Madeira Cook Experience


The purpose of the Madeira Cook Experience is to promote Madeiran cuisine, a humble, uncomplicated cuisine, where everyone can help and give their “personal touch”!

Learn how to make Madeiran delicacies during this gastronomic experience such as Poncha, Bolo do Caco and much more!








The Madeira Cook Experience project explores Madeira's unforgettable tastes, from a particularly “local” perspective, providing a discovery of our regional ingredients, people and our iconic Mercado dos Lavradores.

All the ingredients used are national and fresh, giving priority to regional products, but always subject to their seasonality.

During the Cook Experience, participants are invited to participate and help to prepare a starter, a main course and a dessert, typical of Madeiran cuisine as well as making the well-known poncha!

Some of the Madeiran delicacies that can be prepared during this gastronomic experience:

Caco cake with garlic butter
Sword ceviche with passion fruit
Pomegranate vinaigrette sword
Sweet potato with cane honey
Roasted chestnuts
Cottage cheese and passion fruit jam
Regional Poncha
70,00 €
wednesday - 10:00 to 14:00;

1. Meeting point at Armazém do Mercado, at 10:00 am (behind Mercado dos Lavradores, on Rua do Hospital Velho, 28);

2. Guided visit to Mercado dos Lavradores with Chef Luísa, with explanation of the various local fruits and vegetables as well as visit to the fish market;

3. Return to the Armazém do Mercado, where the various dishes will be made and end with tasting.

The activity has an estimated duration of 4 hours, starting at 10:00 am and ending at 02:00 pm.
Meeting point at Armazém do Mercado, at 10:00 am (behind the Farmers Market, street Rua do Hospital Velho, nº 28);
Armazém do Mercado
Upon your booking you will receive a .pdf voucher. You just need to show the electronic .pdf to our agent.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Free Cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund.
Allows a full refund when canceling up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If the start time is not defined, the deadline to change or cancel the reservation will be two days before the date of travel, at 23:59 (local time of the supplier).


Based on 3 reviews
Peter S 2024-05-23 17:42:54
What an amazing experience! Luisa is lovely and so knowledgeable - it was like having a tour with a friend who is an expert in the local cuisine. We learned about the history of the marketplace itself, and learned about local fruits and vegetables and how to use them. But the spice stall upstairs was incredible. We could have spent all day there. The tour of the fish market was so interesting too. Learning about the different types of fish and how they are used, and even how they catch the espada fish. We then got to choose our fish for our meal. We ended up with a block of fresh tuna larger than my head - for three people! Then back to the cookery school. The meal itself was delicious and so much fun to make. We had a watermelon salad, smashed sweet potatoes, tuna ceviche (in poncha) and pan fried tuna with a cherry sauce. Then a delicious cheese and passion fruit desert. Thank you so much! What a great experience.
William Sayre 2024-05-10 11:54:40
We had a wonderful experience in our cooking class. She made us all feel at home and we learned a lot, not just about cooking. The meal was great and she showed us different flavors to use together that we would have never tried otherwise.
Marina Schatz 2023-11-23 13:03:04
The cooking course was a lot of fun and we enjoyed it very much. At first, we went to the market together with chef Luisa. There we selected the products for our menu and could choose the fish of the main course. After that we went to the cooking school where we prepared the meals together with Luisa. We had an avocado salad with pomegranate, bolo do caco from the market with self-made garlic butter, tomate inglés sauce, tuna ceviche, tuna steak and sweet potato fries. For dessert we made a sort of cream cheese and passion fruit pudding/cake. Luisa also prepared a traditional Madeiran Poncha, which we liked best during our whole stay. Overall, a very nice experience. We also learned a lot about traditional products and Madeiran cuisine.