Funchal Shopping

  • The local market in Funchal.
    The local market in Funchal.
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  • The local market in Funchal.
    The local market in Funchal.
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  • Funchal - Madeira
    Funchal - Madeira
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    Wine shop: Wine shop

    by ettenaj Written Dec 3, 2003

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    Wine

    A small helpful shop with a great selection of Madeira wine and other local spirits. Be sure to look in the window of the shop opposite No.13 which has an intrigung display of suitably dusty vintage bottle, some over 150 years old!!

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    Madeira shopping: A BIG shop

    by salinhopt Written Jul 23, 2003

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    Funchal - Madeira Shopping

    The biggest shop in Madeira! You will not find tradicional things. But if you are looking for fashionable cloth this is the place!
    Inside you can see what a "levada" is and how are thwy made! A diferent way of shopping in Madeira!

    What to buy: Many kind of things!

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    Madeira shopping mall: On a rainy day

    by Vincedem Written Jun 9, 2006

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    As it rains a lot in Madeira it can be hard to fill your days and on a rainy day it maybe could be nice to visit the biggest shopping centre of the Island "Madeira Shopping". The center is a while outside Funchal Center but you can get there easily by bus or taxi.

    It's a big mall with all the modern shops, a bowling, a cinema, McDo, KFC,... So I can imagine that it's perfect to fill a rainy day.

    What to buy: You can find anything there

    What to pay: average prices

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    Mercado dos Lavradores: A place full of life.

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    The fish market at the back of the building.
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    On this huge central courtyard vendors had displayed their fruit and vegetables in amazingly colourful pyramids. In the side-galleries we saw stands with Madeira wine, fresh meat, all sorts of candies, leather bags, milk products, et cetera. In the back of the building there was quite a large seperated part with its own entrance. Right there we saw this huge fish market, where the fish arrived and was cleaned at the same spot. There were some stands where the fish was sold and we were really impressed by it, because we saw a lot of native fish like the Espada (scabbard fish), prawns and other fish we didn't recognised. Of course many of them were still alive -> Talking about fresh!

    It's quite a typical place as we found fresh food, accessories, but above all, a burst of colours, people, voices, light, noices, aromas and characters straight out of a storybook. We visited this market twice. Once to admire the tiles outside this building out of 1940 itself and the second time to actually visit the market inside. Relinde did buy some fresh stuff for diner, a nice leather bag was even able to hagle a few Euro’s off the price. Later on I even got some candies for Iris and a banana kids for free! We simply loved this colourful place full of life.

    What to buy: You can buy any of the island's specialties.

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    Mercado dos Lavradores: Hive of activity!

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    Hive of activity, riot of colours, smell it!
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    We can honestly state that if you are looking to buy fresh food in a very picturesque setting, be sure to visit Mercado dos Lavradores near the Old City of Funchal. Once we entered it we witnessed that here, the stand owners still engage in the direct and personalised sale of day-to-day products. Coming via the main entrance we saw two floors and a large central courtyard. Immediately we witnessed the hive of activity and the atmosphere was a riot of colours.

    We did walk around for almost an hour, we went upstairs and downstairs. For some time we just stood at the side of the courtyard to just witness the scenes produced by all the people around. We smelled (and almost could taste) the aromas from the various exotic flowers, fruit and vegetables, willow works, fish and other local products of the island of Madeira. We noticed that some of the stalls were already closed and we learned that they were sold out for the day, so they did well! Some of the vendors were in traditional costumes, which again added to the vibrancy of this magical place.

    What to buy: You can buy any of the island's specialties.

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    Mercado dos Lavradores: Meaning "Worker's Market".

    by Jerelis Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    Beautiful tile decorations at the fa��ade.
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    Trade has been the most important sector in Funchal since the city was founded. In recent years, retailers have been an engine of growth for the city, especially the local offer. Along the streets facing the Praça do Municipio (Municipal Square) most of the traditional businesses are clustered. And if you really like souvenir shopping, many of the little shops are hidden away in various arcades dotted around the Old City. Don't, however, expect any large shops or chain-stores. Madeira is not quite like that: it has more character. Part of this character is Mercado dos Lavradores (Worker's Market) near the Old Town, where you can buy any of the island's specialties.

    Mercado dos Lavradores is housed in an important Moderist building out of 1941. Before we entered it we decided to have a drink at the tiny square in front of it, so we could enjoy our view at some of the most beautiful tile decorations at the façade of this building with a nice cold beer next to us. Despite the beautiful tile decorations the building was nothing to look at, but once we entered it we witnessed that the life and atmosphere inside was definately a lot more charming and a kind of electric. We immediately spotted the flower sellers dressed in traditional colourful costumes at the entrance we must say that their flower stalls were trully spectacular.

    What to buy: You can buy any of the island's specialties.

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    The market hall.

    by cachaseiro Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    The local market in Funchal.
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    The old market hall in Funchal is still alive and kicking with an active fruit and vegetable market aswell as a flower market and a big fish market at the back of the hall.
    There are a few tourist shops aswell and tourists go there, but it is first of all a place where the locals go to get fresh produce from the farms and the fishermen and this is the real deal when it comes to markets so you should pop by for a visit and suck in the local scene when you are in Funchal.

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  • Madeira Shopping: Shopping

    by MichPatricia Written Jul 16, 2003

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    We visited Madeira Shopping which had loads of stores similar to London where I live, I did buy something out there in a well known high street store, when I came back to London and went to the same store, I found the garment for more than double the price.

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    Anadia: Saved from flooding

    by solopes Updated Oct 6, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira

    Located close to the Farmer's market, this mall was severely hit by the recent dramatic flooding. It was nice to see that it is almost completely recovered and back to work, but I didn't enter.

    Of course, Fernanda did it, and left quickly. Bad signal - small place, or still many shops to reopen?

    I checked internet and it seems to be working normally again (please, don't tell anything to Fernanda...)

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    Bazar do Povo: Oldest Shop

    by salinhopt Updated Feb 5, 2004

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    Funchal - Bazar do Povo

    The oldest Department store in Madeira, Bazar do Povo commemorated its 120th aniversary last year. The building still has the same facades and stores. You'll find many different things to buy.

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    Souvenir \machim: Souvenir

    by ettenaj Written Dec 3, 2003

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    Table linen

    A wide choice of Madeiran souvenirs, including table linen, wickerwork embroidered blouses, fans and bags.

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    A Rosa Florista: Birds of Paradise

    by ettenaj Written Sep 27, 2003

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    bird of paradise

    Many top hotels have florists in the lobby shops and you can order flowers boxed for taking home from A Rosa Florista

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    Funchal's Market: Local Specialities

    by kbl Written Aug 9, 2003

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    What to buy: Flowers are off course the main item that is sold here, but you'll find excellent fruits and vegetables as well as fish.

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    Fernão Ornelas: Shopping street

    by solopes Updated Oct 9, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira
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    If I had to choose a shopping area in Funchal it would be this one. At least, witha acentral location, it was the area where Fernanda felt more... comfortable, if you know what I mean.

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