surrounded by vinyl everywhere and seeing the turntables with unique aesthetics. Best of all is the ceiling, which in my opinion gives the place a festive and vintage feel.
So for vinyl lovers in Mexico City, in the historic center, you can find an excellent excuse to dust off your parents turntables, and make or find additions for your vinyl collection.