Not all heroes wear capes, and mums are no exception. Although any old time and day is a fabulous occasion to treat your mother, motherly figure or yourself, Sunday 14 May is the official twenty-four-hour period to celebrate all that they are and do for you/us and the world. From high teas and luxe lunches to markets and staycation experiences, there are plenty of ways to delight mum over the ceremonious weekend this Mother’s Day in Adelaide.
1. Storehouse Flinders East’s five-course feast
Adelaide’s latest restaurant, Storehouse Flinders East is hosting a five-course feast with a complimentary glass of bubbles at their semi-al fresco eatery. The seasonal menu is made using locally produced ingredients with the likes of: barramundi fillet with burnt carrot, greens, and ginger broth; and local blue shimeji and chanterelle mushroom risotto. Lunch and dinner sessions are all the go between 12pm and 2:30pm, as well as 5pm and 9pm.
Where: 260 Flinders St, Adelaide
2. Browse the Gathered Market’s new Rundle Mall destination
If shopping and browsing is right up mum’s alley; on Sunday 14 May between 9am and 5pm underneath the Gawler Place Canopy in Rundle Mall, the monthly Gathered Market be popping up. The brand new market destination will be the first of many in Rundle Mall, and is set to boast a carefully selected range of local makers and designers. Think: clothing, homewares, art, jewellery, bags, candles, ceramics, skincare, and cosmetics, to name a few. Brunch and lunch will be up for grabs too with gozleme, stuffed arepas, and donuts on the cards, as well as wine, gin and juices.
Where: Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall
3. Brunch at one of Adelaide’s prettiest cafes
There’s nothing like an eggs benny done right, and there are a bunch of local spots that do that and other breakie favs just right with the bonus of being absolutely pleasing on the eyes. Adelaide has a number of beautiful cafes that are, dare we say, Instagrammable, where you can snap and sip amongst the likes of old-world charm or green gardens. Take a look at our top ten prettiest cafes in and around Adelaide here.
4. Indulge at the Vegan Festival’s Vegustation
On Sunday 14 May from 1pm until 4pm, Francesco’s Osteria in Torrensville will be host to the annual Vegustation, in a Mother’s Day special this year. Organised by the beloved Vegan Festival Adelaide, the afternoon will see the likes of fine, plant-based Venetian soul food served in the homey Northern Italian restaurant on Henley Beach Road. It might just be a splendid way to treat your leading lady to a cruelty-free feast.
Where: 146b Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville
5. Spend a day out in Hahndorf
Hahndorf is the place to be for German specialty stores and bakeries galore, galleries and olde leatherworks, impressive cellar doors, as well as yesteryear pubs and unique retail, amongst the slew of Hahndorf to-see and dos. Spend the day discovering Hahndorf’s drinking scene, a beautiful winery, or eating your way around the quaint cafes. Check out our full list of the best things to do, see, and eat in Hahndorf here.
6. Garcon Bleu’s Buffet De Brunch
From 12:30pm to 2:30pm, join one of Adelaide’s top-notch restaurants, Garcon Bleu for their Buffet De Brunch. The chic French eatery will serve up an array of patisseries, charcuterie and fromage, house-made specialties, and fresh crepes. And if splashing out is your thing, get into the bottomless cocktails, cold-pressed juices, and tea and coffee on offer. Live acoustic music by local talent will take the brunch to that next level, as well as the special gift that all mothers will get to take home.
Where: 108 Currie St, Adelaide
7. Head to the seaside for the Brighton Sunday Market
Just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday 14 May from 7:30am until 12pm, get on over to Brighton Secondary School for the Brighton Sunday Market. This particular market is said to be one of South Australia’s biggest open-air markets where you can find fresh produce, food stalls, snack bars, local arts and crafts, antiques, collectables, and secondhand gems in all forms of the word. All funds raised by the non-for-profit market go towards supporting students during their musical studies. It’s a fantastic way to amp up a day by the seaside.
Where: 305 Brighton Rd, North Brighton
8. Cielo‘s High Tea
On Saturday 13 May between 2pm and 4pm, Adelaide Arcade patisserie, Cielo will host their Mother’s Day High Tea. Nibble on hand-crafted sweets and savouries paired with Gegika Wines, all whilst tuning into two hours of prime seats to live Bolero classics by The Very Modern Jazz Band. There’s also word of a cheese board featuring some of South Australia’s best cheeses and local fruits, as well as unlimited tea by Fresia & Cassia. Read more about Cielo Tea Room here.
Where: Shop 31, 112/118, Adelaide Arcade
9. Luxe out on a staycation
If there were any right time to splash out on a fancy hotel, it would be for Mother’s Day. Whether it be for a day by the pool and a bit of a spa day, or to be close to the city centre for a night our at upscale restaurants and bars, there are plenty of hotels in Adelaide you can luxe out on for a lil’ sleepover. From Eos by SkyCity, Crowne Plaza, and Mayfair Hotel to the exclusive Sequoia Lodge in Crafers, and Thorngrove Manor Hotel in Stirling, there’s somewhere that’ll fit your Mother’s Day desires.
10. Pack a picnic and spend a day in nature
If being outdoors is the key to mum’s heart, park up a lovely picnic at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. All you have to do is bring a rug or chairs, grab some snacks and chuck together a charcuterie board situation and then enjoy the luscious scenery, followed by a venture around the inner-city’s great outdoors. Why buy flowers when you can just bask amongst them, right? Alternatively, Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens is a simply divine spot to enjoy autumn colours and pristine country air.
11. Or simply, treat mum to a box of special edition choccies
Give mum a KISS, and by that we mean keep it simple stupid with a box of chocolates. Four Pillars and experimental chocolatier, Koko Black have put their crafts together just in time for Mother’s Day. Think Four Pillars Fresh Yuzu Gin blended with cocoa-rich milk chocolate for a herby green tea and tangy yuzu flavour, and the Olive Leaf Gin’s notes of rosemary, olive oil and sour lemon combined with dreamy dark chocolate.
Where: Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall