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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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Good for a short visit for the bustling fresh fish markets

We have visited the market several times, and its biggest attraction is all the amazing fresh seafood on display - from the scary-looking Espada ("the ugly fish that tastes great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Colourful busy market place with history. Tiling is beautiful whilst. The three levels accommodate just about everything you might want. The fish market is particularly interesting and, the wall displays are informative for fish identification.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We have visited the market several times, and its biggest attraction is all the amazing fresh seafood on display - from the scary-looking Espada ("the ugly fish that tastes great" as the Madeirans call it!) to the colossal tuna fish being prepared. There is also a colourful display of fruit, plants, bulbs and seeds - plants unique to Madeira and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

You need to visit this place, even just for a glance. but be prepared to say: no thank you/just bought/ we're flying home today... a million times. If you want to buy fruit negotiate price beforehand (that papaya 3 euro) don't give them the advantage. Keep smiling and they will too. But i find it best you buy your fruit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

An amazing array of fruit and vegetables in this bustling market. But my main reason for coming here again was to revisit the wonderful fish market next door. The tile murals are wonderful as is the choice of fresh fish. If only our cruise chef could have shopped here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Great place in centre of Funchal, wonderfully colourful,bustling and busy most of the time, fish market at back should not be missed, lovely cafe in front if you want to watch the world go by or upstairs at the back if you want peace and tranquility, no hassle anywhere.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

When I refused to pay 15 euros for 6 passion fruit, the vendor got extremely aggressive, calling me bad names and expressing his displeasure with international hand gestures. Then he grabbed my arm when I attempted to take his photo. Although I told him do not touch me, I did not feel like I had any ally at this market... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This market has some really tasty fruit which we don't have in the UK, so is well worth a visit for that alone. However, like other people have said in their reviews, watch out for the sellers upstairs as they are very pushy, much like the waiters outside the restaurants in the old town, so if you want to have... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We visited this with the family and my adult daughter had to leave as she felt totally claustraphobic upstairs where the fruit sellers swarm around you like flies. The fish market (at the back) is worth a glance and a photo, but if I wanted to buy anything else I wouldn't visit this market.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It'a amazing how many different kinds of fruit and grocery you can find in thet very picturesque market. And if you're a little short of time, and need to get a good bottle of "Madeira Wine", and some flowers for an unforgettable date, it's certainly the place you must visit!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Been visiting this market for ten years. Access is now easier from the main promenade since the major post-flooding building works have been completed. It's a lovely building. That's where the attraction really ends. There are some nice people on the stalls downstairs and one or two upstairs but the fruit-sellers upstairs have one aim - to fleece the unsuspecting... More 

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Address: Address: Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal
Phone Number: 291214080
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Madeira Islands  >  Madeira  >  Funchal

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