There are plenty of ways to let someone know that you appreciate them—a special brunch, dinner at a romantic restaurant, or a stay at one of Austin's best hotels (ow, ow!). But just a simple bouquet of flowers can go a long way. At Austin's best flower shops, you'll find more than just a lackluster bouquet of roses. Exotic flora, terrariums and locally-grown picks are yours for the taking, especially if you're visiting one of these local florists. Read on for our flowery faves.
Austin's best flower shops
The original, family-run Mercedes Flowers opened its doors in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now in business for over 50 years—and owned by the family's third generation—you can expect the quality that comes with that kind of long term success. The shop offers custom-made creations, from single bouquets to architecturally-inspired centerpieces, and works with consumer (yep, they do weddings) and corporate clients. Mercedes even offers same day delivery in the Austin area, so they’re perfect for any last-minute apology bouquets.
Owning a flower shop seems to run in families, and Alff’s Florist is no exception. Owned and operated by the same family since 1883, Alff’s has been doing their thing on Cesar Chavez long before the street's popularity skyrocketed. They offer arrangements, bouquets, event design and planters along with customized food gift baskets that can be customized to exclude gluten, dairy, caffeine, nut or GMOs.
Petals, ink. is one of the few flower shops in Austin where you can get the full flower-to-table experience. In 2015, the company purchased seven acres of prairie land northeast of downtown where they grow small fruit trees, fields of wildflowers and native grasses in addition to staples like ranunculus, sweet peas, anemones, zinnias and nigella. Buy some of their gorgeous creations at the shop or head to the flower farm for workshops, like a locally grown floral design class. Petals also hosts one-on-one instructional classes, tea and a guided stroll. Coming soon: a mobile flower truck!
Like plenty of trendy businesses these days, Freytag’s was started in a garage. An Austin original since 1974, they’re consistently considered one of the best floral shops in the city. As befitting a long standing business, you can set up an account here to be reminded of special occasions and receive reward points for each dollar you spend. Freytag’s delivers in Austin and beyond, including Cedar Park and Lakeway. Make sure to check out their local specials.
Located in Hyde Park’s The Triangle, Texas Blooms’ offerings run the gamut from wedding arrangements to single deliveries. You’ll find flowers, corporate gifts and gourmet baskets here, as well as tropicals and high-end luxury selections. They also offer workshops, and their online blog has useful information about the meaning of certain flowers, how to grow your own flowers from bulbs, what to look for in a corsage and more.
Terrariums are all the rage now, and the somehow perfectly named Slavonk & Hortus is all over that trend. You can stop into their Instagram-worthy storefront to peruse their intricate terrariums, or have one delivered as a gift. If you’d prefer to make your own, they offer classes that include plants, shells, crystals, sand and a glass bowl. You can drop in on one of their events, schedule your own individual build or get a group together on or off-site.
This family-run business has been around for over 30 years, a staple on South Congress for bouquets that are perfect for Mother's Day, birthdays, celebrations and more. Though they have gorgeous arrangements, it’s equally important to note that they have one of the largest offerings of plants and succulents in town. Ben White Florist offers same-day delivery, but if you have the time, stop inside the store for one of their famous “carry out specials” like a pile of tulips for $12.99.
Ali Bleu Flowers provides arrangements for both small and large occasions with in-house floral designers on hand. If you’d prefer something less conventional, they offer dish gardens, dried and silk arrangements. In addition to flowers, the shop also has fruit and gourmet baskets, gift baskets, greeting cards and candles. After all: Anyone can order a dozen roses, but nothing says “I love you” like a basket filled with junk food.
If you’re looking for something exotic, Austin Flower Co. is your best bet. The flower shop's daily list of flora includes over 250 different flowers, plants and various greenery for sale. They buy directly from a farm and are a wholesaler for many local flower shops, weddings and special event artists. While it’s true that they don’t design or deliver, they do have a range of pre-made bouquets in the store that you can browse within their giant walk-in cooler. They also support a lengthy list of non-profits.
Billed as a European-style flower market, Westbank Flower Market offers custom floral designs for events, home decor and daily deliveries. They source flowers from local regions like Texas Hill Country and bring in more exotic blooms from Hawaii, New Zealand and Holland. You can also find dried flower arrangements, live blooming plants, bromeliads and wreaths. Give them a call or email to order or visit their shop.