Your mum’s awesome, isn’t she? She obviously deserves an extra-special surprise this Mother’s Day, so here are some amazing places to buy her brekkie. She’ll definitely appreciate it more than the burnt toast you made her when you were six.
Does your mum deserve to be spoiled? Here’s a hint: the answer is always yes. So why not take her out for a meal at Higher Ground? This popular, universally acclaimed cafe will wow her with its wonderful service and tantalising menu. It’s super spacious, with split-level seating and very high ceilings, and Mum will just adore the ricotta hotcakes with cream, maple syrup, seeds, grains, fruit and flowers.
“Food is delicious and staff is amazing. Interior is spectacular and clever the way they broke up the high ceilings with different levels of seating and plants. It does look fancy, but staff makes you feel relaxed by being rather casual. Dinner is amazing here as well. Nice ambience. Recommend to take a few dishes and share. Dishes look simple, but are really well balanced.” – Jo Walakutty
Can’t beat a bit of French fanciness every now and then, can you? Hardware Societe is a uniquely lovely venue with low-hanging lights, a butterfly wall, and a host of delectable variations on France’s yummiest treats. Seat Ma down and treat her to The Continental, which is honey peaches, vanilla yoghurt, crumble and croissant. Protip: it goes beautifully with their legendary hot chocolate.
“This is a delightful cafe. It offers a bright, welcoming space with appealing decor, great service and good coffee. Most tables are for sharing but there’s plenty of room. I love the casual ‘homey’ feel and the whole atmosphere. I’ll be back.” – Ali-Hawk
Does your mum love a coffee? Well, when you want a cracker of a cuppa in Collingwood, Proud Mary is the place to be. It’s a store as well as a cafe, selling a range of wholesale coffee wares – perfect if you “left Mum’s gift at home”. They also do amazing food, so order up the strawberry and cream ricotta hotcakes, served with strawberry consommé, mascarpone, lemon verbena and toasted seeds.
“Proud Mary’s is a Collingwood institution. Their ricotta hotcakes are the must try and so actually, the porridge was delicious also. After tasting both of these, I think I could come back breakfast each and every morning. The served fantastically made coffee! But then again, I didn’t doubt it wouldn’t be! I would recommend coming earlier as it gets packed out very quickly.” – svchu1
Nestled away in one of Melbourne’s famous laneways, Bowery to Williamsburg is a New York-inspired haven of breakfast goodness. It’s super-trendy and very welcoming, and there’s lots of nice little decorative touches (like the 5th Avenue sign). Get the poached eggs with cured salmon, horseradish crème fraiche, pickled fennel and asparagus. Almost as good as Mum makes (just don’t tell her that).
“The pancake stack was awesome, and the staff were pretty cool as well. I’d definitely come back here for some more pancakes.” – David Sarkies
A true Richmond institution, the bakery that would become Chimmy’s Cafe was first established nearly 60 years ago. This place is all about the award-winning pastries, and the range is broad enough to satisfy even the pickiest mum. Open from 5am, Chimmy’s is a real early bird kind of joint – great if you have work later/made further plans with Mum/need to beat your pesky siblings to the punch.
“I celebrated my 40th birthday at Chimmy’s. I was spoilt by the staff with free champagne and the service was excellent. The food was absolutely delicious. We were given a set menu, which to our delight kept being added to, without the price changing. Highly recommend Chimmy’s for a meal or a celebration!” – Reneê Hall