There are certain things which are uniquely Cape Town.  Majestic Table Mountain is, of course, unmissable as it looms over the city. A trip up here on the cable car is a must for any visitor as the views on the top are spectacular. Then there is the glamour of the Atlantic Seaboard around Camps Bay/Clifton area and the delights of the Waterfront with excellent restaurants and superb shopping. One of the unmissable things, though, is the flower sellers in Adderley Street.

Smiling faces

They are an indelible part of the history of Cape Town, woven as they are into the very fabric which makes the centre of the city still alive and attractive. They have been there for centuries, an unmissable thing to see when you are visiting or if you are lucky enough to live here.

Roses for Africa

Take flowers home for your hosts or take them to brighten up your hotel room. They beat the flowers which are available at supermarkets hands down.


The service is smiling and efficient and it is a delight to spend some time here choosing exactly what you want. Park around the corner as there’s no parking in Adderley St, not that that seems to stop some Capetonians, but that is part of the cheeky nature that we have inherited from our past.

Trafalgar Place

You will find the flower sellers in a charming arcade called Trafalgar Place which is between the beautiful building which used to be the headquarters of Standard Bank and the Golden Acre.

Standard Bank’s famous railings

Go on Sunday mornings when the traffic is much less. Some of them take cards but it’s probably a better idea to take cash. Go ahead—spoil yourself.


Hopefully you won’t need this too soon!!