We're fascinated by flowers – they evoke fruit and food that give life, but we're also drawn to the harmony of colours and shapes when they're in bloom. We love plants, for the touch of green they add to interiors or patios, and because they remind us of secret gardens and wild nature we came from and strive to get back to. These flower shops are your little pieces of paradise in Barcelona if you're looking to brighten up your surroundings with flowers and plants, or give them as gifts that are always well received.
Barcelona flower shops
Au Nom de la Rose has managed to make roses a part of our daily lives, rather than saving them for special occasions – it’s as if you were living in Paris. At their two locations (in C/Ganduxer, 26, and C/Valencia, 203) you can get anything from a single rose to sophisticated bouquets, like the aromatic roses of Kenya or the roses of Piaget. They also sell jams and sweets with a rose fragrance and scented candles.
A gift for your granny, a floral centrepiece to add colour to a business meeting, a last-minute bouquet to make up with your partner... Navarro, one of the city's most reliable florists, has a huge catalog of products to fit all the needs and budgets of all kinds of clients. Sylvia Navarro represents the third generation of this floral empire, the mother of all flower shops, which is open 24 hours a day.
For years Joan Xapellí travelled the world buying flowers wholesale. So many that he got to know flowers better than anyone and it led him to imagine another business model, where flowers and plants live alongside art. He brought in Fátima Valldeperas and Marta Vidal to create the ideal Bornay team. Their creations are dreamy, exquisite and eclectic. A bouquet could evoke a Matisse painting, a centrepiece inspired by an old sci-fi film. They now sell their original creations retail in this historical space that over time will be covered with lush vegetation until it's among the most beautiful florists in the world.
La Rambla de les Flors has maintained the spirit of the 19th century, when La Rambla was the only place in Barcelona where flowers were sold. You’ll find hundred-year-old stands, like Flors María, that probably inspired the excursions of Ramon Casas and Jose María de Sagarra, as well as other colourful shops that freshen up their look with the changing of the season. In April, the 15 flower stands are painted red to celebrate the tradition of buying roses on La Rambla for Sant Jordi.
At this small florist’s in Rambla Catalunya, they truly appreciate tradition. Maria Ponsà is the latest in a long line of family of florists who worked for the Spanish kings Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII. If you need advice on your garden, you’re intrigued by the art of Ikebana or you’re looking for a natural yet original arrangement, you’ll find inspiration in the displays at Maria Ponsà’s shop.
They're known for their originality and unusual bouquets, in which you might be able to admire the beauty of an artichoke, for example. At Herbs they boast more than 300 varieties of exotic flowers and they also work with everyday plants so they can make all your plant- and flower-related dreams come true.
Flora Miserachs has been recognised as one of the leaders in innovation of floral arts, a discipline they know well and have dedicated themselves to teaching and informing people about from the Escola d'Art Floral de Catalunya as well as from their studio in the Sarrià neighbourhood. In this space that combines a workshop with a small garden, all ideas come up in flowers.
Serving Barcelona since 1959, Petit Jardí is a family business dedicated to the world of gardening and floral arts. It's great to have green oases in the city centre, and they say that here you can find the most fragrant and sensual Oriental lilies in the Gothic Quarter.
Tiestö is where arrangements that adorn some of the restaurants in the Tragaluz Group are born. You'll also be able to get for yourself gorgeous bouquets that avoid the norm thanks to combining out-of-the-ordinary additions, such as aloe vera, for example.
Other shops with flowers and plants
Xavi Montardit's Muguet is an inspired space that brings to mind flower shops in London and Paris. The care and respect for natural materials, preference for seasonal flowers and mastery of traditional and contemporary techniques are evident in every task they take on. In Muguet you'll also find decorative objects, and a good selection of original vases and flower boxes.
From the outside, this shop looks as though it could be in New York or Paris. And from the inside as well. That’s the magic of a signature concept store – it symbolises how vast and cosmopolitan the aesthetic imagination of its creator is, who in this case is the Chilean interior designer Jaime Beriestain. The shop, a clear labour of love, reflects Beriestain’s own interests and passions – cooking, reading, vintage decorative items – and it’s also a space to showcase his own products in the shape of chairs, rugs, towels and candles.
Laura González and Chabeli Rodríguez are the floral creators behind Estudio Sauvage, a store/workshop in Sant Antoni. They create floral decoration jobs in the workshop and also spend time on outdoor projects. They love to experiment with the design of flower pots and other vessels; hence the structure and fragile architectures for air plants that the duo combine with hydrangeas, cactus and succulents.
Joliu is a word related to joy and happiness, and it's also the name of a bulb plant related to the hyacinth that blooms from April to June in the Pyrenees. And it's the name Lucía López chose to baptize her space, a concept store dedicated to plants, illustration and design that's also a gallery and café . In addition to plants, especially succulents and cactus, Lucía has reserved a place for local artists, where you'll find illustrations and ceramics. The flowery Pompilio plants and Bas pots complete the ambience of a space that seduces instantly.
Jesús and Pancho call themselves plant collectors. The protea is their favourite flower, and they wanted their shop to be something a bit more that just a shop – a house of plants, if you will. In addition to their selection of plants of all types and from all latitudes, they also organise workshops and events with plant and flower themes.