This florist selling plants and fresh flowers is the only old shop left in Calle Cádiz, near Sol, as both the grocery stores Rogu and Fruteria León disappeared a long time ago.
Leonardo Garcia Catalayud from Valencia set up his business here in 1812 selling flowers from his shop at a time when Madrid was full of flower girls selling carnations and violets out on the streets, in scenes that have been captured in the zarzuelas, or Spanish operettas.
Flores Manolita supplied the Royal Household with flowers every day until the Spanish Republic was declared. One of the shop’s most popular customers was the singer and musician Antonio Machín, who came here frequently.
In the 1940, Leonardo passed the business on to his godchild Manolita, who specialised in carnations and camellias, eventually winning the “Silver Camellia” prize for her work. The shop continues to use traditional handcrafted methods today.