While record stores may be a com­mon sight in europe, they’re some­thing of a rar­ity in the UAE. Fill­ing the void is The Flip Side, a favourite haunt of Tjaša’s. “I feel like records are mak­ing a come­back, but for me this is more a place of in­spi­ra­tion – I love to go in and be in­spired by the old-school cov­ers,” she says. “That’s what I love most about Alserkal Av­enue – it of­fers an atyp­i­cal shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence in that it’s ok just to browse… most of the stores are run by owner-op­er­a­tors who are pas­sion­ate about their busi­ness and their niche, so they take the time to speak with you.”

Unit 71, Alserkal Ave, Al Quoz, Sat-thu, 12pm-9pm, face­­flip­sid­edxb

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