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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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Activities: Shopping
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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Just use the regular stalls

I would reiterate what others have said - upstairs on Friday or Sat you get a lot of pressure selling but it would be a shame to miss the chance to see and try fruits you don't... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I would reiterate what others have said - upstairs on Friday or Sat you get a lot of pressure selling but it would be a shame to miss the chance to see and try fruits you don't get at home like the Monstera fruit, custard Apple, Apple bananas etc. we found the regular shops round the outside of the market... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I echo the views of others, whose reviews I wish I'd read first. Pushy vendors upstairs insisted I tasted passion fruit, even though I had no intention of buying. They were all delicious. Thinking it would be rude of me to leave without purchasing anything I bought a large yellow passion fruit, imagining it would be pricey...perhaps as much as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My guidebook to Madeira recommended a daily visit to these markets but once was enough for me! I was hoping this would be a place where we could pick up some traditional/fresh foods for picnic lunches such as breads, cheeses, meats etc. but couldn't find any of these. There were flowers, fruits, veg, fish and souvenir tat on sale but... More 

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We arrived at this place with high expectations since we were told this was a traditional market. it's a beautiful place and everything was fine until we got to the second floor. Very aggressive sellers were literally holding us and throwing pieces of fruits in our hands. Reluctantly we gave in and accepted on taking some "tropical" fruits. Ended up... More 

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South coast England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It is a beautiful building, great displays on the ground floor; and fascinating fish market. However, beware: if you venture upstairs you will be hit by extremely skilled high-pressure sales based on offering (almost forcing) free samples of fruit/juice. We spent the rest of our holiday lamenting how gullible we had been to pay £20 for 10 pieces of fruit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 via mobile

we were lured in by a fruit vendor who gave us samples of really nice fruits. When we decided to buy some to take back to our hotel, she told us that our approx 10 pieces of fruit and some dried fruit and macadamia nuts would be €85!! The prices were per 100g instead of kg. very misleading. When I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

It's difficult to see what the big deal is about this market. It's predominantly a fruit market and much the same as any of those to be found in the UK.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I love this traditional market of Funchal which is located at the bottom of the town high street. Down stairs they sell home grown produce of fruit and veg, beautiful flowers, plants, seeds, wine, meat etc. Upstairs more specially prepared fruit that's been dried, unusual fruit etc. At the rear there if a real fish market and you can see... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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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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