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Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)

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Address: Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal
Phone Number: 291214080
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Description: This open market is a hive of activity, noise, color and high-energy...
This open market is a hive of activity, noise, color and high-energy, where you can buy any of Madeira's specialties from fresh fish and vegetables to exotic flowers and local crafts. Purchase tropical fruits, vegetables and spices on the upper floor; fish and meat are for sale on the lower floor.
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Lively and colourful

Lively and colourful market. (Stinky in the fish part). Amazing variety of plants and foods. Lovely embroidered items. Herbs. spices, seeds, wine, baskets lots to see and choose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Annette Z
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Arnprior, Canada
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Like a lot of other reviewers I really wish I'd seen the reviews before visiting! The market is an interesting place and there are lots of veg sellers who aren't at all pushy, but the fruit sellers on the second floor are pretty grim really and give the market a bad name. I stupidly got sucked into tasting some (lovely)... More 

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Arnprior, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Lively and colourful market. (Stinky in the fish part). Amazing variety of plants and foods. Lovely embroidered items. Herbs. spices, seeds, wine, baskets lots to see and choose from. Was not overly crowded and did not find the vendors to be pushy at all despite many other reviews I had read.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

On Fridays, this market really sings with activity: women in national costumes sell flowers on the street outside; fruit and veggies are inside and upstairs; the ugly black scabbard fish and huge tuna chunks are in the back. We got lovely fruit for our picnics here. Once done here, go to the artisan market about a block back--Amazen--and see the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

There are many reviews of this place. You know what to expect. Feast your eyes with colours and variety of unsual fruits that are hardly to spot in one place anywhere else in the world (that is due to Madeira's climate combined with Portugues merchants bringing seeds and plants from every corner of the world over past centuries). Buying things... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This market in the centre of Funchal sells fresh fish, including the famous black espada fish, flowers, fruit,vegetables and tourist souvenirs. There are 3 floors, with the fish market being at the bottom. It is always very crowded and there are many people offering free samples of fruit and wine. The colour comes from the beautiful goods on offer.

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

When travelling to a new city we love to go to the local markets just to see the different food and flowers. We really enjoyed looking at the different fruit and flowers but this market is rather small and dull when compared to markets in cities like Malaga, Barcelona, Tenerife etc. As well there was a considerable stench in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I called at the Market as soon as it opened in order to see the busy fish market I read about. In reality there were perhaps half a dozen Fishmongers. Just t.he same it was very interesting seeing the range and size of the fish. What was spectacular was the range of vegetables, flowers and fruit on sale, that area... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The flower, vegetable and fish markets each have their own special character. Many of the traders wear national costume and the variety of products on sale will amaze. Do take care! The fruit sellers, upstairs, will astound you with the extensive range of exotic fruits. They will draw you in to tasting the delights, especially the passion fruits. They then... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We wished we would have read some of the reviews before going to this market, they may have saved this horrible experience. As soon as you get to the top of the stairs you get ambushed with fruit sellers giving lovely tasty samples of all types of Passion fruit. So delicious we agreed to buy some, then we were hit... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I wish I had read the reviews on this market before going! It is very colourful and full of lovely flowers and exotic fruit, however, when we went up to the second level a fellow at the top of the stairs started giving my husband and I samples of fruit and we couldn't get away from him. I said I... More 

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