One of the items that’s been on my Los Angeles bucket list forever has been to visit the Original LA Flower Market, and I finally had a chance to check it out! Since 1921, the flower market has been the hub of in-season flowers at wholesale prices. While most of the customers are flower industry professionals (event planners, retail florists, etc), the market was magical enough for us tourists!
- While it may be difficult to want to buy flowers as soon as you get there (they’re so pretty, it is hard not to want to!), we found it best to walk around for awhile and scope out the best prices. This season, hydrangeas, sunflowers, carnations, and babies breath seemed to all be priced around $2-5 so it didn’t really matter which vender we purchased from. The roses, mums, lilies, snap dragons, and tons of other speciality flowers ranged all over the board so it really depends on the season!
- Consider how you will be storing your flowers for the drive home BEFORE you get to the market. We knew we wanted to hangout around Downtown LA for a bit after this excursion so we quickly improvised what to do. All of the flowers were stored in big white buckets throughout the district and we figured that maybe one of the venders would be gracious enough to let us buy a bucket to hold our flowers in the car. It took a couple tries but overall, the venders were incredibly friendly and we purchased a bucket and some water for $1! I would suggest bringing a bucket with some water to have for the car ride home if you will be traveling far. While the flowers are cheaper than store prices, they are just as delicate and beautiful 🙂
- Bring cash! It costs $1 to enter the main building, and the venders will charge you extra if you use a debit card.
- Bring friends and turn this adventure into a photography session! Flowers make everything more aesthetically pleasing 🙂
After our lovely trip to buy all the flowers we could ever need, we decided to continue our LA adventure and find someplace for brunch! Bottega Louie just so happened to be five minutes away and I’ve been wanting to check this place out for a long time as well! It did not disappoint. I got two macaroons, lemon and raspberry, and I definitely recommend them. I have a special place in my heart for almond croissants, and there’s was one of the best I’ve had! The place was full of people, so it was loud and bustling. If it is in your budget, Bottega Louie seems like a great place for a fun meal with friends!
As we were driving, my friend Christina spotted Philz Coffee on the corner of the street. She was thrilled to finally have found the location of her favorite San Francisco coffee shop in LA! Guys, let me tell you. The Iced Mint Mojito medium roast coffee was incredible. With real mint leaves and everything! I highly recommend it.
So there you have it- a really great morning (and afternoon!) in downtown LA. I’m slowly marking off places on my summer bucket list and it’s been a blast! I’ve loved living in this awesome, adventurous city the past couple of years and I’m looking forward to my last semester of college! Graduating a semester early is daunting, because woah adulthood, but I cannot wait to dive right into my studies and get working!