For years your mom put up with you and your terrible dining habits – your impossible dietary restrictions (“chicken fingers only, please”), and incessant screaming at the top of your lungs.
So now that you’re a grown-up, fully-fledged human being, it’s time to pay back the favour by taking her out for Mother’s Day.
Spoil her rotten with a date in Toronto at a spa, bar, or boutique and show her just how much she means to you.
And for goodness sake, make sure you pick up the cheque.
Collette Grand Café
Enjoy some sumptuous French cuisine for brunch this Mother’s Day – who knows, maybe even on their charming patio if the weather is good. Plus, their bakery is open daily so you can give yourselves an appetite for one of the many upscale dishes on their yummy menu.
Her Majesty’s Pleasure
There’s no better way to spoil your mother than with a pampering session at this King Street West salon. Get a mani-pedi, a shoulder massage, or a blow dry all while their bartenders serve you delicious cocktails, Champagne and sweets. Cheers, Ma.
Shopping in Yorkville
Some well-earned retail therapy is the name of the game this Mother’s Day – and we’re not talking about Winners. Take her someone she really deserves, like Yorkville, where you can pop in boutique stores like Capsule and M0851 and treat her to a gift she picked out herself.
A classy treat for a classy lady, indulge in a Mother’s Day tea party brunch which features a three-course menu paired with curated teas. And that’s not all – moms go home with a Maman cup with a lavender seed for them to grow and a special Maman’s family recipe book.
Pamper your mind, body and soul with a Swedish massage, sea mud wrap, or an exfoliating Hammam body polish so you and your mom feel all shiny and new again. Plus, if you treat your favourite lady to a Decleor Luxury Facial in May, you’ll receive a $40 gift certificate for free.
Buy your mom great seats to a show you know she’d love. Catch Kinky Boots the musical before it ends its Toronto run on May 15, or check out If/Then, which is on at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Or if you want to tickle her funny bone this Mother’s Day, check out one of Second City’s Comedy Shows.
If your mom has a sweet tooth, take her to this mouth-watering chocolate maker on Tank House Lane where she can sample truffles, cookies and spinning gelatos. The smell alone is a gift for your mother, but when she tastes their Mayan hot chocolate you’ll instantly gain favourite child status.
Treat your mom to a top-notch meal with a delicious Mother’s Day lunch at this Front Street eatery. Choose from Steak Tartare, Foie Gras Eclairs, or a classic Chicken Club Sandwich. Oh, and don’t forget to save room for dessert because the Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee is not to be missed.
Eau du Mom
Your mom’s perfume should be as unique as she is. So create a custom-made perfume at Aromachology this Mother’s Day so she smells fabulous. Choose your base and top notes and create a signature scent for a very special gift that she won’t forget in a hurry.
If your mom is as hip as her daughter or son, she’ll love a cocktail (or four) at Black Hoof. Line your stomachs with some decadent nibbles – then go onto the good stuff. The bar has a ton of ‘libations’ to choose from, and if you want a tipple that winks at the usual Mother’s Day formalities, may we suggest a cup of ‘Tea and Sympathy’ (e.g. gin).
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late… so why not get a head start on being the favourite child for next year? elle cuisine can supply private catering so you can organize the perfect gathering for Mother’s Day at your home or hers. Their customized menus are inspired by classical French cooking and chef Lauren Mozer makes every bite delicious.