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Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)

Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal
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Ranked #1 of 10 Shopping in Funchal
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Malls
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... more » 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. « less
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Vila do Conde, Portugal
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The market is for sure worth a visit since it's very traditional. Maybe not the most affordable place to buy fruits and vegetables.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We like to be free to look and choose what to buy. Being constantly asked where we are from and having insults showered on us if we ignore them is a terrible experience. While they have hopes that we might buy from them, they are nice. As soon as they see that we don't want to, they turn nasty. And... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The market is located next to Funchal's old town, and is a turist attraction. Nicely organized, you get small pieces of exotic fruit to taste at all the stands. Specially in the first floor. But... beware the prices once you decide to buy (which you do by politeness after having tasted...!). For example, the kg of passion fruit was EUR... More

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

The mercado dos lavradores is typical of the area. The food is laid out in wonderful appealing way by the people, some of whom make, grow, distill and sell the products. Especially if you are in self catering in Funchal, then this market will meet all your needs. Just lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a very nice place to visit. But if you are a tourist check the price before tasting anything because they make higher prices for tourists. Also check if the fruits are really from Madeira and not an import from else where. The best fruits from madeira are: maracujá, tangerina and banana.

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Plymouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the market, especially seeing all the fruit and vegetables. The fish market downstairs is amazing. But the best place was the lovely cafe upstairs called the Macaronesia Garden Terrace cafe. It was surrounded by plants and there were umbrellas and nice whicker furniture. We had lovely cool drinks which were reasonably priced and served by... More

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I visited the market in Funchal during our recent holiday. Having read previous negative reviews about people feeling pressurised into trying fruit samples and then regretting buying over-priced items, I was a little wary. However, we found that provided you were prepared to say 'no thank you' and not get 'drawn in' (unless you actually do want... More

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Bristol, UK
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Fruit, flowers, fish. Souvenirs, like leather and cork gifts. Walk in off the main road and there are ladies in traditional dress selling exotic flowers - strelitza, protea, all sorts of very strange looking things. The fruit is upstairs, and be aware that they are selling exotic varieties of passion fruit while concealing the price from you. There are lots... More

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Formby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The central market is also one one of the main attractions for tourists visiting Funchal. it is always busy and visually exciting; starting from the traditionally dressed flower sellers outside the entrance with their colourful displays. The approach into the market itself is of a constant vision of colour and shape from the huge variety of fruits and vegetables which... More

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Bergen, Norway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Entering the market, we were met by beautiful flowers and people selling all kinds of interesting local merchandise. There was a lady selling leather wallets that were very nice, and some local jewellery that was creative and reasonably priced. Going upstairs we were met by two very eager sellers who offered us samples of different passion fruits, which tasted very... More

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