Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)

I already raved about the amazing fruit selection of Madeira. The Workers' Market, Mercado dos Lavradores, is THE place to go for farmer's market, fish market, and to even do some tourist shopping. The fish market side is quite large, and you can see sea creatures of all kinds (I rather have them on my plate though), and I was fascinated by the fruits. We also saw a shop where a lady was drying Madeira bay leaves, another great Madeiran specialty, and a great spice to take home. One of the signature dishes on the island is "espetada” - meat, bay leaves and garlic screwed on a stick and grilled on open fire to the perfection.

Workers' Market (Mercado dos Lavradores)