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Reid's Tea Terrace

The quintessential British–Madeiran experience is afternoon tea at Reid's. Some 24 types of tea, as well as cucumber sandwiches, delicate cakes and Champagne, are served on the terrace looking out over the bay of...

Microbrewery in Funchal

Beerhouse

The conspicuous assemblage of tent-roofed structures overlooking the marina is Funchal's only microbrewery, pumping out a decent German-style lager to go with a typical Madeiran tourist menu. It's spoilt slightly...

Cafe in Funchal

Penha D'Águia

Funchal's top chain of bakeries has been milling coffee beans and blackening the surfaces of pastel de nata since 1844, and its neatly designed cafes are arguably the best on the island. This branch breaks the...

Bar in Funchal

Venda Velha

This bar-restaurant attempts to recreate the shop-taverns of the early 20th century, once the community hubs across the island. Special focus here falls on Madeiran poncha (sugar-cane spirit drink), a more boozy...

Club in Funchal

Copacabana

Some claim that this club within the casino is Funchal's best night out. Music from the '80s and '90s, a resident DJ, regular live acts from Brazil, Madeira and Portugal, screen projections and a sometimes very...

Club in Funchal

23 Vintage Bar

Celebrating the music of the 1960s to 1990s, this great little club-bar livens up weekends in the Zona Velha. Friday nights are all about paying nostalgic tribute to an iconic band or artist such as Modern...

Bar in Funchal

Mini Eco Bar

Titchy, micro-space bar created as ecologically as possible (eco-friendly paints, A-rated electrical appliances), which really comes alive at weekends when DJs pump out cool tunes for a chilled audience. A great...

Club in Funchal

Vespas

Madeira's top nightclub has been around since 1980 and was once the only place on the island for a proper night out. It's still the funnest, funkiest nightspot in these parts and often does its bit for the many...

Bar in Funchal

Madeira Rum House

Offering Madeira's own rum, the William Hinto brand, this is a superb addition to the Zona Velha drinking scene. The smooth tipple in question is made using the island's cane sugar and fermented in oak casks. A...

Teahouse in Funchal

Loja do Chá

More than a hundred teas are available at this tiny tearoom, whose tables spill out onto sunny Praça do Colombo. Snacks and light lunches accompany the green, black, jasmine and fruit infusions, some on the...

Cafe in Funchal

Golden Gate Cafe

Around since 1841, the Golden Gate is one of Funchal's best-known cafes, though it lost its olde-worlde charm in a glitzy refurb a few years ago. Skip the expensive food for a coffee or cocktail on the cobbles...

Cafe in Funchal

Cafe do Teatro

This stylish cafe attached to the Teatro Baltazar Dias is open all day but really comes into its own after dark. Choose from a people-watching spot on the street or the courtyard where DJs pump out the latest...

Bar in Funchal

Barreirinha Cafe

Outside-only cafe-bar above the complexo balnear (swimming complex) at the eastern end of the Zona Velha offering snacks and drinks to the sound of brine on basalt at any time of day. Weekend DJs and a real mixed...

Cafe in Funchal

Cafe do Museu

Lurking in the loggia of the Museu de Arte Sacra, this is the museum's excellent cafe by day, but after dark it turns into a nightspot, especially at the weekends. Saturday brunch (€8) is particularly popular.

Bar in Funchal

Mercearia da Poncha

Specialising in Madeiran poncha (sugar-cane spirit drink), this small Zona Velha bar often crams Rua de Santa Maria with drinkers until the early hours. A lively atmosphere is always guaranteed.

Cafe in Ribeira Brava

O Herédia

Slightly away from the tourists, this tiny cafe spreads tables across sunny Largo dos Herédias near Ribeira Brava's Ethnographical Museum. Serves coffees, beers, spirits and light meals.

Tea Garden in Funchal

Casa de Chá

The tea garden in the grounds of the Universo de Memórias João Carlos Abreu is a tranquil place to relax over a cuppa between museums.

Pub in Funchal

Pub No 2

Housed in a traditional low Madeiran building, now overshadowed on all sides by glass-and-steel hotel edifices, Pub No 2 has been around forever and still serves a mixed bunch of expats and tourists in its...

Pub in Funchal

Prince Albert Pub

Now loomed over by the new Savoy, Funchal's longest-established British pub has sports TV, Sunday roasts, occasional live music and a low-lit interior – expect lots of loud expat banter and British ale.