La Vie Funchal Shopping Center
This is Funchal’s newest addition to the shopping scene. It has an excellent central location in downtown Funchal, next to the Santa Caterina Park, just 2 minutes away from the Marina and behind the main road Avenida de Arriaga. It is a large, modern mall with around 70 shops (Massimo Dutti, Cortefiel, Claire's, Tous, among others) as well as a tasty food court offering anything from Burger King to Kebabs and Italian food. There is also a Health Club and a large Pingo Doce Supermarket and all this is serviced by a spacious car park that has a capacity for 900 cars. On the streets that circle the centre you will find many small boutique shops and one off designer establishments. Above the shopping mall is The Vine Hotel, a design hotel and a stunning place that overlooks all of Funchal. Lunches and coffees are reasonably priced and combined with the view from the outside terrace and the beauty of the infinity pool you will find that it complements the food perfectly.
If its al fresco shopping and eateries you like then The “Forum Madeira” is the mall for you. It is situated within the tourist and hotel zone on the west of Funchal (Lido/Ajuda), With its modern and airy gallery-style architecture on several levels grouping around a central tower and open square, the Forum Madeira also boasts an attractive roof garden from where visitors can enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. With 86 shops (among them Zara, H&M, C&A, Massimo Dutti, Saccoor and Women' Secret), including restaurants, cafés and snack bars, 6 cinemas and a hypermarket, the Forum Madeira provides everything for a modern and extremely pleasant shopping experience. There are around 800 underground parking places available.
One street up you will find a great selection of smaller shops including the exclusive shop that is attracting many tourists due to its famous connections ‘CR7’ owned by the sister of world class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and adorned with photos and images of the local hero and superstar.
This is another large shopping centre away from the main belt of Funchal in Santa Quitéria. Built in an attractive modern style blending with typical Madeiran features, this spacious shopping centre offers more than 100 shops (including Zara, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Lion of Porches, Natura, Cortefiel, Tiffosi and Gant), restaurants, coffee shops, snack bars and 7 cinemas (in Portugal films are shown in their original language with Portuguese subtitles). Again, it caters for all types of shoppers and offers some great views of Madeira. Try the ice cream parlour, always great on a hot summers day. In total, there are around 1060 free parking spaces available both an open parking terrace and an underground garage.
Smaller shopping centres worth a mention include:
Situated on ‘Avenida Arriaga’ opposite the marina.
Then a few steps further along towards the Cathedral, you’ll find to the right the
Galerias de São Lourenço
A small but attractive shopping mall.
Arcadas de São Francisco
Connected to the Madeira Wine Company (or Blandy’s Wine Lodge), which you can visit at the same time. But be careful if you’re the driver...!
Found on ‘Rua Fernão Ornelas’ opposite the traditional Madeiran Market.
Also, the back streets of Funchal offer a myriad of different shops sporting new looks and individuality. It is a great area to browse and it’s amazing what ‘finds’ are to be had. ‘Rua dos Tanoeiros’ is a street worth mentioning because of its shoe shops, all of which have the latest trends at a fraction of ‘high street’ prices. However, Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas in Funchal is the street with more shops and services.
Anadia Shopping, which you will find to the left at the end of the street ‘Rua Fernão Ornelas’, opposite the local market in the old town is a smaller centre with a more local feel.