Must see shopping in Funchal

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    Saudade Madeira

    Local producers of handicrafts and speciality foodstuffs pay for shelf space at this arty shop-cafe bang in the centre of Funchal. Everything from Madeira…

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    Patrício & Gouveia

    Funchal's classiest souvenir emporium is a world away from the bird-of-paradise-flower fridge magnets and Chinese T-shirts of the Hotel Zone. This…

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    Bordal is Madeira's top embroidery company, its mark (a hologram) a guarantee the item you are buying has been made on the island. The shop specialises in…

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    Fábrica Ribeiro Sêco

    The Fábrica Ribeiro Sêco has revived some of the sugar-processing traditions that once made Madeira wealthy. Buy the island's famous molasses, bolo de mel…

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    Livraria Esperança

    This huge shop selling secondhand and new books fills an entire palace and claims to stock more than 100,000 titles, making it Portugal's largest. Most of…

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    Armazém do Mercado

    Exquisitely renovated by architect Paul David, the man behind Calheta's Casa das Mudas, this old embroidery factory and mechanic's shop has been…

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    Lillie Ceramics

    Thrown, fired, glazed and sold in this shop run by two Finnish sisters, the ceramics on sale here sport delicate, Madeira-themed motifs, most of a floral…

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    Fabrica Santo Antonio

    A delightfully old-fashioned shop, with its early 20th-century display cases, scales and counters still in place, from which staff offer the classic made…

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    Forum Madeira

    If you are staying in one of the many hotels or self-catering flats at the western end of the Hotel Zone, you will at some point gravitate towards this…

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    Santa Luzia Flea Market

    Every last Sunday of the month a flea market takes place at the Jardim de Santa Luzia. There's all sorts of bric-a-brac on sale, including secondhand…

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    La Vie

    This 21st-century mall is the best shopping centre between Lisbon and New York. In addition to the big-name shops, it also has a pharmacy, a large…

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    Madeira Shopping

    Madeira's largest shopping mall, situated high above the city centre in the Santo António neighbourhood. There are more than 100 shops, plus restaurants…

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    This small, unmarked emporium sells leather goods made from the finest Portuguese hides in Funchal, including belts, handbags, briefcases and wallets.

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    Made in Madeira

    The name says it all here, with almost everything on sale made on the island – whether it be wicker from Camacha, wine from Funchal or bolo de mel …

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    O Bordão

    Had to leave your walking sticks at airport security, lost your compass or forgotten your hiking boots for the levadas? Then head for O Bordão (The Staff)…

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    Fabrica de Chapeus de Santa Maria

    Tiny, old, ramshackle Zona Velha workshop where traditional Madeiran hats are sewn together amid piles of headgear, ancient sewing machines and scraps of…