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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  • 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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