Right next to the Sorbonne University and not far from the touristic St Germain area, Crocodisc (and sister shop Crocojazz) will be celebrating 40 years in the business this December. Starting out in the original shop at 42 Rue des écoles, the early days saw owner Philippe travel across Europe and the UK, scouring distributors for cut-out stock and independent releases that weren’t easily accessible at the time. The shops retains that same ethos today, covering many styles in-depth that are not always well represented in Paris. Now spread across three shops, Crocodisc covers pretty much all bases. The shop at number 42 has an enormous selection from the French Caribbean and Haiti as well as an enviable salsa section, while the original shop has deep racks of classic and obscure French records.