Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores), Funchal

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The hub of commercial activity in the port city, Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores) brings together the region's scents, colors, and flavors. Situated in the center of the city, the market offers everything from fresh fish and meat to tropical fruits, exotic flowers, and local crafts. Combining covered spaces and open-air sections, the two-story market represents a blend of Art Deco and Modernist architectural styles. Start your visit at the central courtyard, where you can bargain and taste before you purchase pineapples, bananas, mangos, or passion fruit. Discover how to plan a Funchal trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • It's a place to see Madeira, that changes of french conventional markets. Multitude of fruit, flowers, fish etc. Vendors however cease to want to taste their products in order to sell them... Beware!
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  • It’s a colourful , vibrant place we’ve been going to most days during our holiday, mostly for fish for lunch. The fish section down stairs is fantastic with a good range of fish to choose from with ve...  more »
  • This market is a real blast for the senses! So much color, smell, tastes, textures and sounds. Although I believe it was not the ideal time to visit, February, I was amazed at what my senses picked up. In the summer with all those fruits only in the right time should be even better. A must for must-see.
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  • This place is really worth to be visited but be very careful, prices of fresh fruits can shock you. Unfortunately ground floor sellers on the sides with fantastic exposed items working on the reputation that adversely affects tourism. The positive aspect is that you can find very exotic fruits there and try them. Its up to you decide whether you want to overpay or not. I've decided to buy some fresh tiny bananas and some other fruits from local farmers in the middle of the market for less than half price.
  • It's a week back and I still feel like a stupid goose which has been easily ripped off paying €20 for few tinny fruits. Please avoid the shop on the right back corner from the main entrance. I think it's the biggest one with plenty of passion fruits, little bananas and other exotic fruits. The lady grabbed my hand and put some of the passion fruit on it with little spoon for me to taste it. She was very persuasive and presented quite intimidating style of sales not taking 'no' for the answer. At the end she has put some of fruits in the bag and asked to follow her inside the shop where she weighted it all. I have asked her to remove few fruits as was concerned about the price but still at the end she asked for €20. I really don't know what the spell she's put on me as I've payed it!!! And still regret my stupidity! I SHOULD HAVE WALKED AWAY..... AND ADVISE YOU ALL TO DO IT! DO NOT GET TRAPPED IN THIS SCAM! I give 2 stars because I have also got some tasty little bananas in the middle of the market sold by proper farmer for €2 for kilo. This was nice but the bitter taste of the visit to this market still remains....
  • This is definitely worth a visit and you can't just look you will be impelled to touch which will lead you to buy some wonderful fruit & veg. Take a look out the back at the fish market and you may well buy again looks so good. Pop up stairs to relax with a coffee or a beer. Take your camera.
  • Go straight up to the roof top bar and enjoy the sunshine whilst you sup a chilled beer. Then back down and fill your shopping bag with an amazing variety of passion fruit. In England we make do with one type. Here there's at least half a dozen.
  • Had quick look around market and only bought some very ripe bananas. Did not want to get into tasting fruit. Bought most veg and fruit in Supermarket, as it was fresh and had no hassle from people trying to make you buy.
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