Few things feel as convenient and satisfying as being able to see, smell, and buy fresh buds and blooms the moment you spot them on the street or at the market. Plus, they are always fresh, nice and cheap.
Sometimes we need more than a random assortment of flowers put together in a rush. Sometimes, we need our bouquet to count, to make a difference in someone else’s life. That is when specialist florists come in, those with distinctive signature styles who can create gorgeous flower arrangements that can take the breath of your significant other away. So here we go — modern and trendy florists to know.
Bong by Catt
Bong by Catt is one of my favourites. Founded two years ago, Bong by catt was the pioneer in bringing to the market the Instagram-wide popular flower boxes. Nothing screams sophistication, chic, and luxury more than a rounded, mini-matte black box topped with overflowing blooms of pastel peonies, seductive English roses, or hydrangeas. Both fresh and intricate silk flowers are available, in case you want your floral gift to someone (or yourself) to last more than five days. Boxes come in black or white, round-shaped or low-edged rectangles, in various sizes, and there are also options for flower-and-gift duo packaging. My personal pick would always be the matte black rounded box. Prices range from VND500,000 to over a VND1 million — or more depending how you are going to customize your box of blooms.
Bong by Catt has a showroom at 17 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. For more info, go to facebook.com/bongbycatt
Xophoatanni is another distinctive florist whose style is one of a kind and cannot be mistaken for anyone else. If you are a fan of current popular Korean flower arrangement styles, with easily recognizable wrapping in neutral, muted colour palettes combined with semi-transparent wrapping papers, you will adore Xophoatanni. Their signature products include transparent flower cake boxes and humongous bouquets of baby’s breaths or hydrangeas. They also offer the enchanted rose in that tall domed glass case like the one in Beauty and the Beast at a Disney fairytale kind of price at VND3.5 million. Well, as it lasts up to five years, perhaps you can justify the splurge for a single rose. Xophoatanni has gone as far as creating bouquets of strawberries (as you can see on Pinterest and have always wished for), Snickers, and money notes. Depending on the choice of flowers and the size of the bouquet, be ready to spend somewhere between VND250,000 to VND1.5 million for one order.
Xophoatanni is at P113-B12 Khu Tap the Kim Lien, Dong Da, Hanoi. For more info, go to facebook.com/xophoatanni
Compared to Bong by catt and Xophoatanni, No.23 Floral offers a wider range in terms of both flowers and wrapping paper. They incorporate some less popular choices like alliums or those with a more local feel, such as white lotus and sunflowers. While diversification gives customers more options, it makes it harder to tell a bouquet by No.23 Floral apart from other florists. However, this store tends to go for the girlie and rustic feel most of the time.
No.23 Floral is at Ngo 1, Au Co, Hanoi. For more info, go to facebook.com/no.23floral
Novembre makes beautiful rose bouquets using soft-looking semi-transparent and patterned wrapping paper for a romantic and dreamy feel. This floral shop seems to really favour roses above any other type of flower, which makes it a great choice if you have already set your mind on the classic symbol of love.
Novembre is located at 158 Phuong Liet, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi. For more info, go to facebook.com/novembre.hoatuoi
Flower Box has long been a trusted name in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. They offer a wide range of flowers and prices with a strong focus on roses and orchids. There is something for everyone at this humble yet diverse shop, whether you are looking for roses, poppies, carnations, dahlias, daffodils, lotus, or sunflowers in various colours, including the rare and mysterious shade of black.
Flower Box is at 182A Pasteur, Q1, HCMC. For more info, go to facebook.com/flowerbox.com.vn
38 Degree Flowers
38 Degree Flowers was the first florist in Vietnam to bring premium and expensive imported blooms to town, including Ecuadorian roses, peonies, English roses and French lavender. They started in Ho Chi Minh City but now have a second location in Hanoi. 38 Degree Flowers was once associated with everything luxury and extravagant when it comes to flowers. However, to better accommodate popular demand they have launched a more budget-friendly line, in which all designs are at VND290,000.
38 Degree Flowers is at 58 Mac Thi Buoi, Q1, HCMC. For more info, go to facebook.com/38degreeflowers
Padma de Fleur
Among those listed in this florists collection, Padma de Fleur has the most identifiable designs with their signature Asian/Oriental touch and feel. Padma de Fleur adore their pink or white lotus, autumn crocus, and present their vivid blooms in such a way that brings out their raw natural beauty without any overpowering influence of any other accessories. This approach seems to bring about more zen in their floral arrangements and designs than any other florist, as everything feels effortless.
Padma de Fleur is at 55/6 Le Thi Hong Gam, Q1, HCMC. For more info, go to facebook.com/padma.de.fleur