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Mercado dos Lavradores

Listed under Markets in Funchal, Portugal.

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As with all local produce markets that are still in service, the Worker's Market rings with noise, colour and a million smells. Fruit, veg, fish, bread and sweet treats, the smell of leather goods, and flowers all mingle, even reaching as far as the sale items that you wouldn't normally associate with scents – like wicker work, household items and souvenirs for example.

The fish section starts and finishes the earliest, but if you get there later you'll still have a chance of seeing some seafood action, just not the high drama of first thing in the morning. The fruit section gets pretty hectic as well – they sell all sorts of really unusual fruit here and stall holders have a reputation for getting a bit 'thrusty' when it comes to getting you to sample then buy their wares, which are often more expensive than they would be elsewhere.

Closed Sundays, the best day to go is Friday.

Written by  Lina Frost.

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