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Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)

Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Malls, Shopping
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
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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cheltenham
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The fish market part of the market was amazing to see, facinating, huge black scabbards that look more like eels than fish, and enormous Tuna fish, in comparison to the teeny weeny tuna steaks we have to put up with at home. Loads of stalls, peppers and chillies hanging up on stalls, fabulous displays of local produce and crafts on... More 

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Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We have visited the market before, but this time we got enough!! What should have been a grelt experience ended up in a great disappointment. We were cheated by one of the salesmen who sold us sultanas telling us they were of best quality. The price was far too high and the quality far too low. Don't you ever do... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The sellers will sell a fruit which is a cross of a banana and pineapple. It is very expensive and they all say it is native to Madeira but actually it is imported from South America, along with most of the sweet exotic passion fruit they have, The man on the 1st floor who puts fruit on the back of... More 

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Well worth a visit to see the flowers, the fish and the amazing selection of fruit and vegetables grown on the island. They do offer you a taste of the fruits (all customers appearing to use the same spoon!) but you don't really feel pressured to try. It was really interesting to walk around and see all the sights, although... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

Visited this market Tuesday 25th November 2014 a little late to check out the fresh fish as they were just cleaning up. Excellent quality fruit but was under pressure from the moment I stepped in to try their produce However I am not sure where they obtained their British tomatoes from as I have never seen tomatoes that shape or... More 

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Mevagissey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A must see visit to this busy, colorful, noisy indoor market, which sells fruit and veg, flowers, general store items and a fish market. The atmosphere is always good, and everything on offer looks of good quality. A photo delight, with its many colours lightening up your pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Always good to visit the local market wherever you are, but beware, the fruits they offer as a taster before buying are sweetened with sugar, so ask for a new one to be cut to taste! Very pushy for you to buy, which explains why they sweeten their tasters. Having said all that, you don't have to purchase, although some... More 

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