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. Our Funchal itinerary planner makes visiting Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores) and other Funchal attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Our only regret is that we haven't had a chance to go there on the weekend when it busy. You can find there fruits, vegetables, lots of seeds, spices and plants - the displays are beautiful! At the en...  more »
  • Nothing exceptional, they had already seen much nicer and much more lively markets. A little disappointed...
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  • A simple site that portrays the best in Madeira Island, passing mandatory for locals and tourists.
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  • A great array of fruit and vegetables. Definitely worth a visit. The further we went in to the market the cheaper some of the fruit came. BE WARNED: There is an exotic fruit stand to the far right of the market. After been given little samples of some of the fruit, we decided to purchase 4 of them. The woman bagged them for us and sent us inside to pay. There the woman behind the till took the bag and placed it on a counter out of view while serving another customer. Then she weighed ours and the price came to €11.19. Seemed expensive for 4 pieces of fruit. It wasn't until we got home we realized that we had bought 8 pieces of fruit and some of them weren't ones we had asked for. Seems like an easy way to rip off tourists
  • Fruit, vegetable, fish and meat market. Best visited on Friday or Saturday to see it full of products. Like many similar markets around the world, full of tourists. It does look good and is worth a visit. However, in my experience, it wasn't fun to shop there. Pretty much everything can be bought outside the market for much less, without the pressure, there was nothing truly special or unique about the experience either. It is a shame because it could be really good. I will visit again, but I might not be shopping.
  • Whole market is set up to strip cash from tourists. Exotic fruits are overpriced (what is normal in such place) but they also cheat clients. You can taste one sweet, tasty fruit, and when you want to buy more of them, you get different ones. Also prices that you see are different that are used. Place to see, but don't buy anything.
  • Its ground-floor fish and meat market is still an essential part of daily life in Funchal, as restaurants buy food supplies there. The first floor is rather touristy but still nice. A free toilet.
  • Worthy visit on Saturday morning. This is the most common market in Funchal, where you can buy local products (fruit, vegetable, honey, etc.). Impressive fish market (be sure to arrive early in the morning, otherwise chefs take the best). Full of tourists and a bit expensive.