If we had all the money in the world, we'd fill our homes—and yours too!—with weekly deliveries of fresh, cheerful blooms.
Luckily, there's no shortage of beautiful places in San Francisco to pick up lush bouquets for all occasions—whether we simply seek to brighten a dreary workspace, cheer up a lonely friend, or spark romance on a big date. Here are the San Francisco flower shops that always make us smile.
Blink and you'll miss this little floral alcove in the Mission.
Beautiful, locally sourced petals and charming, vintage-inspired interiors invite us again and again into this flowery oasis in the Mission. Expect stunning arrangements perfect for weddings, parties, special occasions—and be sure to follow them on Instagram for blooming inspiration.
// 80 Albion St. (Mission), ampersandsf.com
Flowers of the Valley
Walking down 24th Street in Noe Valley, you can't miss this colorful storefront absolutely bursting with blooms, wreaths, succulents, and more. It's the perfect spot to grab a sorry-I'm-late bouq on your way home or an after-dinner rose for your date.
—Ana Kamin // 4077 24th St. (Noe Valley), flowersofthevalleysf.com
It began as a flower stand near Stonestown, but since it opened on Upper Market in 1983, Ixia has been well known to dwellers of the Castro and beyond for its dramatically earthy windows, dressed with organic sculptures of floating branches, driftwood, soft mosses, and reeds of bamboo. After 32 years in business, founder Gary Weiss sold the business in 2016 but its tradition remains—this is still the place for naturalists who find inspiration in curious arrangements. Of course you will also find the usual pretty blooms and tropicals—bromeliads, orchids, and anemones—as well as more modern artful takes on smaller bouquets for special occasions. —Jen Woo // 2331 Market St. (Upper Market), ixiasf.com
A neighborhood gem for over 30 years, Le Bouquet keeps a selection of seasonal blooms and plants, and even offers same-day delivery in the city. Want to learn to make your own wreath or flower crown? Ask them about their in-home custom flower workshops.
// 2205 Union St. (Cow Hollow), le-bouquet.com
Plants and Friends
When the much-loved Birch closed its doors, Hayes Valley was lacking for greenery. Plants and Friends opened in October 2017 with the hope of creating an experience beyond your regular ole garden center. With pastel blue walls, the space is part nursery, part home goods store with a selection of plants that will fit on your floor, coffee table, and shelves. There are hanging varieties and pet-friendly ones too. Owner Nick Forland crafted the woodwork that supports all the roughage; there's even a potting station in the back.
—Jen Woo // 542 Laguna St. (Hayes Valley), plantsandfriends.club
The Bud Stop
Another shop that's been holding down Union Street since the 1980s, The Bud Stop is a darling spot that is actually located next to the bus stop—so convenient for grab-and-go stems.
—Ana Kamin // 2200 Union St. (Cow Hollow), thebudstop.com
The Floral Loft
Entering the Floral Loft is like stepping into an enchanted garden. Old ovens and benches provide stages for all kinds of flowers and succulents. Plus, the husband and wife owners specialize in floral design and weddings.
—Ana Kamin // 1871 Hayes St. (NoPa), thefloralloft.com
We love this Castro neighborhood shop for its surprisingly affordable and wide range of greens. Choose from a great selection of plants, tropical foliage, and branches to create you own bouquet. Or let the employees do their magic.
// 4029 18th St. (Castro), urban-flowers-arrangements.com
Utsuwa Floral Design
This ultra-zen setting has gone haywire with lush blossoms, sun-soaked bonsai, green sprigs, and branches and air plants strewn about the occasional Buddha statue. Owner and Tokyo native Hiro Hayama learned ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, from his grandmother, and bonsai techniques from his great uncle, an award-winning bonsai master. After maintaining his shop in Tokyo's Suginami district for 13 successful years, Hayama brought his act to San Francisco in 2010. Go for the Japanese bonsais as well as a variety of cacti, orchids, and hanging plants.
—Jen Woo // 1288 Polk St. (TenderNob), utsuwa.myshopify.com
This article has been updated as of February 2019.