If you know anything about me, you know that flowers are totally my thing. I don't care what time of year it is, or where I get them, I just love having flowers near me. My duvet on my bed is a bright floral pattern, my placemats are as well, and I'm a sucker for a candle that smells like lillies. I've even gone so far as to put flowers in my food!
So when I found out about the LA Flower District downtown, I knew I had to put it on my bucket list. It's a whole section of DTLA dedicated to flowers. Theres wholesale markets, supply stores and flower shops all over and after doing some research online I decided that I wanted to visit the original flower market. I called up my friend, Jackie and convinced her to come with me. Cheap flowers should be an easy sell by themselves, but I asked her to come with me at 6 am on a Saturday morning which was understandably difficult. We managed to pull ourselves out of bed and get to the market on time. I also asked her to bring her camera, and just about all the photos that I'll be featuring in this post were taken by her.
You can find the original market by using the address:
Los Angeles Flower Market
754 Wall Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
We found it very easily, and since we arrived around 6:30 am, there was plenty of street parking. We ended up parking in the garage attached to the market, which you can access from the street behind. It costs $1 per 15 minutes with a $4 maximum. They only take cash, and don't like bills bigger than $10, so try to bring some ones if you can. (whew that was a lot of numbers)
Once we parked we made our way to the front of the market. We paid $1 each to get in ($2 each on weekdays) and entered the building.
It's a big warehouse, full of individual shops selling different flowers. Some exclusively carrying orchids, or succulents, and many that had lots of variety. It's pretty quiet in there too, most of the people were buying large quantities of flowers, leaving us to assume that they'd be selling them in their own flower shops. I think a lot of people also come here to save money on floral arrangements for their weddings.
The market smelled phenomenal, and we were there early enough in the morning that it was still cool inside. It did get pretty crowded by about 7:30 am, we did a full walkthrough of the market upon arrival and when we circled back to make our purchases a good portion of the flowers had already been sold.
It's a good idea to visit the market with a general idea of what kind of flowers you'd like to buy. There were so many to choose from that it was a little overwhelming. And everything is so affordable, we saw a dozen roses for $10! I ended up purchasing 3 bunches of hydrangeas and some succulents, I spent $30 (and had enough for two arrangements and a flower pot). Jackie walked away with a nice mixed bouquet for $5. The majority of the flowers we saw were clearly marked with prices but if they weren't, it was easy enough to track someone down and ask.
A few of the shops had signs up that said they didn't allow selfies or other photos. Jackie snapped most of the pictures from the individual shops we purchased our flowers from. I bet that market is full of annoying bloggers like me that just want pictures of the pretty flowers. So if you're planning on gettin' that 'gram (instagram. I'm sorry.), make sure you're respectful of the different vendors wishes.
As we were leaving we noticed that the farmers market was starting at 10 am. I think I might plan my next trip to the flower market to end at the farmers market afterwards.
After we finished at the market we headed back to one of the floral supply stores and I bought a little flower pot. The shop we went to validated parking if you spent $4 or more, so when I found out that my flower pot was only $3, Jackie scrambled and found me a $1 owl stamp so I could make the qualifying purchase. We left the city, went back to our respective homes and promptly fell back asleep. All in all it was a beautiful morning.
I had a very enjoyable time at the LA Flower Market, and I can't wait until I have a reason to go back. Here are my tips to help you have a successful trip as well:
1. Get there early - 8 am on weekdays and 6 am on Saturday.
2. Park in the garage - you won't have to worry about street cleaning, paying the meter or parking too far away.
2. Bring cash -Only a few shops took cards, and you don't want your selection to be limited. You'll also need it for parking. (I saw a few ATM's near the front.)
3. Know what flowers you want - There are a lot of options so planning ahead will help you save time.
Make a day of it! The flower market would be a great date idea, or a nice stop on your way to brunch. I think it would also be fun to shop for flowers and then hit up the farmers market. There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles, and since I'm pretty new here I've still got a lot to explore.
Potted these myself, and it's my first time trying to keep plants alive. Anyone have any tips? I've heard succulents are a little easier to take care of.