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32 Things To Do On Mother’s Day In Melbourne

By Tayla Rabie
27th Apr 2018


She wiped you. She bathed you. She even put up with all your bullsh*t during those angsty teenage years (so much eyeliner...what were we thinking). Mother's Day is the day we celebrate our mums for the superheroes they truly are. There's heaps of foodie, boozy and creative events happening all over Melbourne for Mother’s Day 2018. Mum’s in for an absolute treat.

Here’s what’s on in Melbourne this Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Events

Photography: Flowerfox

High Tea Buffet at Yarra Valley Lodge

Treat yourself (and we guess Mum too) to an extravagant High Tea buffet packed with fresh scones, crumbling pastries, iddy biddy sandwiches and a cheeky glass of bubbly. Cram all you can on a plate, then come back for seconds and thirds.

Where: Yarra Valley Lodge, Chirnside Park
When: Sunday 13 May, 2pm-4pm
For more info, click here.

Mother’s Day at Mitchelton Winery

Prepare your taste buds for a decadent two-course meal made from fresh, local produce by Chef Dan Hawkins. Just thinking about their oak-smoked Goulburn River trout and Berkshire porchetta with caramelised apple and roasted parsnip has us salivating. A feast fit for the Queen your mama is.

Where: Mitchelton, Nagambie
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother’s Day Italian Feast At Vaporetto

This four-course eat-fest designed by chef and owner, Greg Feck, is guaranteed to unbuckle a notch in your belt. You can’t go past Vaporetto's Fritole Veneziane for dessert—rustic fried doughnuts with cinnamon, grappa & lemon with vanilla zabaglione. Mama Mia.

Where: Vaporetto, Hawthorn
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here.

Mother’s Day At La Svolta

Speaking of Italian feasts...treat mum to an insane carb-load packed with pizza, pasta and Italian desserts at La Svolta this year. Sink your teeth into an oozing four cheese pizza and finish it off with a cheeky Nutella calzone (or two). Ay ay ay…

Where: La Svolta, Hampton
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Long Lunch At Pascale Bar & Grill

Does Mum enjoy things like tables covered in artisan cheese, scones and cream fit for the royal wedding, or food stations pumping out beetroot-cured salmon bellinis? Yeah, we thought so. Well you can get all this and more at Pascale Bar & Grill's epic long Mother's Day lunch. Tickets are $70 a pop and they're selling fast. Get on it.

Where: Pascale Bar & Grill
When: 13 May, 12pm – 3pm
For more bookings, call 8636 8800 or email reservations_qtmelbourne@evt.com 

Secret Brunch At Rustica

Well, not secret as in no-one knows it's happening. We know it's happening. And now you do too. Rusticas all across the city will be throwing a special Mother's Day menu on the 13th...we just don't know what will be on it. Apparently each cafe is tailoring the menu to suit the history and culture of its suburb. One thing's for sure, it'll be delicious. Shotgun one of the custard bombolini. 

Where: Rustica (all venues)
When: Sunday 13 May
For more information, click here

Bottomless Champagne Brunch

Let’s cheers to St Kilda's Lona for hosting a bottomless brunch with unlimited bubbly for mother dearest. After all the things she does for you, she deserves to let loooose for one day of the year, right? Just make sure you drive her home (she'll be too busy singing ABBA classics). 

Where: Lona Tapas Bar and Restaurant, St Kilda
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother's Day High Tea At Crux & Co

Just finished your brisk Mother's Day walk? We reckon you've earned some Buttermilk scones at The Crux & Co. They're rocking a very special high tea brunch all day long, Scones jam and cream galore, plus limited edition jam-filled cronuts from the guys at Bonne Maman. Nice one. Tickets are $65 a pop. 

Where: The Crux & Co, 35 Albert Rd, Melbourne
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Love Your Mum At Rice, Paper Scissors

Rice Paper Scissors is getting in on the action this year with a spicy Mother's Day special. You can get a prosecco, nibbles and a special dessert for $49.50pp. And if you've been here before, you know it's gonna be delish.

Where: 307 Brunswick St Fitzroy
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mindful Mornings Meditation Session

Nourish your soul with mum this Mother’s Day with a morning jammed with yoga and meditation. Yoga pro and human pretzel Emma Maidment will lead the class, and it's followed by a healthy breakfast overlooking the gorgeous Albert Park Lake. #health

Where: Greenfields Albert Park
When: Sunday 13 May, 8:30am-10:30am
For more info, click here.

Grandmother Exhibitions

Go get cultured with mum and gran at the Grandmothers exhibitions, running at five major museums across Melbourne. Celebrate the wisdom of grandmothers across Chinese, Jewish, Italian, Muslim and Greek communities. 

Where: Various (get the details here). 
When: Sunday 6 May – Sunday 28 October
For more info, click here

My Mama Said Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Get fit for a good cause. Lisa Minett (owner of Seddon fitness studio My Mama Said) is donating all proceeds raised from classes on Mother's Day to BreastWest. They're aiming to raise over $1000 bucks. Sign Mum up for the special Mother's Day Class, which is designed for mothers and daughter (over the age of 15). 

Where: My Mama Said, 67 Austin St, Seddon 
When: Sunday 13 May,
For more info, click here

Cocktails At Bang Bang At The Rifle Club

Bang Bang is getting a bit boozy this Mother's Day. They're unleashing a range of limited edition cocktails, based on various 'Mum personalities'. Bubbly mums, raise a glass of the Jason Mimosa (lolz). 

Where: Bang Bang At The Rifle Club, Elsternwick
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mum-osa At Rice Paper Sister

Don't wanna go all out with a 17-course banquet? Rice Paper Sister in the city is doing a 'Treat Your Mum' special: a limited edition dessert + a mimosa for $20pp. Nice one.

Where: 15 Hardware Lane, CBD
When: Sunda 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother's Day At Runya's Room 

Here's a good one for Mum's that like value (and bubbles): CBD high tea parlour Runya's Room is doing a free bottle of Perrier for every Mother's Day booking of 4+. You can lock in one of their yummy high tea packages or just swing a la carte—either way you're getting the bottle. Score.

Where: Runya's Room, St Collins Lane, CBD
Sunday May 13
For more info, click here

Day Trip To Rochford Wines

This one is for all the foodie mummies out there. Head Chef Raki Andriana from Rochford Wines has designed both a three-course breakfast and a four-course lunch…you can taste the TLC. Don't go past his sharing platter of baked camembert, heirloom beetroot cured ocean trout, and roasted heirloom carrots with figs and crunchy hazelnuts.

Where: Rochford Wines, Coldstream
When: Sunday 13 May, 8:00am-10:30am and 11:30am onwards.
For more info, click here

Mother’s Day Living Grand Sunday Lunch

Treat mum to an insane buffet experience with authentic, fresh foods from all over the world. Think live cooking stations, cheese platters, wood-fired pizza, grill and wok dishes and seafood. To top it off? An interactive dessert bar featuring an extravagant pink chocolate fountain.

Where: Grand Hyatt, CBD
When: Sunday 13 May, 12:30pm- 2:30pm
For more info, click here.

Dessert + Cocktails At Trunk

Trunk in the CBD is all about indulgence this Mother's Day. They're running a limited edition dessert: Choc Mousse (Chocolate Mousse with wild berries, chocolate crumbs and peanut butter brittle). There's also some devilishly dirty cocktails. Get in quick.

Where: 275 Exhibition St, CBD
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother's Day Lunch At Iki-jime

Iki-jime is dropping anchor on Mother's Day this year with a three-course share plate seafood lunch. Expect everything from prawn cocktails to fish and chips (but fish and chips like Shannon Bennett would do them...the mind boggles). Get in quick—it's $65 a head.

Where: Iki-jime, 430 Little Collins St
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother's Day Lunch At The Langham

This one's pretty exxy, coming in at a cool $225pp. But that gets you QUITE a bit of stuff: think lobster, crab and a proper seafood feast, free-flowing sparkling, wine, coffee & tea, plus a gift certificate for Wedgewood High Tea at the Aria Lounge. Well played, Langham. Well played indeed.

Where: Langham Hotel, Southbank
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Festa Della Mamma At Figo Cantina 

Figo Cantina are determined to send you rolling home this Mother's Day. They're unleashing Figo-Go-Go, which is basically an all-you-can-eat Italian Nonna feast. Bottomless Italian cheese, truffle pasta, charcuterie meats and Nutella Calzones. Do we even need to say this? Book like the wind!

Where: Figo Cantina, 73 Brighton Rd, Elwood
When: 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother’s Day High Tea

Another one rocking The Hyatt this year: a very fancy (and delicious) High Tea. Finger sandwiches, hiramasa kingfish, gruyère cheese puffs and even fancy freshly-baked scones. Pop that pinky up and sip on a glass of Chandon Sparkling Rosé.

Where: Grand Hyatt
When: Saturday 12 May, 12:30pm- 2:30pm and Sunday 13 May, 3:30pm- 5:30pm
For more info, click here.

Mother’s Day High Tea With A Difference

Mary Eats Cake are not only hosting a High Tea, but also offering unique packages where you can choose your indulgence level. The base package features a high tea with unlimited scones, artisan teas, a take-home gift and a glass of sparkling. Or go the extra mile for mum and top that off with a cocktail, cheese platter and macarons.

Where: Mary Eats Cake, Brunswick
When: Sunday 13 May, 10am, 1pm, 4pm
For more info, click here

Mother’s Day High Tea At Crabapple Kitchen

This child-friendly high tea should be a lot of fun—Crabapple is still one of our favourite old-school cafes. Their Crabapple Slider made with Blue Swimmer crab, Granny Smith apple and mustard cress in a milk bun is to die for. Drooling.

Where: Crabapple Kitchen, Hawthorn
When: Sunday 13 May, 7am- 5pm
For more info, click here.

Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run

Get fit with mum while raising money for a good cause, breast cancer research. Pick a 4km or 8km walk or run around the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. Perfect time to get a good dnm (deep n’ meaningful) conversation in with mum, and tell her how much she means to you. Don't forget the pink costume (fairy wings are a must). 

Where: Royal Botanical Gardens
When: Sunday 13 May, from 6am
For more info, click here.

Mother’s Day Mum-Cha

Book a room for mum and the family at Hu Tong for an epic yum-cha banquet, so you can scoff down food with no need for civilities. Let that stir-fried lobster and mouth-watering duck dumplings drip down your chin in private.

Where: Hu Tong, Man Tong and China Red
When: Sunday 13 May, 10:30am – 4pm or 5:30pm – 10pm.
For more info, click here

Brunch In The Dark

Enjoy an insane sensory social experience with Mum on Mother’s Day: brunching in complete darkness at Dans le Noir in South Yarra. Be taken away with their two-course menu to awaken your senses and palate with intense flavours, textures and ingredients.

Where: Dans Le Noir, Como Hotel 
When: Sunday 13 May, 11:30am- 12:30pm
For more info, click here

Mother’s Day Flower Workshop

Grab girlfriend (or boyfriend) and mosey on down to Kimberly Place to design a gorgeous flower arrangement for mum. The talented florists from The Dahlia & The Daisy will help you with your creation and will also stuff you with cheese and conversation.

Where: Kimberley Place, Chirnside Park
When: Saturday 12 May, 2pm- 4:30pm
For more info, click here.

Mother's Day Lunch At Ryne

Pick your poison, ladies. Either a 5-course set menu or a 2-course a la carte indulgence for you and mum. It's probs the easiest choice you can make because they're both crazy delicious. Definitely a good call if you want to treat Mum to something extra fancy this year. 

Where: Ryne, Fitzroy North
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here.

Mother's Day Menu At Cumulus Inc. 

Reserve a table for mum and the fam at Cumulus Inc. for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or why not just stay there all day?) You can't go past their special Mother's Day brekky menu though. A meal and a glass of bubbly for only $45 bucks! It's got us bubbling with excitement.

Where: Cumulus Inc., CBD
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here.

Yum Cha Mother's Day At Ricky & Pinky 

We don't need much of an excuse to get our asses to Ricky & Pinky, but this one sounds extra delish. Go all out and impress mum with a delectable banquet of Hong-Kong style Chinese food from Ricky & Pinky. Be sure to try out their honey glazed duck and shredded cumin lamb. 

Where: Ricky & Pinky, 211 Gertrude St
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Mother's Day At Damon Bradley 

This one is for all you mamas with a sweet tooth. Iconic dessert bar Damon Bradley is serving up cakes, finger sangers and a large assortment of teas for mum's special day. The treats don't end after tea, however. You'll also get a box of truffles to take home and chug down in front of the TV. 

Where: Damon Bradley, Southbank
When: Sunday 13 May, 10am- 8pm
For more info, click here

Fine Dining At Pure South

Treat mum to a fine dining experience by Michelin chef, David Hall, at Pure South. Enjoy the pristine food made from fresh produce sourced from Tasmania. To top it off? Free flowing champagne for THREE hours. Hot damn. Get a seat up at the window and indulge in some cheeky people-watching. 

Where: Pure South Dining
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here.

Nomada Set Menu

Feeling fancy? Check out the Mother's Day set menu at Nomada, featuring some delicious bites including coffin bay oysters, slow-cooked egg with creamed leek and Yarra Valley caviar…If you’re still not full, treat your mum (and yourself, duh) to the churros with melted chocolate. Deeeelish. 

Where: 412A Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Bingo, Brunch & Bottomless Bubbles

Now that is an alliteration we can get around…Tokyo Tina will be serving bottomless bubbles, beer, and Aperol Spritz (hell yeah!) plus an all-encompassing Japanese-feast. And you can even play a round of bingo! Mum'll be thanking you for this one. 

Where: 66a Chapel Street, Windsor
When: Sunday 13 May 12 – 2pm & 2 – 4pm
For more info, click here

Mother's Day Degustation at Yagiz

Fancy a cheeky Turkish Delight Cocktail? Luckily for you, South Yarra's Yagiz is serving up an all-day shared menu featuring some of their favourites from 12pm – 9pm! Plus, there is a complimentary cocktail on arrival, so you can get into the Sunday spirit. 

Where: 22 Toorak Road, South Yarra
When: Sunday 13 May 12pm – 9pm
For more info, click here

Ichi Ni Nana Mother's Day Lunch

Fancy a Japanese feast to treat your mum? Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya is serving up fine wines, Japanese nibbles (spicy edamame, soft shell crab tempura and gyoza are on the cards) are available from mid-day till late. Fancy something to wash it all down? The rooftop bar is also open, so you can crack open the champagne in style.

Where: 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Sunday 13 May 12pm - Late
For more info, click here

Mum's The Worst At Stomping Ground Brewery

Grab a table for lunch in the Stomping Ground Beer Hall and gulp down their new "Mum's The Word" beer, a Passionfruit Sour which was devised via suggestions from mums in an online vote. Upon booking Mum will receive a Passionfruit Sour on arrival (or another drink of their choice), there will also be a flower table where kids can make their own bouquet for mum. Bookings can be made for any size group in 2-hour sittings (11:30am - 1pm, 2pm - 4pm).

Where: 100 Gipps Street, Collingwood
When: Sunday 13 May, 11:30am - 4pm
For more info, click here.

Mothers Day at the Garden State Hotel

The perfect hideaway from the bustling crowds, Garden State Hotel is open for both lunch and dinner on Mother's Day, so you can treat mum to that meal that she deserves! Dine on roasted market fish or the slow roasted flinders lamb with eggplant and curry leaf. Sounds good to us!

Where: 101 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: Sunday 13 May mid-day till 7pm
For more info, click here.

Prahran Hotel Lunch & Dinner

Treating yourself to something a bit more relaxed and low-key? The Prahran Hotel is serving up an a-la-carté menu with a special treat on the cards for the mums out there, with bookings available for lunch and dinner. Delicious!

Where: 82 High Street, Prahran
When: Sunday 13 May 12pm - late
For more info, click here

Sweet Indulgence At Bibelot

Bibelot is going all out this year. Not only are they launching two new petit gateaux (strawberry, rhubarb and champagne, anyone?) they're chucking a decadent afternoon tea with cakes and treat from Q Le Baker. You even get a glass of sparkling on arrival. Nice. 

Where: Bibelot, 285 Coventry St, South Melbourne
10am11:30am, Sunday 13 May
For more info (and to book tix), click here

Mother's Day Gifts & Flowers

Photography: Flos Botanical

Flowers With A Twist

The epic collab between Flos Botanical Studio and Cherry Cakes has given us the perfect Mother’s Day delivery for our mama’s. Order a vase of gorgeous flowers with a 6-inch blueberry, blackberry, elderflower cake topped with Italian buttercream. She deserves it.

Where: Flos Botanical Studio
When: Pre-order by 6 May
For more info, click here

Ice Cream & Flowers At Billy Van Creamy

Gorgeous bouquets and scoops of homemade ice-cream? It's gotta be Billy Van Creamy's Mother's Day pop-up florist. Yep, the guys at Creamy will be hosting the flower pros from Candy MT next weekend in the lead-up to Mother's Day. You can drop in the store, pick up a bespoke flower arrangement for Mum, plus three limited edition ice-cream flavours, created special for the event.

Where: Billy Van Creamy, 27 Best St, Fitzroy North
When: 12 & 13 May
For more info, click here.  

Gift Hampers

These care packages from Feel Better Box are guaranteed to make your mum smile. Their hampers are packed with luxurious beauty products, delicious treats and sleepy relaxation teas. The perfect Mother's Day morning prezzie. 

Where: Feel Better Box
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here.

Pick Your Bunch From Flower Fox

Find mum the perfect bouquet from the Etsy of the florist world, Flower Fox. Discover local florists across Melbourne, and their gorgeous blooms will be delivered right to mum's front door.

Where: Flower Fox
When: Sunday 13 May
For more info, click here

Godiva Chocolate Boxes

Belgian chocolate pros Godiva have released a new Mother's Day treat: Chocolate Bark. You can only get it from Godiva's flagship store in Melbourne Emporium. There's also an epic new range of chocolate boxes (if Mum's got a sweet tooth and appreciate luxe design). Definitely a step-up from the ol' Cadbury Favourites. 

Where: Godiva, Melbourne Emporium
When: AVailable in-store now
For more info, click here

#MYMUMROARS Chocolate Packs

New boutique chocolate brand Hey Tiger (AKA the most beautiful bars in the world) have launched a wicked Mother's Day pack this year. Seven of their signature flavours, plus a handwritten card, all wrapped up in a spiffy package. Get Mum excited about Pina Colada Choc, Rosé and Strawberry White Choc, hazelnut buttermilk and lychee and mint. And did you cop an eyefull of that packaging? Damn.

Where: Get them online here
When: Packs will start being posted
from the 3rd May
For more info, click here

Further Mother's Day Reading

Be the golden child this year with these florists and gift delivery services. You know she loves you most of all. 

Image credit: Mary Eats Cake 

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