It’s crept up on us this year, but Mother’s Day is now just days away.
If you want to have a Mother’s Day that’s fit for the queen that your mom is, you better get planning now. Luckily, if you live in Liberty Village, this will be easy for you.
Here are just some of our favourite go-tos in Liberty Village for Mother’s Day gifts, eats, and activities.
It’s no secret that Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is one of the city’s most beloved/famous brunch spots – and has been since it opened. From their famous blueberry pancakes and eggs benny, to their buttermilk biscuits, Mother’s Day brunch at Mildred’s is guaranteed to score you “golden child” status. Their prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch menu ($27.50/person) features favourites like Huevos Monty, Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, or the Veda’s Choice eggs benedict. If you can’t make brunch, the restaurant is also offering a prix-fixe dinner menu ($35/person) that’s just as good – as long as your mom likes roast beef, that is.
The Beauty Room
If a full-on spa day at Stillwater Spa is out of your budget, you can treat mom to a mani/pedi, facial, or a scalp massage, among other services at The Beauty Room (located inside of L Studio Salon). Though they’re actually closed on Sunday (tear), they have their Mother’s Day packages up on the site now – which are complete with a complimentary glass of wine – making for a no-brain gift for Mom to use the next time she comes to visit you in Liberty Village.
I Have a Crush On You
If your Mom is of the difficult-to-buy-for set, hit up I Have a Crush On You for unique gifts that she doesn’t already have, but in another colour. If you haven’t already been, the “gift shop” is actually a gallery, design studio, and shop all in one. The vibrant gift shop portion is full of fun, creative products made by fellow designers, artists, and niche brands. You’ll find everything from witty greeting cards and stationary, to mugs, coasters, and every unique knick-knack your mom never knew she needed. As an added bonus, most things come with a good story – so your gift comes complete with talking points.
For the Love of Cake
Either surprise mom with an assortment of For the Love of the Cake’s amazingly indulgent goodness upon her arrival, or stroll over post-brunch to satisfy that sweet craving. They currently offer some Mother’s Day-inspired gift packages, which include cupcake bouquets (so much tastier than flowers), or boxes of four or six cupcakes, all packaged pretty for Mom. Sounds pretty sweet to us.
A no-brain option for Mother’s Day brunch is School Restaurant (obviously). Not only has the busy breakfast and brunch spot been applauded since its inception for its award-winning brunches (and their famous French toast), School just launched a new menu on May 2nd, so it’s changed a little for Mom since you last treated her to brunch. Be warned: the restaurant isn’t making any Mother’s Day exceptions on its walk-in only policy – so make sure to get there early (meaning, don’t go too hard the night before).
Hit Cadeaux for a personalized gift for Mom that actually looks like you put time and effort into it. The gift shop offers things like accessories, home décor, bathrobes, hand painted glass, candles, and greeting cards. Some of their offerings – like bathrobes and napkins – can be monogramed with her initials too for that added touch. They also custom create aprons. Just go before the weekend – it’s a small staff and not always open all day on the weekends.
Ok, so we’re aware that The Drake Hotel isn’t exactly in Liberty Village – but it’s only a short spring walk away and the brunch is definitely worth it. You’ll find the hipsters and their (perhaps hipster as well?) moms mowing down some of the Drake’s famous brunch offerings that have been saving hangovers for a decade. Their Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu ($42.00) features goodness like a Truffled Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette, Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes, Steak and Eggs, and the decadent Smoked Salmon Benny – just to name a few. Tip: make your reservation now.