Madeira shopping

Top Choice Arts & Crafts 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 tile…
Top Choice Shoes in Ribeira Brava

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…
Gifts & Souvenirs 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 foo…
Arts & Crafts 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…
Books in Funchal

Livraria Esperança

This huge shop selling secondhand and new books fills an entire palace and claims to stock over 100,000 titles, making it Portugal's largest. Most of the books are in Portuguese but there is a foreign-language secti…
Food 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…
Market 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 crafts…
Ceramics 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 sma…
Food 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 me…
Mall 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 supermarke…