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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  • Nicely with all the flowers and fruits. Too bad they are so impositions and expensive! But think about markets, it's worth a visit!
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  • Like all markets you have to be street wise, most tourists are now used to buying their fruit & veg from Large supermarkets. Best to wander round the stalls first, see what the prices are and then sel...  more »
  • We were told that the best day to visit was on a Friday, as the fish would have been plentiful. We were not disappointed, there were so many shapes, sizes and colours of fish for sale, it was amazing....  more »
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  • Interesting shops with lovely stuff. Beautiful handcrafted embroidery. Great fruit stalls. Don't forget to taste all the different passion fruit varieties. Nice people. Clean.
  • Beautiful place to visit but the sellers are a tourist trap. You will pay loads of € for fruits that don't taste the same as the ones they give you to try (I suspect adding sugar or flavored syrups). They are all very nice passion fruits but not worth 20€/kg just for a different shapes. I highly recommend taking pictures but not buying anything.
  • A great regional experience with a diverse range of local food, mainly fruits, and drinks. It can get a bit repetitive as many stalls sell what may seem to be the same but each one makes their own and nothing will ever taste the same. A real turndown is how expensive it can be. However, it does not cease to be a mandatory stop for the people visiting the island.
  • This a tourist point of interest known as "Mercado dos Lavradores" (Funchal Marketing). Full of colors and smells from the exotics fruits, vegetables, flowers and Madeira souvenirs. They also sell fresh fishes caught in Madeira's sea.
  • More for the tourists than the locals, constantly being asked to taste stuff. However it was interesting to walk round, the flower sellers are in national costume and I got to see the Scabbard fish in its natural state. It has the world's smallest toilet under the stairs too!

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