Food in Madeira – what to eat and drink

4

Every destination is so much better if the food there is good. Luckily, Madeira will not let you down.

If you are planning a trip to Madeira, here is some of the local food, you should not overlook:

  • Exotic fruit

Here in Europe we are not use to having freshly picked up mangoes, papayas, bananas and passion fruit. But due to the mild climate, Madeira is full of these exotic fruits.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Madeira knows different types of passion fruit (Food in Madeira)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

The most common passion fruit (Food in Madeira)

Travel tip: The most known market in Funchal has loads of exotic fruit, but be aware that the prices there are high. You will pay 19,80€/kg for passion fruit. Not far away from the market, we have found a small fruit and veggies shop and guess what, the prices were half lower than at the market; passion fruit (9,80€/kg), mango (4,50€/kg), papaya (3,30€/kg), bananas (1,30€/kg), strawberries (3,90€/kg), tomatoes (2€/kg).

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Madeira is a true paradise for exotic fruit (Food in Madeira)

  • Street food

Forget about burgers and kebabs, as you will not be able to find that on Madeira. The best street food in Madeira is their local garlic bread Bolo Do Caco. The bread is done as a toast on which they put lots of butter and garlic. If you are not into the basic variety, you can also add cheese, bacon, meat or tuna.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Apetizer or a snack – Bolo do Caco (Food in Madeira)

Travel tip: Bolo Do Caco is a really nice snack. It is good and also very affordable – the price depends on the type, but you will pay from 2-3€ for it.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Fresh orange juice and a seafood snack (Food in Madeira)

  • Lunch or dinner

No matter if you like meat or fish, Madeira will offer you both. But to be honest, Madeira is loaded with fresh sea food, so don’t miss trying it. One of the best known fishes is scabbard fish, which does not look very attractive as a catch, but it is pretty good on a plate. It is normally served fried.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

The famous scabbard fish (Food in Madeira)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

The scabbard fish on the plate (Food in Madeira)

We also tried grilled limpets (muscles), calamari, shrimps, tuna… And everything was amazing!

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

The market in Madeira is loaded with tuna (Food in Madeira)

If you are keener of meat, you will definitely love their Espetada – grilled meat on long sticks. We have eaten ours at a local restaurant La Cala in a small town Carnical. The place is nothing fancy, but the food is delicious and also fairly priced.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Delicious grilledmeat on the stick (Food in Madeira)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Travel tip: You will get the cheapest and often best food in local restaurants, which don’t really look attractive, but inside there is always lots of locals. We really recommend the La Cala restaurant. In fact, we liked the place so much, that we came there again for lunch on our last day. (Coordinates: 32.44.33.8 / 016.44.32.0)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Delicious lunch at La Cala local restaurant (Food in Madeira)

The portion of Espetada with rice, chips and salad cost only 5€. When we returned to the restaurant, we have eaten seafood and believe it or not, we paid less than 5€ for each dish.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Grilled calamari (Food in Madeira)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Grilled mussels (Food in Madeira)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Grilled shrimps (Food in Madeira)

  • Desserts

We admit, we did not taste much of desserts. In fact, we have ordered Madeira cheesecake once and it was not bad, just a bit too sweet for our taste.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Madeira’s cheese cake (Food in Madeira)

We also did not miss the Madeira sugarcane syrup cookies and Bolo de Mel (Honey cake). Both were really good and you should definitely try them.

  • Drinks

Who would ever imagine that such a small island like Madeira can offer so many types of local drinks? Did you even know that Portugal was once one of the largest sugar cane exporters due to Madeira? Even nowadays Madeira grows sugar cane and mostly uses it to produce sugarcane rum.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Poncha – traditional drink at Madeira (Food in Madeira)

The sugarcane rum is the basic for its local drink Poncha, made out of rum, honey and juice (orange, passion fruit…). A glass of Poncha will cost you from 2-3€.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Orange or passion fruit Poncha? (Food in Madeira)

Guess what, Madeira is also known for its good wine and beer.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Local Madeira beer (Food in Madeira)

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Madeira is known for good wine (Food in Madeira)

Don’t forget even on delicious freshly squeezed natural juices like mango, papaya and our favorite, passion fruit. The price depends of location, but expect to pay something from 1,80€ to 3,00€.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

We loved having fresh passion fruit every day (Food in Madeira)

We like to start our day with good coffee and no matter how many cafés we have visited, we could not find coffee with a normal name, like café latte, macchiato etc. Well, we did find cappuccino eventually, but to our surprise it was served with cream and not with hot foamed milk.

Madeira food, food in Madeira, best food in madeira, traditional Madeira food

Madeira offers a little bit different coffee (Food in Madeira)

Madeira might be best known for its nature and hiking trails, but food here will also not be a disappointment. Believe it or not, but you might fallen for Madeira for its food – we surely did.

Subscribe to my Newsletter

If you want to get more interesting travel stories as the one above, please subscribe to my newsletter below:

 

4 Comments

    • avatar

      Hi Allan, thank you for reading it! 🙂
      And ohmy…you are right… wemeant musselsandnot muscles 😉 Thanks for pointing this out to us -it is already corrected! 😉

  1. avatar

    Awesome article, a few things though,

    = Bolo do Caco is not garlic bread.. its bread that is served with garlic butter. (garlic bread is cooked with garlic, butter, cheese etc. Bolo do caco is cooked and then the garlic butter is added)

    – Lapas (limpets) are not mussels. Mussels are clams, limpets are snails (both are amazing)

    – I highly suggest eating bifanas (pork loin sandwhich), sandes de polvo (octopus sandwhich) as you can find these everywhere for around 1,50 – 2,50 euros (i havent been back there since my grandfathers funeral, so prices may have changed in the last few years.)

    Overall i love this, and I am delighted you liked Madeira! just started reading your blog looking forward to more.

    • avatar

      Hi Aaron,
      thank you so much for your comments and tips. here0s always somuch to learn and I am glad you helped us with the Madeira food. 🙂 It looks like we’ll need to go there again, just to taste something more… The octopus sandwich sounds delicious…. Oh my, I am getting hungrynow. 😉
      I hope you’ve enjoyed the rest of the blog post about Madeira too.
      Cheers, Nina

Leave A Reply