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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  • August 19, 2017
    Semi market covered on two storeys over a basement. There are the richness of flowers, fruit, vegetables and fishery of Madeira. It's even intoxicating. But there is also a souvenir shops and dealers who make their money on the tourists. € 7.66 two fruits of passion... we did have. The merchant has seen we have understood, she gave us 5 bananas. Caution
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  • August 18, 2017
    The market is not particularly authentic nor picturesque. Depending on from which site you enter, you are confronted with (very) smelly fish or smell-free flowers. In between there are cheap souvenir ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful art deco building! Beautiful stalls!! Herbal stall on the first floor is top. On the first floor is in stall 17 ' botanica ', super sweet lady who sells flowers, plants and seeds and much explanation! Some fruit sellers are a bit pushy.
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  • Interesting building. Beware of rip off dried fruit salesmen on first floor. They're skilled and work in packs so you can't get away. If you want to pay 50 euros for a bag of dried fruit you'll love it. If not AVOID.
  • I could give 5 stars but the sellers inside try to rip you off in every way they can. But the market itself is amazing! Specially the fish part. Worth seeing!
  • Has a nice open square inside, with lots of shops with all kinds of stuff and an interesting fish market at the far end. The sales people on the first floor can be a bit pushy though. However there is a nice rooftop cafe to relax in if it gets too bad. Visit weekends before noon for the best experience.
  • Beware of the woman of the dried fruits and the passion fruit on the upper floor. These are the regrettable or disgusting facts of my experience: 1. Pinches dried fruit sample with bare hands, puts the remaining piece back in the counter 2. Doesn't openly inform of the price of the dried fruit (50 EUR/kg) 3. When requested "some dried fruit", tries to grab *a lot*. Almost 700 grs. in my case. 4. When asked to put half of it back, she will do that with her bare hands, visibly upset. 5. The whole time she was scratching one of her hands. 6. With some passion fruits, this is probably illegal, the girl (daughter?) adds sugar to them slyly on the background, then handles them to the woman, who offers them as "the sweet ones" 7. The passion fruits will be offered on a spoon that goes very close to the outer side of your hand, and then back to the fruit. You are supposed to lick your hand every time. 8. The woman will not stop offering you one sample after another. Hinders any paused thinking. 9. Sells low quality apples, with sticky skin at 3.50 EUR/kg when the rest of the market shops have better ones at 2.20 EUR/kg
  • Arrived here late in the afternoon. Unfortunately the fish market (my favourite) was already closed. However the fruit on display looks very good and everybody offers some samples to taste (including dried fruits). Do visit this market (entrance is free of course). It was one of the highlights for me when visiting Funchal

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