As we get closer and closer to the official start of spring in South Africa, we at Steenberg Hotel cannot help but “blossom” with excitement at the thought of the spectacular spring flowers soon to be enjoyed! Last week we posted about Mother Nature’s own wild bouquets that can be experienced along the West Coast, and today we’re focusing on where to get the freshest, most beautiful and widest variety of cut flowers in Cape Town – at the Adderley Street Flower Market.
For well over 100 years, the Adderley Street Flower Market has been behind many hundreds of thousands of bunches of flowers that have decorated homes all over Cape Town. With many of the flower sellers carrying on the trade that their grandparents once started at this same spot over a century ago, the historic market has become a famous city attraction that appeals to locals and tourists alike – and it’s certainly not easy to miss. Simply travel along Adderley Street until you see the huge splash of vibrant colour, hear the excited cries of the flower sellers, and smell the heady scent of fresh blossoms on the breeze!
Operating daily (Monday to Saturday) from 07h00 until 20h00, the Cape Town market’s flower sellers brave all weather conditions to offer an astounding variety of inexpensive, fresh-cut flowers to their customers. You’re guaranteed to not only get a beautiful bunch at a great price, but you’ll also be treated to the warm, friendly and cheeky personalities that the sellers are known and loved for. Many of the sellers are continuing the family business and have been at the market for many years (some for well over 50 years), so make sure to spend some time asking questions and learning more about their fascinating and colourful histories.
From the exotic to indigenous, individual stems to glorious mixed bunches, and everything in between, the Adderley Street Flower Market is without a doubt the best and most exciting place to buy fresh flowers in Cape Town. Whether you’re looking for the perfect table adornment, a heartfelt gift, or just something to colour your day, we highly recommend a visit to this lively market: you’ll not only leave with beautiful flowers, but also a smile as bright as the blossoms themselves.
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