Have you got a gift for Mother’s Day? Sunday 12 May is not far away. Make it special with a Melbourne gift, from lunch high above the city to a bag graced with its iconic buildings.
Sweet treats from Clementine’s
From skincare to homewares, gorgeous Degraves Street gift shop Clementine’s has a passion for things created in Victoria. Including honey made right here in Melbourne, labelled according to which suburb, or even CBD street, it’s harvested from. A jar of Melbourne City Rooftop Honey says you think your mum’s the sweetest. Underline the message with a block of Wawa chocolate – also infused with that delicious rooftop honey.
Eco-friendly finds at Milligram
Does your mum care about Mother Nature? Then check out the green gifts at Milligram, like Klean Kanteen stainless steel straws. She’s going to love joining the Melbourne army saying no to plastic! They also stock stylish reusable cups, including the classic glass range by Melbourne international success story KeepCup, and Arcadia Scott’s ceramic designs. These beautiful one-of-a-kind cups are handmade in Brunswick.
Go full Melbourne at Melbournalia
If your mum loves Melbourne, she’ll adore anything from Melbournalia. This shop only stocks distinctive things designed and often made right here, like the hand-printed Melbourne Buildings Tote, covered in elegant representations of iconic edifices such as the Royal Exhibition Building. Or a sweet tea towel emblazoned with the iconic Pellegrini’s window. Then there’s the Melbourne tea set, including W-Class black tea, Wominjeka Welcome lemon myrtle and green tea, and Melbourne Woollies lemongrass, ginger and apple. They’re available in 50 gram tins, or treat her to all three in a gift box.
The gift of an experience at Queen Victoria Market
Mums with good taste will start salivating the moment this thoughtful Mother’s Day gift is revealed. Ultimate Foodie Tours offer an insider’s experience at the market that generations of Melburnians have been nourished by. There’s a generous dash of history, a few scoops of shopping and cooking tips, and lashings of tastings. She’ll also meet some top traders and bag a Queen Victoria Market tote too.
Make a date at Mörk Chocolate Brew House
It’s getting chilly in May, so make mum’s day by taking her out for hot chocolate at Mörk Chocolate Brew House. This place is artisanal cocoa heaven, and a touch of fun too if you opt for the campfire hot chocolate. It’s the usual luscious, steaming Mörk brew, plus a posh toasted marshmallow on a skewer. Bliss! Add the sweet surprise of a hot chocolate blend take-home gift pack from this Melbourne favourite.
Spice things up at Gewürzhaus
There’s nothing more Melbourne than the scent and taste of great coffee. Which is why spice purveyors Gewürzhaus have made a clever meat rub with beans from some of the city’s finest coffee roasters. They’re ground and combined with earthy, satisfying ingredients like cocoa and smoky chipotle chili to transform meat into a memorable meal. Long after the usual flowers and boxes of chocolates are forgotten, she’ll get a kick out of this.
Experiences on that special day
Take her out for tea, but with some nice surprises – like funny monkeys and beautiful butterflies. Yes, there’s a Mother’s Day High Tea at Melbourne Zoo, but book now to get amongst the animals, bubbly and yummy bites. Or treat her to a traditional high tea at Melbourne’s sweetest riverside destinations, Damon Bradley, which comes with a specially crafted gift box of assorted truffles for her to take home.
Gaze out over the city streets through floor to ceiling windows at the Mother’s Day buffet lunch at Sirocco Restaurant. Featuring a sparkling wine on arrival, a decadent menu which includes local prawns and salmon and a pink-themed dessert buffet.
Or a European inspired three-course lunch at The Deck in Southbank. Choose from delicious main choices including butter-roasted rockling fillet, risotto of autumn mushrooms and taleggio and rigatoni with pork and fennel sausage ragù. Complete the feast with tiramisu or white chocolate pannacotta. $60 (adults) and $35 (children).
You’ll also need to be quick if you’d rather take her out to what’s literally the top of the town. Eureka 89, the restaurant on the 89th floor of Melbourne’s tallest building, is hosting a three-course Mother’s Day lunch. Treat her to fine food and drinkies, including cocktails, and epic views of the city.