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9 Most Beautiful Flower Shops in San Francisco

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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.


Ampersand

Blink and you'll miss this little floral alcove in the Mission.

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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. During shelter in place, Ampersand is accepting pre-orders for curbside pickup and delivery of flowers in SF as well as nationwide shipping of items such as candles, care packages, and incense. // 80 Albion St. (Mission), ampersandsf.com

Flowers of the Valley

Stop and smell the many bouquets on the sidewalk at this Noe Valley mainstay.

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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. During Covid-19, stem selection is limited, but Flowers of Valley is offering arrangements for same-day local delivery. They recommend designer's choice bouquets (starting at $100). // 4077 24th St. (Noe Valley), flowersofthevalleysf.com

Ixia

The longtime Market Street store is stacked with wild tools of the trade.

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It began as a flower stand near Stonestown, but since it opened on Upper Market in 1983, San Francisco Legacy Business 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. Shop orchids and arrangements online, or sign up for subscriptions to guarantee fresh floral delivery to your home on the regular. // 2331 Market St. (Upper Market), ixiasf.com

Le Bouquet

Let the florists at 30-year-old Le Bouquet show you how it's done.

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A neighborhood gem for over 30 years, Le Bouquet keeps a selection of seasonal blooms and plants. Order online for same-day or future pickup and delivery. // 2205 Union St. (Cow Hollow), le-bouquet.com

Plants and Friends

The tiny Hayes Valley shop skips the big floral delivery in favor of hand-selecting each flower and plant they stock in their shop.

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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. During shelter in place, the store is taking online orders for curbside pickup at its OG Hayes Valley and newer Pacific Heights locations, as well as delivery in SF and Oakland. You can also book a 30-minute virtual plant consultation with an expert. // 542 Laguna St. (Hayes Valley) and 1906 Fillmore St. (Pac Heights), plantsandfriends.club

The Bud Stop

Pick a few posies to go!

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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. Call 415-931-1835 for curbside pickup and delivery. // 2200 Union St. (Cow Hollow), thebudstop.com

The Floral Loft

The Floral Loft is minimalist yet quaint as can be.

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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. Dial up a designer's choice bouquet for contactless deliveries weekdays in SF. // 1871 Hayes St. (NoPa), 415-796-3435, thefloralloft.com

Urban Flowers

Castro's cheery floral mecca is perfect for affordable, everyday blooms.

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We love this family-owned Castro neighborhood shop, in business over 15 years, 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. Stop by for socially distanced shopping (customer entry is limited) or call 415-355-1028 for contactless delivery. // 4029 18th St. (Castro), urban-flowers-arrangements.net

Utsuwa Floral Design

When only something exotic will do, pop into Utsuwa for Japanese bonsais, orchids, hanging plants, and cacti.

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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. During the pandemic, Utsuwa is open for outdoor service only, meaning you can pop by to order and pay at the door. // 1288 Polk St. (TenderNob), utsuwa.myshopify.com


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