If we had a dream store it would be this: beadboard walls, shelves with heaps of tin and copper goods, arranged by type and size. Painted wooden beams and board-on-board ceiling, and a cast iron coal stove to warm things up. It exists as Casa Espigado in Guarda, the highest-altitude and coldest town in Portugal.
The photo above shows a tin lantern, similar to one we have shown before. Above this, a line of four steel cylinders with “teats”. Their purpose is to pour fios de ovos, a Portuguese delicacy made of yolks and sugar in the form of the thinnest strings, combined to create a sort of sweet yellow nest.
Everything about this place is lovely, and it’s been going since 1916. Most of the tin stuff is actuallt made here. If they could only open a sister store in Porto!
Casa Espigado, Rua da Torre 21, Guarda