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Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)

Address: Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal
Phone Number: 291214080
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Malls, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This open market is a hive of activity, noise, color and high-energy, where you can buy any of...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Malls, Shopping & Fashion
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: 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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

easy to find location a few local hand knitted/crochet garments very pretty the ladies selling these were dressed in traditional Portuguese attire there were a lot of local fruit and veg available and quite astonished at the amount of different varieties of passion fruit while there I purchased a banana-pineapple strange looking but fantastic flavour even though i was conned... More 

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Bath
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is an amazing market with a fantastic array of produce. It is interesting to taste the various fruits but as others have said be warned about buying anything - prices are ridiculous. With that in mind it is definitely worth a visit.

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Ware, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

The market is a very lively and interesting place to visit but avoid going upstairs! On the ground floor and in the fish hall is were locals shop and the fruit and veg are fresh and appropriately priced. Friendly people, lively and colourful. Upstairs is a tourist trap with very pushy sellers and incredibly overpriced products! Fruits are priced by... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We enjoyed walking round this market watching the fishmongers ay work and admiring the produce. The variety of seeds on sale was amazing. Unfortunately, we too got caught by the pushy passion fruit sellers upstairs and ended up paying well over the odds for a couple of pieces of fruit. If only I had checked the comments here before we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A very picturesque market but got thoroughly ripped off up stairs when we consented to try some passionfruit. The pulp had been doctored with sugar and when we bought some it was not sweet, very expensive and very disappointing. The vendors obviously don't realise that they spoil what is a lovely sight by being dshonest and pushy. They also mar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Started by grandparents in the '60s and extended by their daughter, this display is beautiful and the stall holder ( Dad and grandson) knowledgeable on herbal remedies. Worth a visit even if you only want a bit of rosemary for your roasties. - (if only I knew how to upload a picture to Tripadvisor !)

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Winsum, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a perfect place to learn about food on Madeira. Beautifully arranged. (Be sure to bring your camera!) The vendors are very friendly and explain how to eat different fruits etc. Everybody tries to attract your attention, maybe the best way is to buy a few items at a time.

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cheltenham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Be aware that the aggressive sellers especially upstairs are out to fleece you. Not since the market in Florence have we been so set up, nothing is priced which is unusual, we were asked for 30 euros for a bag of bananas and passion fruit! However there is more choice and better quality here than in the Pimgo Doce supermarket.... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The other recent reviews accurately reflect my experience. The market was an interesting place but let down by the traders at the top of the steps to the upper floor. These people create a bad impression for the whole market - trying to rip you off with hard sales techniques and silly prices. Beware of these people - if you... More 

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Newcastle UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Avoid at all costs the second floor of the fruit market. All of the traders are like a school of piranahas, without excepion, waiting to pounce. DO NOT try any of the produce, or you will be charged 10 times the cost of the same fruit on sale downstairs. Pineapple/banana fruit - ground floor €1.50 each, but upstairs €15.00 /... More 

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