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
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.
Another souvenir that i bought in Madeira was those lovely things for the kitchen.
Take a look to the photo, how lovely are the pot holders (Thanks Mary for the tips ;-))
And the thing that is in the middle it is used to place the lighters and for decoration in the kitchen.
Like in other places I had been, I went to a souvenir shop to buy something to remember Madeira.
I had so few time to explore Madeira that our vacations was almost at the end and I hadn’t bought anything. So, in the last day, when we had our journey by cable car to the Estalagem do Monte, I bought there the souvenirs, fortunately there was a souvenir shop there!
What to buy: I bought one azulejo (glazed tile) of a Santana's House and a woman dressed with the traditional costume. Take a look to the photo.
What to pay: Euros
Well, before I have been in Madeira, I already had tasted the fabulous Honey cake (bolo de mel) from Madeira and the sweet wine (vinho), because I have some friends from Madeira and they brought to me.
You can find the recipe of Madeira Cake on the website : http://www.recipecottage.com/cakes/madeira.html
What to buy: Honey cake and wine from Madeira, these two things you can’t miss, it is my advice, you will love them for sure.
You can find these gorgeous things in any pastry shop and even in the souvenirs shop.
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'
The biggest shopping mall in Madeira -- hosts 112 shops, 20 restaurants, 7 cinemas, 8 bowling lanes.
Many hotels have transfers to the shopping center every hour -- easiest way to get there!
What to pay: Depens on what you want to buy
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.
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:-)
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.
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. :-)
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!
Camacha, a village in the mountains in the eastern part of Madeira, is known by its craftwork, made by willow basket makers.
In Camacha they make almost everything of wicker, like baskets of all sizes and forms, but also furniture, kitchen utensiles, wine holders, hats. So if you need anything like this, it's the place to be.
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
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.