If you get there early, you’ll find the stone benches laden with fresh fish, especially swordfish, which are caught of the island’s south coast (the more silver it is, the fresher it is). There is also a good selection of tuna, bodião (parrotfish), peixe-porco (grey triggerfish), charuteiros (greater amberjacks), lapas (limpets) and caramujos (snails).
It is one of the main tourist attractions in Funchal, but it is also the place where locals continue to go shopping, so the guarantee of fresh, local and quality products is certain. At the entrance there is a flower area with florists dressed in the typical Madeira costume, it has an uncovered interior patio, where producers gather and where there are the most photographed stalls, with carefully stacked fruit, a fish area and an upper floor with more stalls, from chilis to souvenirs, through wicker baskets and aromatic herbs. There are a few traps for tourists that are easy to get around - if you get to taste fruit and find it too sweet, you probably have a spoonful of sugar added, even though the fruit here is generally sweet and tasty. It is open from Monday to Saturday and has a bit of everything. Find out what you can buy, to eat right away, cook there or take it home as a souvenir.