If you formed a picture of all mothers based on Mother’s Day marketing campaigns, you’d believe they all wore floral scarves, ate only scones and jam and that they would collapse into a puddle of happy tears if presented with a melon baller.

We figure your mum is a pretty unique entity, and probably likes lots of different things – most of all, spending time with you. So here is a list of places to take her and things to do together for Mother’s Day.


Most cafes are sticking with their regular trade this Sunday and seating customers on a walk-in basis. Try Auction Rooms in North Melbourne, Entrecote in South Yarra, The Kettle Black in South Melbourne, Green Park in Carlton North, Touchwood in Richmond or Hawthorn Common – they’re big spaces with lots of seats. You can try Chez Dre in South Melbourne, but be warned, it could be busy because its new adjoining patisserie, Bibelot, is opening this weekend.

If you’d like to take her somewhere nice for dinner (but not too fancy), try 400 Gradi in Brunswick East (or at Crown), Baby in Richmond, Lucy Liu, Nieuw Amsterdam or Gazi in the CBD (again, plenty of seats).

There are also plenty of places doing set menus and special high teas – which, let’s be honest, tend to be pretty hit and miss. Here are some of our top picks.

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Rustica Sourdough has a champagne-breakfast package which includes any meal from the menu, a coffee and a glass of champagne. It also includes a pack of petit fours to take home, including a vanilla heart-shaped macaron, madeleine, raspberry and marscapone choux bomb and a dark choc and cognac truffle.

$35 per person
From 8am
To book call (03) 9417 7775

Hellenic Republic is doing a set breakfast menu including two courses alongside your choice of a pressed juice or smoothie and a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The first course provides a selection of “bowls” to choose from (chia pudding and Mastic goji-berry granola included), while the second is a shepherd’s breakfast spread to share (including kalamata olives, feta, maple-roasted ham and zucchini keftethes and more).

$35 per person, $20 per child
From 8am
To book at the Brunswick restaurant call (03) 9381 1222 and for the Kew restaurant call (03) 9207 7477.

Beautiful patisserie By Josephine in Brunswick is serving a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies, including macarons, crème brûlée, cheese gougère and more. They've also partnered with local florist, Babylon Flowers, meaning you get a hamper of treats and flowers with each booking.

$52 per person
Saturday May 9 & Sunday May 10
To book call (03) 9380 8048

Serving a glass of NV Mumm “Cordon Rouge” Champagne at the door, Pei Modern’s five-course set menu is a journey of precise, restrained simplicity from start to finish. Sydney Rock Oysters and smoked beef are a few items that will feature.

$95 per person
From 12pm
To book call (03) 9654 8545 or reserve online.

For something different, take the family to Saigon Sally’s weekly take on Vietnamese yum cha, Lazy Sally Sundays. Saigon chilli crabs, fried-chicken ribs and Tira-mi-Sally frozen sweets are included on the yum-cha menu which is served on a Lazy Susan and made for sharing.

$39 per person (for six sharing plates)
From 12pm
To book call (03) 9939 5181

If you want to make this a year to remember, head to Saint Crispin for a five-course long lunch. The menu features dishes such as tea-cured salmon with spanner crab, Seven Creek Wagyu with heirloom beetroot, horseradish and spinach, and the chocolate, roasted banana and peanut butter meringue, just to name a few.

$135 per person, $35 for children
There are two sittings, one at 11.30am and one at 2pm
To book call (03) 9419 2202

If your mum can handle her gin, an afternoon at G&Tea will be pretty fun. The Fitzroy High Tea package includes French sparkling on arrival, followed by a gin and tonic, a G&Tea gin cocktail and a refillable cake stand of savoury and sweet treats. Weather permitting; all this can be enjoyed in its garden.

$55 per person
From 1pm–6pm. Available Saturday and Sunday
To book call (03) 9417 7574 or email drink@gandtea.com.au

If you’re feeling creative, try our DIY High Tea Guide.


Head to the closing night of the Spanish Film Festival. It saved one of the best for last with the Academy Award-nominated Wild Tales.

Now showing at the Malthouse is Timeshare, a story about a mother-and-daughter (how convenient) holidaying at a paradise resort when time and reality start to become a bit sketchy. It is showing on Friday and Saturday, for an early Mother’s Day outing.

If your mum loves fashion, take her to go see Dior and I, which is still screening at cinemas around Melbourne.

The Butterfly Club is wrapping up an encore run of Reception – The Musical!, an original cabaret comedy about the on-the-edge-of-your-swivel-chair thrills of customer service.


Treat yourselves and go shopping. We’ve even made it easy with this wrap of the best sales this weekend. And if your mum turns it around and insists on buying things for you, just go with it.

If your mum’s pretty creative (or would like to be), Work-Shop is hosting a Watercolour for Beginners class on Saturday. You can learn how to create dynamic watercolour paintings inspired by flowers.

Take a yoga class together. For something different, check out this unusual humming one in Prahran, Humming Puppy, or for the mum that likes gangsta rap, go for Yoga 213.