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A Complete Guide to the Dangwa Flower Market for First-Timers

How to Go To Dangwa? Get all the tips and information you need to make your Dangwa Manila trip a breeze!

By: Eunice Sheene Fulgencio | February 07, 2019
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Art critic John Ruskin once said, “Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.” And his extraordinary mind was definitely onto something since flowers really do make the mundane a bit more thrilling. Name one special occasion where flowers do not seem like a great present. You can’t think of one, can you? Be it for a birthday, an anniversary, or a “just because” gift, flowers’ versatility, and sentimentality ensure they are always well-received.

Fortunately for you, Metro Manila has Dangwa Flower Market, a haven where you can find flowers of all colors and kinds at reasonable prices. There is no need to go out of the city or go for overpriced bouquets to get your hands on beautiful flowers. Planning to visit this flower haven soon? Then read on to learn all the things you need to know.

1. Know your history.

Dangwa Flower Market

Dangwa Flower Market is also known as Bulaklakan ng Maynila.

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Named The Dangwa Flower Market is named after the Dangwa Tranco Bus Terminal. Since the mid-1970s, it has been the bagsakan (main source) of flowers in Metro Manila. It gets the majority of its blooms straight from Benguet, but stocks from Davao, Tagaytay, and Laguna are also available.

In 1994, the Dangwa Manila started operating 24/7; at present, you can visit Dangwa anytime. As expected, Dangwa is at its busiest during significant holidays, wherein flowers are in demand. These holidays include Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, All Saint’s Day, and Holy Week.

2. Know the possible routes.

Dangwa Manila

No matter where you may be coming from, there are a lot of ways to get to Dangwa.

Since the Flower Center of Metro Manila is located at Sampaloc, Manila, there are a handful of ways to get there. For those coming from the province, the buses at the Dangwa Tranco Bus Terminal, bound for Bulacan, Banaue, and Nueva Ecija, all pass by the market.

How to go to Dangwa if you’re coming from Metro Manila: You can ride jeepneys bound for Quiapo and alight there. From Quiapo, take another jeep and alight at Dangwa. There are also many Quiapo-bound jeepneys from Quezon City; after alighting at Quiapo, follow the same route as the one mentioned above. From Taft Avenue, Dapitan-UST and Blumentritt-Dimasalang can also be ridden to get to Dangwa Flower Market.

3. Know when to go.

How to go to Dangwa

Timing is everything, even when bouquet shopping.

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Even though Dangwa Manila is open at all times of the week, there are still prime times to pay it a visit to ensure you get the freshest blooms. Many stalls usually have their flowers delivered from 8 to 10 at night until well past midnight. If you want first dibs on all flowers, visit the market between one and three in the morning.

Moreover, according to Dangwa Flower Market veterans, Thursday is your best bet in the week if you want to have the most options to choose from. Only partially within the weekend rush and late enough in the week, make it a goal to pay a visit on a Thursday if ever needed.

4. Know the area.

Dangwa Flower Market

To find anything from customized flower arrangements to a quaint café for refreshments, it pays to know the area in Dangwa.

Images: Left, Yoorekka; Right, La Taza Café

Dangwa stretches for 50 meters, so knowing its ins and outs will work to your advantage. Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when exploring the Dangwa Manila:

• Dos Castillas and Dimasalang Streets are the major areas of the Dangwa Flower Market. Somewhere in the middle of Dos Castillas Street is the warehouse-like Manila Flower Market, wherein customized arrangements are available.

Tropical flowers, secondhand furniture pieces, and ornamental fruits can be found within Laong Laan Street. It is also the street where the former train station was located.

• Found on the corner of Laong Laan and Dos Castillas Streets is the La Taza Café, another option if you are looking for blooms that have made you hungry. It is also aesthetically beautiful, therefore, ideal for spontaneous photo ops, which is also a huge plus.

• A good landmark when you need a shopping break in Dangwa Flower Market is the Chowking branch located at the corner of AH Lacson, where you can take a bathroom break or refuel. There is also a Mercury Drug branch at the intersection of Forbes and Laong Laan Streets if you’re in need of refreshments.

5. Keep in mind some helpful shopping tips.

Dangwa Manila

To find anything from customized flower arrangements to a quaint café for refreshments, it pays to know the area in Dangwa.

The vibrance of the market makes shopping an exciting prospect, but make sure to keep your wits with you. Here are some tips to help you maximize your Dangwa Manila flower shopping experience.

• Look around first. Do not buy from the first stall. You come across at the Dangwa Flower Market, as there is a good chance other stores are also offering what you’re looking for at lower prices or better quality.

• At the same time, do not expect all stalls to sell the same flowers. Different stalls have different specializations and unique offerings, so be keen on that.

• You can buy various flowers from different stalls and have another stall arrange them for you. Be choosy when picking flowers, and, if possible, avoid buying in bulk immediately until you have explored the place.

• Special items can also be found in Dangwa Flower Market that might be hard to find anywhere else. These include floral foam, floral wire, baskets, and vases.

• There will be a couple of times when you’ll need flowers to brighten up an occasion. So being knowledgeable about the metro’s premier flower market will save you time, lessen your stress, and even help you stick to your budget.

Have you ever gone to Dangwa in Manila? What was that experience like?

Check out our List of Flower Shops in Metro Manila or browse the Specialty Goods category of the Yoorekka Directory.

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About Eunice Sheene Fulgencio
Eunice knew that she’d be writing for the rest of her life from a very young age. Naturally introverted, she is selective with how she uses her time and who she spends it with. Has a penchant for sweet treats, sentimental proses, and online personality quizzes. A true-blue INFJ.
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