Gastronomy and Wine

Gastronomy in Funchal

To immerse yourself in the history and culture of this Atlantic capital, you must explore the richness of Funchal's gastronomy. Made of flavour, tradition and excellent regional products, some of Madeira's typical dishes have been refined over centuries.
From the wide variety of traditional recipes, we can highlight, for example, the laurel branch grilled skewer, meat matured with wine and garlic, the black scabbardfish, the irresistible limpets and snails or 'bolo do caco', which virtually became one of Madeira's hallmarks.
However, while Madeira's traditional recipes are very appealing to food lovers, what can we say about the contemporary gastronomy that currently plays a prominent role in the capital of the archipelago? The best restaurants in Funchal, some of which have won international awards, offer a unique journey through the island's flavours. Without ever neglecting the island's regional products, reputable chefs bring the sophistication and elegance of haute cuisine to the city of Funchal. Feed your body and soul with Funchal's gastronomic offer!

Madeira Wine

Since the islands were discovered in the 15th century, it is known that Madeira's soil is extremely fertile, allowing for the agricultural exploration of a large number of crops. However, the production of sugar cane and grapes stood out early on. Madeira Wine represents precisely the success of viniculture in Madeira. All across the island you can see terraced vineyards climbing up the hillsides, etching into the landscape the important role they still play today in the region's economic and social panorama.
Funchal is home to many of the companies that carry on Madeira Wine's legacy. It is also in Madeira's capital that the Madeira Wine Company - Blandy's Wine Lodge established its headquarters where the old Convent of São Francisco stood in the 17th century. The same family still runs this business since 1811, and it is home to the oldest Madeira Wine cellars in the archipelago.
A visit to this emblematic place includes a tour of the tasting rooms, warehouses, ageing rooms, exhibition areas and souvenirs shop. Along the way, some details of the history and production of this Wine are explained. Come and treat yourself to the unique aroma and taste of Madeira Wine!

Funchal Restaurants

If you think that the charms of Madeira's capital are limited to its stunning ocean views, tropical gardens or the extremely valuable architectural heritage that fills the streets, you are mistaken. The city's spirit and history are largely reflected in its unparalleled gastronomy. Therefore, restaurants in Funchal are generally recognised for the exceptional experience they offer their visitors.
Authentic temples of flavour, the restaurants in Funchal, from the most traditional (some of which historic) to the most contemporary ones, enjoy a rare privilege: the excellence of the archipelago's products. From the sweetness of Madeira's climate and the natural richness of its volcanic soils to the abundance of the sea, they offer fresh, tasty ingredients with sublime quality standards.
No wonder, then, that Funchal's gastronomy is full of irresistible delicacies (some of which very popular, both in the country and the world): from fish and seafood dishes, reflecting Madeira's symbiotic relationship with the Atlantic, to sweets, which often use sugar cane honey or tropical fruits from the region, to internationally acclaimed wines or the traditional 'bolo do caco'. Come and pamper your taste buds in one of Funchal's restaurants!


Cosmopolitan ambience in more or less sophisticated spaces. Come and try it!
Fish and Seafood, International
A cosy restaurant with a distinctive family atmosphere, Ákua brings us the freshness and the breeze of the sea thanks to the boldness of its dishes.
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Typical brewery in the heart of Funchal, overlooking the marina and with a pleasant terrace.
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Signature cuisine, Gourmet
Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva
Panoramic restaurant located in Pontinha that combines creativity with a passion for traditions, in a reinterpretation of regional cuisine with Atlantic cuisine.
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International, Fusion
With a sharing and 'comfort food' concept, Kampo was created to pay tribute to meat in all its senses, with an emphasis on matured meat.
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International Cuisine
Restaurante do Forte
Located in the Fortress of São Tiago (historic building from the 17th century), it is distinguished by its gastronomic diversity and excellent service.
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Mediterranean Cuisine
Restaurante Il Vivaldi
Located in the former Casa do Turista, it comprises a Mediterranean restaurant and a Terrace Bar. It stands out for its gastronomic creativity and excellent service.
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Casa das Espetadas
Restaurant located on Estrada Monumental, specialised in traditional Madeiran cuisine, with a wood-fired oven. Its decor highlights the Madeiran traditions.
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Mamma Mia
A restaurant that takes its mission to celebrate one of the world's most popular cuisines very seriously. The ideal place to enjoy good Italian food or to drink a delicious cocktail.
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Terrace Bar
O Calhau
In a prime location in the centre of Funchal, and with a privileged terrace, Calhau draws on Mediterranean cuisine to create a diverse menu.
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Recharge Bar & Restaurant
Variety of tasty meals, inspired by Hawaiian cuisine, and an incredible view over the Atlantic Ocean.
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Gastronomic Tours
Madeira Exquisite Food on Foot Tours
R. do Sabão, 65 | 9000-056 Funchal
Wine Tours Madeira
Rua da Alfândega, 78 - 3ºAndar 9000-059 Funchal
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