Shopping in Madeira

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Funchal

    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-themed paintings to locally made azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and T-shirts to driftwood art adorns the walls – all unique souvenir material. The cafe sells only Madeiran fare and the owners run various workshops in the basement.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 venerable institution brings together the finest handicrafts and foodstuffs Madeira has to offer, with the company's own embroidery the star of the show. Has the longest lunch break of any shop in Madeira.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    Bordal

    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 fine embroidered linens and the factory upstairs can also be visited free of charge. Women come here daily to pick up and drop off work that they complete at home.

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    Provecto

    One of only three craftsmen left on the island who can make the traditional Madeiran botachã (leather ankle boots), Duarte Roche creates more modern handmade shoes based on their design. Give him two days and he can tailor-make a pair of shoes for just €70 – these can also be shipped back home for you. Wonderful souvenirs from a true artisan.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 (molasses cake), sugar-cane biscuits and recipe books at the factory, located to the north of the city centre. Otherwise they are available in supermarkets across the island.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 the books are in Portuguese but there is a foreign-language section. It's a great place to pick up obscure books on Madeiran history, natural history and the like, plus guidebooks and maps.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 transformed into an urban pop-up space for local businesses and craftsmen. It also houses the Museu do Brinquedo and a couple of hip eateries.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 ilk. Prices range from €4.50 to €130 with everything from small cups to huge platters and jugs on display. All items can be shipped.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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-in-Madeira tooth-rotters such as brightly packaged bolo de mel (molasses cake), sugar-cane biscuits and traditional jams.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 immensely useful shopping centre with its Pingo Doce supermarket, cafes, sports and outdoor shop and cinema.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 Madeiran embroidery, yesteryear souvenirs and island succulents.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 supermarket, cash machines and mobile-phone dealerships.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 and a large supermarket. Take bus 8A.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    Artecouro

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

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 (molasses cake) from Calheta. Doubles up as an informal cafe.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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), the island's only dedicated outdoor gear shop. The range is limited and prices aren't exactly low, but it's just the place to solve a kit emergency.

  • Shopping in Machico

    Casa das Bordadeiras de Machico

    This tiny (work)shop belonging to a local cooperative is the place to pick up some authentic, locally made embroidery. Keeps slightly erratic hours and staff speak no English. It's a 10-minute walk southwest from the bus station.

  • Shopping in Funchal

    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 material. Hours are erratic.