Ginko is a specialist in books for young children, but the range of its board-game offering means it appeals to adults as well. It is also likely to be one of the most cheerful bookshops you’ll ever step foot in, with a multicoloured tree appearing to grow out of a pillar in the centre of an attractively laid-out, light-filled space. Staff are well-informed and go out of their way to help you get what you’re after – but even if you just pop in for a browse it’s unlikely you’ll leave empty-handed.
More a cultural and intellectual centre than just a bookshop (as advertised by its name), the “Republic of Letters” runs a busy events programme as well as offering one of the best literary selections in Córdoba. This is not just a place to browse for a new read (books can be borrowed as well as bought) but to mingle with other booklovers over a glass of one of their excellent wines, attend a reading or lecture or simply ask one of their knowledgeable staff for a personal recommendation. One of the most exciting and friendly cultural centres in Córdoba.