Melbourne's Best Venues For Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch And High Tea On Mother's Day

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Food, glorious food! Having a special meal on Mother's Day is a popular way to show Mum you care – and where better to brunch but Melbourne?

You'll need somewhere great you can go with your mum, your kids, your stepmum, your favourite aunty, or even your whole family! So, if you're looking for a really special breakfast or an all-out high tea, these are the places we wish we were eating on Mothering Sunday.

(We've got excellent recommendations for family-friendly pubs and cafes near playgrounds if that's your vibe, too).


Image: Brunetti

Head to True North for some legit bagels or Mexican-inspired breakfast dishes with chorizo, as well as veg and vegan options. Grab a slice of pie or a cookie to savour later with a coffee... alone. 

Brunetti may be open all day (and who says you can't go back for dinner?!) but the Mother's Day breakfast is hard to beat. Head past the chocolateria for a little sweet something for yourself or a mama you love.

For an all-day breakfast, Lux Foundry has you sorted – everything from Bircher muesli and avocado on toast to harissa chilli scrambled eggs and a Middle Eastern breakfast is sure to please. Lux serves Proud Mary coffee and is fully licenced, if you feel a mimosa is on the Mother's Day cards.


Image: Milk The Cow (Facebook)

If my family is reading, Milk the Cow's Mother's Day Cheeseboard Special is top of the list for me! Available as a standalone order or as part of the regular a la carte lunch, you have three options: the cheeseboard, the cheeseboard with wine, or the cheeseboard and a select bottle of sparkling. Sign. Me. Up!

With their legendary Bircher muesli on offer in addition to a fixed menu and rotating specials, Top Paddock in Richmond is a popular choice for excellent brunching. Throw in a breakfast cocktail or two and you might want to stay there all day.

Breakfast pasta, you say? Why not, says Brunswick's Small Axe Kitchen. If maccaruni, guanciale and a slow-cooked egg isn't your bag, you might like to try the brioche with whipped cinnamon ricotta or perhaps zucchini fritters.


Head on out to The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches for a Mother's Day lunch to remember
Image: The Piggery Cafe (Facebook)

Treat mum like a queen at the Sheraton Hotel Melbourne – they're putting on a seafood buffet for Mother's Day with fresh seasonal seafood including succulent crab, oysters, prawns and smoked salmon, plus a variety of signature salads, delicious hot dishes and desserts from the in-house pastry chef. This is served in the Little Collins St Kitchen from 12pm-3pm. 

Why not take a little day trip to The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches (a Shannon Bennett spot) and amidst the food and drink, enjoy a bit of bocce, lawn bowls, croquet, or stroll around the grounds and check out the veggie patch. Too cold outside? They have heating! And an emu enclosure, just for something different.

For something else a little out of the box, why not head to the Zoo and lunch among the animals? Melbourne Zoos host brunch every Sunday (and high tea at Werribee, if you're so inclined). Feast on a delicious buffet with a glass of what you fancy on arrival, and full entry to the zoo for the day.

Feel like lounging by St Kilda beach with a cocktail? Republica will sort you out with daily specials in addition to their regular lunch menu. Grab a pizza, pasta, risotto, or seafood dish and live it up.

Cumulus Up, the wine bar above Cumulus Inc, is opening for lunch especially for Mother's Day with a set menu for $75 per person. With oysters and Wagyu pastrami on the list and a special drink (Autumn Spritz) created just for the occasion, you won't be disappointed. 

High Tea

Image: Pink Afternoon Tea At Sheraton

For a special afternoon tea with a good cause, look no further than the Sheraton Hotel Melbourne. They're putting on a Pink Afternoon Tea in support of The McGrath Foundation to help raise much-needed funds for families affected by breast cancer.

For full indulgence, you have a date with The Westin for their exceptional high teas, either in the Lobby Lounge or their signature restaurant, Allegro. Tiers piled high with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and delicate sweets and savouries are all washed down with ambient Jazz and either unlimited tea and coffee, or unlimited Brown Brothers Prosecco plus the bottomless tea and coffee. Mums get a special gift and there's even a children's menu available for the young'uns.

Famous for its high teas, The Langham is an obvious choice for a Mother's Day outing. For incredible views, try the offerings at the Alto Mother's Day High Tea on level 25, where you will be treated to Toblerone trifle, berry macarons, pink velvet cupcakes, salty chocolate tarts, New York Cheesecake, raspberry meringue kisses and a Lindt chocolate fountain, with options for sparkling wine.

For solid-ground-lovers, the Chocolate Bar at the Aria Lounge will be more your style – billed as a contemporary menu of "sweet meets savory". Handcrafted, exquisite, extravagant and almost-too-good-to-eat treats will be served on their own Langham Rose Wedgwood crockery. I have my eye on their dark chocolate cream eclairs and scones with rose petal preserves.

And last, but certainly not least, The Windsor has been serving up French pastries, ribbon sandwiches, canapes, and scones on pretty tiered stands since 1883, all alongside a dessert buffet (just let those words sink in!). This Mother's Day also comes with free-flowing French sparkling. 

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