In Funchal, the capital of Portugal’s autonomous island region of Madeira, you’ll find sea views, warm breezes, colorful flowers, dramatic mountains, and, of course, some amazing local food. Here are our picks for Funchal’s top 10 restaurants.
Restaurante Do Forte combines its location in one of the city’s most visited spots with excellent and creative food. You’ll find it in the Sao Tiago Fortress, which also houses the Museum of Contemporary Art. They often hold interesting events here, so they frequently feature a set menu to go along with the theme of the night, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or Moroccan night. The staff is also exceptionally friendly and attentive. They’ll do whatever they can to give you a pleasant experience.
Restaurante Do Forte, Av. Santiago Menor 14, Funchal, Portugal, +351 291 235 470
If meat is what you’re in the mood for, La Vaca Negra is another great place to go. They specialize in Argentinean steaks, which they even let you choose yourself if you want to. They then add seasonings and sides that really complement the flavor of the meat, so come prepared to eat a lot. Don’t expect fine dining. Instead, expect friendly informality and owners who really endeavor to create a personal connection with the people they serve. This is local dining at its best.
You might not expect to find Indian food in a town this far away from India, but the owners of Sabor da India have done a great job of importing all the best flavors of the subcontinent. Choosing what to eat is often a difficult task at Indian places, so they have both set menus and servers who are happy to advise you. Unsurprisingly, it’s a great place for vegetarians to come for a delicious meal. Some favorites include the popadums with various chutneys, Kashmiri lamb, and the kulfi dessert.
Sabor da India, Rampa do Lido 8, Funchal, Portugal, +351 291 765 346