The very carefully curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, local interest, cookbooks, and children’s books at Downbound Books is housed in a single room that, judging by the old sign outside, used to be a neighborhood café in Cincinnati’s Northside.
There are exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, spots to sit in several sunny windows, and nearly floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with so many wonderful selections that I easily found a dozen or so I would’ve liked to take home. Plus cards, puzzles, and a few gifty things made by local craftspeople.
This one is slightly off the beaten path, but we definitely recommend seeking it out if you’re in the area. It’s well worth a visit.