Top ChoiceArts & 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...

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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...

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...

Arts & Crafts in Funchal


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...

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...

Books 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Market 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.

Mall 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.

Mall 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.

Fashion & Accessories in Funchal


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

Gifts & Souvenirs 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.

Sports & Outdoors 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...

Arts & Crafts 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...

Fashion & Accessories 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.