Mums deserve the world and Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to go the extra mile and show yours some love. This year round, ditch the flowers and do something a little special to mark the big day. Luckily enough, Sydney offers a number of great options for every budget and interest. There’s sweet treats, high teas, fancy spas and special set menus to choose from. Here are a few ideas for a memorable time with your mum this weekend.
1. Enjoy a lush Sunday spread at Odd Culture
You can’t go wrong with a good meal and if you’re looking to surprise mum with one, Odd Culture is slinging a leisurely Sunday Spread this weekend. You can also opt for a candle-lit dinner along with a Four Pillars gin spritz on arrival. The menu includes items like the Beetroot kombucha vinaigrette, the Koji roasted chicken and Tiramisu Bianco. Book a table here.
2. Have an indulgent high tea at this hidden spot
Did you know The Star Sydney has a hidden tea room called G&Tea? With a lovely high tea offering both sweet and savoury options and lush botanical interiors to boot, this is the ideal way to spend quality time together. G&Tea’s extensive menu also offers some fine gin cocktails. Find more info here.
3. Check in for a staycation at 202 Elizabeth
For a real treat, why not head out to a snazzy new boutique hotel called 202 Elizabeth in Surry Hills? The sleek new spot in the city is offering a ‘Bad Mum’s’ package this Mother’s Day which includes overnight accommodation, bottomless prosecco, chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, complimentary mini bar and a rooftop cocktail tasting.
We’ve also got a Japanese onsen a stone’s throw from Sydney if you want to get out of the city.
4. Enjoy a picture-perfect brunch at The Grounds
There are so many brunch options to choose from but we keep coming back to The Grounds. If you’re planning to spend some quality time with mum surrounded by picture-perfect florals, lush greens and freshly baked goods, head here this weekend. There’s a selection of danish pastries and croissants from The Grounds’ bakery on offer along with savoury options like smoked salmon and truffled autumn mushrooms, halloumi & scrambled eggs and more. Book a table here.
5. Buy something special at the Barangaroo Artisan’s Market
The Artisan Market in Barangaroo is back this Mother’s Day weekend with a diverse variety of stalls with locally sourced products including ceramics, prints, homewares and jewellery. Also on the agenda: live music and entertainment to keep you occupied while you browse. It’s all happening this Saturday, May 13 from 10am to 4pm. Shop from 40 excellent stalls and support our local brands while you’re at it.
6. Spoil your mum with a champagne brunch at Feast
For the mum who loves seafood, you don’t need to look any further than Sydney’s Sheraton Grand. Their chic buffet restaurant is doing Mother’s Day in style with a Champagne Brunch. Unwind with four hours of unlimited seafood and live music, accompanied by bottomless Thiénot x Penfolds Champagne Brut Rosé NV. Menu includes Sydney rock oysters, Aussie prawns, champagne lobsters and more. Book a table here.
7. Plan a road trip to a charming NSW town
If you and your mum love a bit of adventure, we have a list of beautiful country towns just two hours away from Sydney. From the historical village of Berrima to the quaint town of Leura in the Bleu Mountains, Sydneysiders are sspoilt for choice. With plenty of options to eat and drink and artisan markets and wineries to explore, this is the perfect gift for the mum who loves a bit of spontaneous fun.
8. Dive into a special Mother’s Day menu at Ploós
For a truly tailored experience you’ll want to check out Ploós. With gorgeous views of the harbour and a fabulous Mother’s Day menu curated by chef Peter Conistis (Alpha, Eleni’s and Cosmos), this is the fancy dining experience that’ll do all the heavy lifting for you. Menu offerings include grilled haloumi with roast quince, mint, isot pepper, marinated olives with rosemary, mahlepi and citrus, honey roasted lamb ribs and much more. Head here for more.
9. Have a delightful lunch at Little Pearl
Little Pearl in Manly is doing their bit to make your mum’s day extra special. On offer are a number of scrumptious hawker-style dishes like szechuan king prawn betel leaves, beef tataki with nahm Jim dressing, pickled chilli, furikake and Szechuan-style crispy noodles, chunky choclate ice cream and more. The shared lunch includes a Pink Spritz on arrival. Book a seat here.
10. Enjoy a free coffee and nail bar experience
What’s better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning? A cup of coffee with a free manicure on the side, of course. This Mother’s Day you can head to selected Nespresso boutiques to sip on excellent coffee made with the Vertuo POP while enjoying an OPI manicure completely free of cost. There’s six bright colours to choose from and if you’re feeling a little strapped for cash, this is the perfect way to spend the morning. Find it at David Jones at Elizabeth St.
11. Have a blast at the Tina Turner musical
Does your mum love live theatre? You’re in luck because the long-awaited Tina — The Tina Turner Musical has finally opened at the Theatre Royal, just in time for Mother’s Day. Charting the singer’s humble beginnings in Tennessee to her meteoric rise to global fame, this is an exciting new production that pays homage to a great icon and promises an exciting time for guests. Book your tickets here.
12. Head to a First Nation’s Mother’s Day celebration
Enjoy a free celebration at Damulay Ngurang, located at Walumil Lawns in Barangaroo. Expect interactive Aboriginal dance performances, weaving workshops, native flora crown-making workshops, and storytelling sessions in this special event this Sunday, May 14 from 9am to 1pm. Food and beverage will be on-site courtesy of Walkabout Coffee Van. Get more information here.
There’s a lot more to do this Mother’s Day weekend! For the mum who loves adventure, head out to this picturesque thermal pool, for the mum who enjoys art, check out the incredible Steve McCurry retrospective, plus there’s a giant light festival taking over Sydney Zoo and stellar Aussie musicals to enjoy. Here’s raising a glass to all the mums!