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Walking into Red Eye’s flagship store is like walking into heaven – or hell, if you take your cues from the crimson walls. But heaven if you love music; this place is a treasure trove of music paraphernalia: CDs, both brand new and second-hand, find themselves next to vinyl records, t-shirts, posters, fanzines and music collectables. The staff are knowledgeable and happy to order in music on your behalf, and metal-heads will love the dedicated upstairs section. (Annette Lin)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Plus, staff members never judge those of us who go in purely to partake of their considerable street press collection. Bless.

Various locations, but flagship at 66 King St, Sydney. 9299 4233, www.redeye.com.au