Where To Take Mum For Mother’s Day In Brisbane

By Catherine Blake
8th May 2017


Just because this is a non-holiday invented by Hallmark to sell greeting cards doesn’t mean we can’t all have a nice time. This is a prime excuse to spend some qual time with the woman who taught you manners and give a little back of that pampering she’s always showering you with.

This year Brisbane’s really kicked things up a notch with luncheons, dinners and more high teas than a weekend at Wiz Khalifa’s to celebrate your mother’s service to the continuation of the human race. 

She gave you life, you can do better than a bunch of begonias. Here’s where to take your mum In Brisbane for Mother’s Day.

Wild Canary 


Located inside a garden centre, Wild Canary is a real mum-pleaser and this year they’ve got some special offers for both breakfast and lunch for Mother’s Day. For breakfast Wild Canary offers coffee on arrival and a choice of the big breakfast, Atlantic salmon or a fairly hectic mushroom situation as well as some fresh fruit and Danish to share. Lunch is another impressive feast with a choice of an autumn salad, beef cheek, or hot smokes Tasmanian salmon with either pavlova or chocolate pistachio dacquoise for dessert. Good luck leaving without a new fiddle fig.

Price: $45 for breakfast, $70 for lunch
Details: Check out their events page

Lokal + Co 

West End

In collaboration with Adelaide Hills’ Vella Wines, Lokal + Co are hosting a pop-up wine lunch which, while not formally a Mother’s Day event, is nonetheless a brilliant way to treat your mumma on Sunday. The boutique wines will be matched to a brilliant four-course lunch from the Lokal kitchen featuring chilli prawns, BBQ duck bao and five spice pork ribs. Bookings essential.

When: 1pm
Price: $80 pp

Details: Full menu and booking details here.

Cat Cuddle Café 

Red Hill

Do some good for the wee little meows and take mum for some snacks ‘n pats at Brisbane’s Cat Cuddle Café. The feline fanatics are offering a dope high tea for Mother’s Day (and even a vegan option for bigtime animal lovers) and while you’re there you might as well book in some time with the kittehs in the downstairs snuggle emporium.

Price: $35
Details: Book your cuddle here.

Spicers Balfour 

New Farm

The Balfour Kitchen is known for offering one of the best high teas in the city, and this Mother’s Day they’re pulling out the stops providing everything you need to cement your place as favourite child for the next year. Think everything from chicken rillette, ham hock terrine and spanner crab brioche to lemon tarts, Lindt choc chip cookies and brownies with snickers ganache.

When: 2pm
Price: $65 pp

Details: Full menu and booking details here

The APO 

Fortitude Valley

The APO never shies away from a chance to throw a party and this year’s Mother’s Day is lining up to be a cracker. Treat mumma bear to a boozy Sunday sesh with a three-course set menu, a glass of Mumm (APO’s got jokes), and some ultra fantastic live sounds courtesy of the Ultra Fantastics from 5pm in Bakery Lane.

Price: $85 pp
Details: Check out their events page for booking details. 

Brisbane Marriott


The Marriott’s going off with a not-so-standard afternoon tea to help honour our mums this Mother’s Day. They’re pledging all manner of treatables including fresh-baked scones, petit fours, and those delicate little sandwiches they’re always eating in British film adaptations of Oscar Wilde plays. All complemented with your choice of Ronnenfeldt teas and even a cheeky champagne level-up.

When: Sittings at 12pm and 2pm
Price: $49 for traditional, $59 for champagne
Details: More details here

e’cco Bistro 


If you’ve been shirking your familial duties this yeah, here to save your bacon is e’cco Bistro with a three-course rollick across one of the finest and most photogenic menus in town. When she sits down for that braised pork belly, or the forty-hour short rib, or that foxy rosewater cheesecake, I guarantee mum will so forgive you for leaving your wet towel on the floor.

When: Sittings at 12pm and 2.30pm
Price: $89 pp
Details: Full menu and details here.

Emporium Hotel 

Fortitude Valley

Home of the sparkling cocktail lounge, Emporium Hotel has got Mother’s Day covered this year with a high tea. The event includes a glass of Mumm on arrival, a splay of sandwiches and sweets, unstoppered flows of tea and coffee, and even a special gift for your mum (guaranteed not to be a handmade ashtray).

When: Sittings at 10am, 12.30pm, and 3pm
Price: $60
Details: Booking details here



High tea is pretty goddamn excellent, but how does high tea with a two-hour Moët & Chandon package and some live music thrown in sound? Like you’re going to be in some seriously good books with your ma, that’s how. Treasury’s Mother’s Day high tea is a surefire way to make your ladyparent feel super special, and they even chuck in some free parking to save you the cost of an uber #considerate. Tickets are limited so get booking.

When: Sittings at 11.30am and 2.30pm
Price: $59 pp
Details: All details and booking info here

Darling & Co. 


If you’re not sure what to do on Mother’s Day and are a big fan of leaving things up to the moment, Darling & Co. has you covered from all sides literally all day. Their a la carte menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are available all day to supplement their Mother’s Day itinerary which includes Bottomless Bellini Sundays for just $39 a head and complimentary manicures from 2-5pm with any cocktail.

When: All day
Details: More details here.  



If you’ve always eyed up Aria’s river views and fancy feasts but never found a good enough excuse to splash out, here’s your in. For Mother’s Day this year, Matt Moran and head chef Ben Russell have designed a three-course menu showcasing the cream of the Aria crop to treat your mum and spare you the embarrassment of burning dinner. We seriously recommend getting the apple tarte tatin with apple sorbet.

When: Bookings available from 12pm
Price: $105 per adult/$55 per child under 12
Details: Complete menu and booking info here.

Is your mum more into hiking than hoofing back cake and tea? Better embark on one of the best hikes around brisbane, then. 

Image credit: Yaseera Moosa

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