DTLA Flower Market

There are a couple of Los Angeles florists that I follow on instagram, and I am always amazed at the flowers that they use in their work. Some of the flowers they use look so exotic, and nothing like the stuff I see in my local grocery store. But if you’re willing to make the trip to Downtown Los Angeles in the wee hours of the morning, you, too, can buy yourself those flowers.

There has only been a few times in my life so far where I needed certain flowers for photo projects, and whenever I do, I go to this place – The Original Los Angeles Flower Market. This building is located in DTLA’s flower district, and holds dozens of floral vendors. They mainly sell to wholesalers but luckily, they also sell to the public. It is here that you can find your orchids, peonies, dahlias, rainbow-colored roses, hydrangeas in all the possible colors, and much more – and what’s more, at a more affordable price!

The Market opens either at 6am or 8am, Monday thru Saturday.

Original Los Angeles Flower Market

This last trip, I got there at 6:30am on a Saturday and was able to score free street meter parking a block away. The meter starts ticking at 8am, so that meant I had an hour and a half to get stuff done. If there were no street parking (which happens as this area gets VERY crowded very quickly), there are parking lots that go for about $4+.

The entrance to get in is $2 on weekdays and $1 on Saturdays. Be sure to bring dollar bills because the admittance cashier usually “doesn’t have change”. I luckily had brought some coins that were meant for the parking meter.

Original Los Angeles Flower Market

There are SO many flower variations, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Or at least, that’s how I felt. I came in thinking that this would be an easy in-and-out job, and I ended wandering the warehouses several times, pondering in my head what the best options would be to make the prettiest and the most affordable bouquet.

Original Los Angeles Flower MarketOriginal Los Angeles Flower Market

3 BUNCHES for $10! How awesome is that?! There were also a dozen roses being sold for $7, a bunch of ranunculuses for $8, and a bunch of peonies for $20 (and they’re not even in season!).

Some Tips

  • Come as soon as they open: Not only will you get the best flowers, you will also get prime street meter parking for free until 8am. (Obviously if you go on the days the Market opens at 8am, this tip does you no good).
  • Bring cash: Only some vendors accept credit cards, and the majority of them have credit card minimums.
  • Scout the place: Many vendors sell the same plants, so I suggest doing a loop around the place and see which vendors have the best quality / price first.

Keep in mind, as well, that there are MANY floral shops in the area that DON’T charge an entrance fee.

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This is what I ended up leaving with, for just over $20.

On a normal day, I would not make the drive before the crack of dawn to come here and buy some home decor flowers. But if you’re having a special event or need specific flowers, this place is worth the (slight) trouble. I can’t wait for peony season because now I know where to get them! (Seriously Trader Joe’s, why aren’t you stocking them!?!)

24 Comments

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Caroline! ^_^

  1. March 8, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Thanks for the tips! My mother has been bugging me about going to the shops like this in the early morning. I’m saving this post for the near future! Thanks again!

    Heba xx | The Heba

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Yay, I’m glad I can help!

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Oh I’d love to learn more about the flowers in Eygpt! :D

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks so much Alina ^_^

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      If you ever find that place in SF, I would love to hear about it, Julia!

  2. March 8, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    OMG!!!! i wanna go here even as a tourist! I LOVE FRESH FLOWERS!! this is basically heaven!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      I think tourists DO come here! Haha. I’m pretty sure I heard some foreign European accent while I was shopping – but then again, L.A. is full of transplants so they could have definitely been locals XD

  3. March 8, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never shopped for flowers at a flower shop or market?! I know! I really need to! There are so many beautiful flowers out there! I’ve love to keep some pretty flowers near my bed this spring!
    ~Sara

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 8, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      That sounds like a great spring to-do list :)

  4. Trang Do
    March 8, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    Beautiful flowers! Love to visit this market!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  5. alalisainfo
    March 9, 2016 / 3:47 am

    Excellent tips – I live in Canada so with the cold weather, it’s sometimes discouraging to hop over to the market and grab a bouquet. I should start though because it really adds life to the room. Maybe I’ll start it as a hobby in the summer and it’ll carry over to the colder seasons.

    Lisa Favre
    http://marblecrumbs.com

  6. March 9, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I LOVED this post! I’d probably be tempted to spend a good part of the day there just wandering around and enjoying all the beauty. Flowers have this incredible power of making everything better :)
    Thanks for sharing and those are some handy tips I will make sure to apply once I visit a flower market.
    Thanks for popping over to my blog, girlie. Will make sure to follow yours to stay in touch ;) Always love coming across new lovely blogs.
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

  7. March 9, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Is it sad that I’ve never been to the LA Flower Market even though I’m an LA native? I really enjoyed this post and will definitely be using these tips once I do manage to make my way over there. :D

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 10, 2016 / 8:21 am

      I think many LA native aren’t familiar with the market! I hope you get to make it there in the future :D

  8. March 24, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    This looks like the perfect place to go in the spring time. I’ve been meaning to head over to the San Francisco Flower Market for some time. Thanks for the inspo!

    • Deasy Noel
      Author
      March 25, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Aw, no problem. I never knew SF had a flower market. Would love to see what you write about it!

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