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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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All colors of Madeira are here

If you happen to be in Funchal center you'll definitely find yourself nearby the Mercado dos Lavradores. Better to come here in the morning to see the fish market - this is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

fabulous range of veg, fruit and flowers/bulbs very colourful and photogenic but be VERY wary of fruit sellers who offer you a taste of fruit..usually a tiny spoonful of juice on the back of your hand...deliscious as they are they are VERY expensive...two large orange sized , two original sized and one tangerine sized mixed flavour passion fruit came to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Hadn't read the reviews on here and like others were duped into paying over the top prices for fruit that didn't taste like the samples offered. Perhaps we were guilty of being naive but we have previously found the Madeirans to be friendly, helpful and honest. This place is doing no favours for the reputation of the Madeiran tourist industry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

If you happen to be in Funchal center you'll definitely find yourself nearby the Mercado dos Lavradores. Better to come here in the morning to see the fish market - this is the best part of the Mercado. I was able to see a giant tuna carcass...just caught in the ocean, and traditional Portuguese swordfish (Espada), which by the way... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's not a traditional calm workers market at all. Possible on the lower level, but do not take the stairs up to the second floor. You will get ambushed by all the sellers that will give you a bit of tasty bits of fruit and then you will have to pay a lot to even buy a few of them.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The market is a nice place to walk round, downstairs is mostly fish and meat. We had a walk round the fruit, and numerous market stalls were offering free samples. AVOID BUYING ANYTHING AT THIS MARKET!!! We went to one stall and thought we would support a local industry. The girl came over and offered a sample of passion fruit,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

You cannot go to Funchal and not pay a visit to the Mercado dos Lavradores. Such beautiful colours and smells - how fruit really should be. Really fun just to wander around and taste some of the samples on offer and stare in amazement at fruit that you would never have seen anywhere else before.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

a visit to the market is a must. It's not huge but great to look around. If you get there in the morning you can catch sight of the fish market. At the entrance you are greeted by the flower market with all the sellers dressed in traditional dress. Further inside you can find lots of fruit and veg. This... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

we wandered round both upstairs and downstairs, no hassle, just ignored the freebies!!!, offered, as we all know there is no such thing as a freebie, exotic fruits and veg, great flowers downstairs, and not expensive, just 2 euros for a large bunch of fragrant flowers. Nice Café by front entrance, but with miserable waitresses

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