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Poison Tattoo

November 4, 2011
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Name: Poison Tattoo

Location: Praia da Vitoria

Directions: On foot from walking street head up to the hill just off the main walking street (going away from the ocean) where the big church is located, and turn left down a small side street across from the church entrance.  Driving you may want to come from the other direction, down Rua da Cruziero.  The street name is Rua Mestre Campo.

Phone Number: 295 542 912

Website: http://www.poisontattoo.com/

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1:30-8:30 pm; Saturday 1:30-7 pm; Closed Sundays

English Speaking: Yes

This is the place to come if you are looking to get a tattoo or body piercing.  Very popular among Americans, and with good reason.  Quality work at reasonable prices.  It really can’t be beat, plus they are super friendly.  Lots of work on display that you can browse.  Look no further for your body art needs!

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Bar Etis

November 3, 2011
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Name: Bar Etis

Location: Praia da Vitoria, Main shopping street

Phone Number: 295512691

Hours: Lunch only

Looking for a cute cafe where the locals hang out and grab a bite for lunch?  This would be your place.  You would almost never find it if you didn’t know it was there, or if you never stumbled across the ice cream sign in front of the door that looks like there would be anything but a restaurant.  It may seem dark in the entry way, but step inside and you will find a variety of sandwiches and snacks.

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Pastelaria Artesia

September 14, 2011
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Name: Pastelaria Artesia

Location: Praia da Vitoria, shopping plaza with Equipraia

Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 am-8 pm, Closed Sunday

English Menu: No

English Speaking Staff: Some

This is a cute, typical cafe with good foods and friendly service.  They offer a variety of snack type foods and pastries.  The menu is not in English, but it is easy to navigate if you know some basic food words in Portuguese.  Lots of sitting area and bright decor make for a great place to gather with friends, enjoy a snack and some coffee, or just relax and read a book.

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Marina 3 Souvenirs

September 13, 2011
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Name: Marina 3 Souvenirs

Location: Praia da Vitoria, beach front, under/next to the Praia Marina Hotel

Telephone Number: 295 513 499

Website: http://www.marina-souvenirs.com/eng/engindex.html

English Speaking Staff: Yes

Hours: Summer 9 am-9 pm, Winter 9 am-6 pm

There is no other complete souvenir shop like Marina Souvenirs on the island.  Not only is it easy to find, convenient for tourists and packed with goodies, but they have great prices.  Most things here can be found for the same price as other shops or cheaper (a few things are more expensive).  Do not be turned off because it looks too touristy, so you think the prices are too much.  You need to go in and check for yourself.  Gifts range from videos, books, t-shirts, magnets, cow and bull stuffed animals, mugs and so much more.  Whether you have guests visiting, you are heading home for a visit, or just want something to remember the island by, this is a great choice for your souvenir needs.

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Papacorda

September 12, 2011
Name: Papacorda
Location: Angra do Heroismo, Heading up the hill from the main square towards the fire station
Here you will find traditional Portuguese/Azorean dishes.  May be a little hard to find, so keep your eyes open when you are in the area.  Appears clean inside with a friendly staff.
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Palmira Tecidos

September 11, 2011
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Name: Palmira Tecidos

Location: Praia da Vitoria, on the main walking street next to the park/across from the market

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-7 pm and Saturday 9 am-2 pm, closed Sunday

English Speaking: Owner speaks English

This is a local seamstress and fabric shop.  There is a wide variety of fabric to choose from, as well as a variety of yarn, ribbons and other items for making clothes or similar projects.  Ever wanted a dress made from a picture you have seen?  This is the place to go.  Just make sure to give them enough time to get the dress made before your occasion.  You may need to remind them often of your deadline.  They can do minor work, like fixing a hem, all the way up to creating the dress of your dreams.

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Equipraia

September 10, 2011
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Name: Equipraia

AKA: The Man Store

Location: Praia da Vitoria, across from Continente (Modelo)

Website: http://www.equipraia.com/

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-noon and 1:30 pm-6 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon, Closed Sunday

Phone Number: 295 540 300

English Speaking: Some Employees

Do not be fooled by the nickname the Man Store!  Ladies, there is plenty here for you too.  This is a one stop shop for many outdoor and indoor activities.  Here you will find gear for spearfishing and really all kinds of fishing, wet suits included, gardening equipment, and a variety of home improvement items.  This is a great place to start when looking for outdoor activity needs for around the island and around your home.  Before you go ordering online, check out this store first.

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