Buenos Aires in Bloom

(Flower shop in Almagro. Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

The purples, reds, pinks, yellows, and greens that flower vendors sprinkle the city with are one of the many things that make Buenos Aires charming. Valentines Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in the fragrance and color of these delicate gifts from nature.

The local flower industry, which caters only to internal consumption, produces mostly in the Buenos Aires province and consists of family run businesses that pass on cultivation techniques from generation to generation, adding to the romance of the bouquet.

Vendors are everywhere and can be found at all times of day although there are two important flower spots in the city. One is in the Almagro area where the flower market used to be and where Acuña de Figueroa street is now lined with flowers. The other is where the flower market (founded in 1940) was finally moved to in Barracas. Both are interesting neighborhoods to explore, full of history, tangos and more.

(Traditional flower shop. Photo by ‘J’)