The Flower Mart
Another LA gem, the DTLA Flower Mart (and entire Flower District) is like nothing you’ve ever seen or experienced before. If you love flowers like I do, it’s a utopia. The first time I went, I spent $45 and had enough flowers to share with half of Culver City. My apartment looked like something out of Home & Garden Magazine (i.e. not its usual). This last time, I spent $25 and walked away with a giant plant for my front door, a succulent garden as a gift for the neighbors, orchids on stems for myself, a succulent for my quaint little balcony and an air plant. The orchids alone could have been used for a small wedding (perhaps this is a slight exaggeration); they were $5.
The Flower Mart itself is a part of the Flower District; arrive early (like, before 10 am) to get the best deals and bring cash – it’s just a $1 at the door and most vendors take card(s), however, cash is still king for negotiating and not maxing local vendors out on credit/debit card fees. Parking is easy with several nearby lots and meters up and down the adjacent streets.
Plan your flower-buying frenzy at: LA Flower District