Is there anything better than fresh flowers in the house? We think not. But deciding on the right bud or frond to express how you feel can be tough. The trick is finding someone to help guide you to that perfect bunch – which is where this list comes in handy. Here are the finest florists in Sydney, specialising in everything from vintage-style bouquets to native blooms.
Opened in 2013 by Jai Winnell, Hermetica moved to a larger, warehouse-style home in Woolloomooloo in 2018, and its soaring ceilings and vast wall displays are as striking as its stylised floral gifts. As well as servicing a vast number of Sydney’s biggest restaurants and creating bespoke pieces for corporate events and weddings, Hermetica sells bouquets for every occasion, perfectly packaged in its delightful signature wrap.
248 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9356 8678
This boutique florist in Darlinghurst creates eclectic, seasonal bunches of stunning natives mixed with tropical and traditional flowers, which results in “arrangements that are a unique ‘unstructured structure’,” according to owner Jane Lampe. The business has built strong relationships with growers in and around Sydney and uses local flowers where possible. And the name? Floreat is Latin for “let flourish”.
21a Barcom Avenue, Darlinghurst (by appointment only)
0410 050 630
The aesthetic at this Potts Point store is idiosyncratic; a little posh and with a wonderful sense of timelessness. Most arrangements have a subtle native theme – nothing brash, just delicate bush flowers woven into more traditional bouquets.
2/117 Macleay Street, Potts Point
(02) 9331 4333
My Flower Man
Kieran Birchall left a career as a real estate agent to set up a florist business, and a few years later it’s still his passion. He recently moved to a new shopfront in Tamarama, and continues to mix natives into his bunches to create beautiful, fragrant pieces of art. “Less structured arrangements are key. Our clients like them wild in nature, different, rather than domed,” says Birchall.
32A Fletcher Street, Tamarama
0401 107 325
Saskia Havekes, one of the city’s most celebrated florists, opened her Potts Point store in 1995. Her designs often grace the pages of magazines, and Grandiflora was included in Broadsheet’s “Sydney Classics” series. The shop is named after Havekes’s favourite flower, the Magnolia grandiflora, in part because the street outside her small store is lined with them.
Shop 1/12 Macleay Street, Elizabeth Bay
Bess Scott grew up around flowers: both her father and grandfather are growers on the NSW Central Coast. For her Paddington store, she uses native wildflowers straight from her father’s Passchendaele farm, in addition to seasonal blooms from the Sydney Flower Markets. She learned the art of floristry under Havekes and in London before opening her own business, with a penchant for bright flowers and sculptural designs.
27 William Street, Paddington
(02) 9356 8464
Co-owner Kowsh Rawson has worked at a number of Sydney’s best florists, including Hermetica Flowers and Poho Flowers, and she brings a similar aesthetic to Kiko. Pastel-coloured flowers are a strong feature, but she says she lets the season dictate her creations. “We like our bunches to look effortless and when we create the bouquets we try and stay true to the natural form.” Ranunculus is her favourite flower: “It’s a very feminine flower and has great tones, and because there are thousands of petals in one flower, as it opens, it changes.” (Editor’s note: Kiko Design is currently closed until Monday February 15)
0421 931 558
After making the move to Rosebery in 2019 from a small Redfern hole-in-the-wall (and before that, from her own home), Myra Perez’s My Violet is more beautiful than ever. Her arrangements are bold, with dark and rich tones instead of pastels. Branches, fruits and vegetables also occasionally make appearances, lending texture and contrast to the bouquets. There’s less emphasis on ribbons, leaves and other traditional decorative fillers. The blooms are sourced from the Sydney Flower Market in Flemington, and different flowers and varieties are available depending on the season.
603 Botany Road, Rosebery
0499 901 828
The Floral Decorator
After more than 35 years in floristry, Kelly Thomas can spot the difference between a bunch of flowers that has been picked fresh and one that has languished in a fridge for a week. Three days a week, she sets her alarm for 3.45am to head to Sydney Flower Market at Flemington, then she’s back at the shop by 8am. A proud Wurundjeri woman, Thomas’s business is certified by Supply Nation, Australia’s largest national directory of verified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
112 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
(02) 9516 3113
Sometimes you need a succulent or a monstera to gift a little greenery to someone you love. This online plant and botanical homewares shop offers a number of plant-and-pot combos to choose from, all selected for their low maintenance hardiness. Add glass aquaculture vases, timber plant stands and gold plant stakes to your order.
If you’re looking to send blooms to lovers, friends or family interstate, farm-to-vase flower delivery service Floraly is a good option. Flowers are only cut and picked after an order has been made to reduce waste (a big problem in the industry), and they’re sent in an elegant hard letterbox to keep the buds fresh and safe.
Additional reporting by Nicola Heath and Lisa Fukuda