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Cantinho da São, Carvoeiro
Cheerful and bright, this little shop in the centre of Carvoeiro is a welcome change from the usual ones selling the same postcards and souvenirs, and is a great place to pick up something a little bit special but without a hefty price tag.
Owner São sits in the shop and makes new items while you browse, so you can see just how everything comes together before you buy it. The shop is small but welcoming, with plenty of different items to suit all tastes.
What to buy
The shop blends the traditional with the contemporary, and offers shoppers the chance to pick up either some Portuguese lace or a unique purse, bag or cushion.
You can't help but fall for the delicate crocheted booties, while the throws and cushions would bring a splash of colour to any home.
Because all the items are hand-made, they are all one-offs - and can only be bought directly from the shop.
There are many items aimed at children including clothing, bedding, hair accessories and toys, but there are also many pieces for the home as well as seasonal decorations for Christmas, Easter and other holidays.
Why do you like it?
São is self-taught and makes virtually everything in the shop herself. Her style is bright and vibrant and she has managed to breathe new life into traditional techniques, working in fabrics such as felt and wool.
If you are looking for something specific, then just give São a call and she can make up anything you like within a couple of days. Personalised cushions, clothes and bedding can be made to the client’s exact specifications, and make great gifts.
Rua do Casino, Carvoeiro. The shop is directly opposite the post office. There is no parking for the shop, so you will need to find a space in Carvoeiro and walk from the centre.
You can pick up small items for as little as €1.50 for hairclips. The most expensive item in the shop is a handmade bespoke poufe priced at €40.
Winter: 9am - 6pm
Summer: 9am - 11pm