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“Fruit sellers upstairs are con artists” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)

Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)
Largo dos Lavradores, Funchal, Madeira 9060 158, Portugal
291214080
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Ranked #1 of 12 Shopping in Funchal
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Malls, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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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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“Fruit sellers upstairs are con artists”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

many people have already said this but the fruit sellers upstairs are extremely dishonest and will charge you way way over the odds for their fruit and will sometimes give you something different to what you tasted. The key is to make sure you get them to tell you up front what the cost of the fruit is before you buy it. Also if they get you to try a small cherry like fruit which will be sweet and tasty be careful you don't end up with another small red fruit that is different and tastes sour. Avoid unless you have your wits about you!

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“Very interesting, colorful but be careful for the prices!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We loved this market, however, be careful, the fruit sellers on the second floor invite you to taste their fruit and although it is delicious, it is very expensive (we bought two mangoes, some passion fruit type things that are local and a few other fruit) and the total came to 33 euros! The fruit was however so lovely when we got to our apartment and we enjoyed it for a couple of days. The rest of the market if very colorful, loud and what I imagine a market should be.

Visited August 2013
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Bern
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“Horrible!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We had to taste every fruit, the sellers in the second floor are very pushy and the take all your money with a smile, knowing that you as a stupid tourist pay far too much. So be prepared, don't taste the fruits and just walk through.

Visited September 2013
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“Bursting with colour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The market is a bustling hub of colour from flowers, fruit, spices etc. There is also a fascinating fish market next door, and some souvenir stalls. Refused free samples so did not get hassled by touts.

Visited August 2013
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“Interesting & Tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We wandered around viewing fish, flowers, fruit, veg and the wares typical of Madeira. We tasted the produce offered by the fruit sellers without feeling pressured to buy. On a second visit we bought some passionfruit at a price that we were happy to pay. Compare the fruit you are offered to taste with that which you are going to buy - is the outside same colour/texture that way you get the best ripeness! The market is an enjoyable experience and we did not feel any sellers were too pushy. Taste, smell, enjoy!

Visited August 2013
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