Madeira Island Shopping

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    Mercado dos Lavradores (market): Expensive mango!

    by irinuca Written Aug 28, 2011

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    The bulding is in heart of Funchal.Is the place where all the farmers and fishermen are selling their products.
    The moment they here you tourist the price will go up, we bought a mango for 2.50€ and was very small...But the way is arranged and the sfeer all is worth to visit.

    What to buy: We got ourselvs the drinks tipical from Madeira, liquiors.

    What to pay: If you want to buy fruits from here just negotiate the price.

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    Pingo Doce: Supermarket

    by Jannice48 Updated Jun 12, 2008

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    With more than 200 stores (Portugal mainland and Madeira) and around 8000 employees, Pingo Doce is the largest supermarket chain in Portugal. In each store there is the commitment to supply perishables and everyday household products, with the warranty of low prices and good service.

    What to buy: Everything you could imagine is available from this store,ideal for your groceries etc,fresh fruit and vegetables,to drinks.

    What to pay: Usual supermarket prices

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    Markets: Fresh seafood & flowers

    by PALLINA Written Sep 11, 2007

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    Tropical flowers in Mercado dos Lavradores
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    The Mercado dos Lavradores is really worthseeing. At the entrance you see immediately tropical flowers everywhere and fruits, vegetables (also very strange ones: a mix between banana and ananas, a lot of types of maracuja etc) and seafood everywhere. It's amazing to see people cutting, preparing and selling fishes, enormous codfish, thunafisch, espada fishes and many others. Don't forget your camera!

    Not so known but however nice is the covered market in Canico: especially food and fish. No tourists at all.

    What to buy: Flowers are beautiful and very cheap (a bunch with more than 10 "STERLIZIE" costed at Canico market only 2 €....the whole bunch!!!!) and Madeirans are used to pack them in a very intelligent way. I bought also bulbs, now growing on my balcony.

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    The souvenirshop at the parking lot.: Pico do Arieiro - Don't buy anything there!

    by Jerelis Updated Oct 11, 2006

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    Relinde during a strenous walk at the mountain rim

    Madeira's third highest mountain has a parking lot, a bar and souvenir shops on top. When we returned to the Pico do Arieiro after our strenious hike, we were unpleasantly surprised by the large amount of tourists who just came there for a quick photo of the view and left again with the coach.

    Just to blow off some steam we sat down in the sun and did some walking around at the parking lot. After that we had a cool drink at the lobby of the hotel Pousada Pico do Arieiro. We also had a look at the gift shop right there for our pin on our walking stick. We found out that this particular shop was the most expensive one on the entire island! So, don't buy anything right there.

    What to pay: Way too much!

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    Grocery Stores: Shopping on Madeira

    by sunchasers Updated Sep 10, 2006

    The major grocery chains on Madeira are Modelo, Sa, and one other store whose name i've fogotten (pingo dolce or something lit in a green banner). Although there are smaller shops all over the place, if you're staying in a self-catering apartment, these stores have a wider selection. There are 3-4 major grocery stores in Ribiera Brava, so if you're staying on the southwestern part of the island, I would recommend buying groceries here.

    What to buy: madeiran specialties: honey cake, biscuits, wine

    What to pay: 2.50 EUR for a six pack of beer
    1-3 EUR for a bottle of wine
    3 EUR for chicken breasts
    1 EUR for pasta

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    Traditional Madeira Honey Cake

    by MarioPortugal Updated May 8, 2006

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    What to buy: The Bolo de Mel or Honey Cake is a typical Madeira cake.

    Ingredients: Wheat flour, sugar, sugar cane honey, pork fat, butter, mixed spices, nuts, almonds, raisins, and Madeira Wine (glad to know there's Madeira Wine here).

    For better taste the secret is to use your hands to slice it. If you use a knife, the cake will taste different. So, my suggestion is stick with your fingers and do not worry about the knife. :-)

    Another interesting characteristic is that the Bolo de Mel could be stored for several months !!! .... - Well... that depends. I must confess the one I was given last week (pictured here for this Tip) lasted just a couple hours in my hands. :-)

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    Lacey Lady

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Feb 2, 2006

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    Madeira overhung by heavy cloud

    Because we were cossetted up in the hills of Madeira in our wonderfully luxurious spa hotel, we left our shopping to the day before we flew home. It was a Saturday and this proved to be a big big mistake as we didn't realise that the shops close Saturday afternoons.

    However, from the small handful that we discovered open, I discovered Madeiran lace. It's absolutely stunning and very well priced indeed. I just brought home some lace doileys and table runners for the house, but there were so many stunning items to choose from!

    Madeira is renowned for its wine, its walks, and the flora and fauna. Somebody needs to let us know about the lace:-)

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    mercado2

    by quartinb Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    right at the heart of the beautiful city of Funchal , of course, goin' there is a great experience even if yu 'r not to keen of shoping.
    i garantie a couple of hours of pure joy.
    just go there and let it flow....

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    mercado dos lavradores

    by quartinb Updated Nov 14, 2005

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    is a peculiar and special place, where yu can find all sort of things.food: meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.
    and of course a flowerish island, flowers.
    a place where smells and colours mixed. a real must do activity once yu are at funchal.

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    Market in the downtown: Tropical fruits and flowers

    by AnaMargarida Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    The market is a place to not to lose. There you can find everything that is typical of this area an organized way and with the characteristic sympathy of the traditional markets.

    What to buy: Here, you`ll find everything you`d expect and lots of surprises; tropical fruits, flowers, baskets in wicker, regional craft, honey cakes, and other typical things.

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    Madeira Shopping: Shopping Center

    by AnaMargarida Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    Just 10 minutes from the city centre, you will find one of the biggest shopping centres on the island, a spacious complex with unique features and many fabulous offers.

    Consisting of 83 shops, Madeira Shopping has a leisure area with 20 restaurants, a nice terrace with sea view, 7 cinemas and Microlândia (bowling, virtual reality machines and mini golf). The good thing for tourists in Portugal when it comes to movies is that the original version of the films are shown with Portuguese subtitles, so you can understand what is happening on the screen.
    This shopping centre has 976 free parking spaces and provides complimentary busses that make their rounds according to a set schedule, passing at some of the hotels and public bus stops to collect those who want to visit the centre.

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    At the fishmarket

    by sailornappo Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Swrd fish

    What to buy: One of the more popular fish to eat is swordfish. An ugly looking black fish, about a meter long that lives below 1000 m and can only be caught with a rod and line when it comes up to 800 m at night. It makes for an excellent meal if served with bananas.

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    Market of Lavradores (Market of flowers): From Hats to fresh fish...

    by sailornappo Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Market place

    At this market, one can buy not only the most exotic flowers and handcrafts, but also clothing, food, souveniers, leather, ceramics and there also is a fishmarket in the building selling fresh fish of every kind.

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    Alcoholic liquor

    by sachara Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    licor de noz

    In the first place Madeira is famous because of its Madeira, of course ! But you can find also many local alcoholic liquors. It looks like every town or fruit has its own liquor at Madeira island.

    For example Curral des Freias is famous because of its nuts. So there is also a 'Licor de Noz Curral'

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    Flowers

    by sachara Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    flower vendors in Funchal

    Madeira is known as the flower island. There are nice parks and gardens with many colourful flowers and flowering trees everywhere on the island.

    Many people buy also flowers to bring them home. You can buy them in the street, at the market and in the shops. Also it's possible to order them in several hotels.

    What to buy: Every season has its own flowers, but the year round you can find Popcorn Bush, Bird of Paradise, Anthurium, Bougainvillea, Cape Honeysuckle, Begonia, Morning Glory, Tibouchina, Hibiscus, Flamingo Flower, Pinnate Lavender and Plumbago

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