Breakfast and lunch hotspots for Mother’s Day in Canberra 2018

Spending Mother's Day in Canberra and out of ideas on where to take mum? Look no further.

Here is our selection of some of the best places for eating, drinking and spending time together.

We all know how it is. You want to do something nice this year but somehow the time gets away from you.

You have so many things on your plate that you forget to make a reservation, leave the present late, and end up going to the same old place.

This year, we’ve done the hard work for you (so no excuses!) Here is our pick of the best places to go for Mothers day in Canberra.

Things to do on Mother's Day in Canberra

National Museum experience

National Museum experience from Wotif

An ultimate National Museum of Australia experience with breakfast or lunch and $20 shopping voucher.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula Acton
  • Price per person
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Cockington Green Gardens ticket

Cockington Green Gardens ticket from Viator

Visit Cockington Green Gardens and be amazed on the hand crafted miniature buildings from around the world.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Canberra
  • Price per person
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Hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride from RedBalloon

Experience Canberra's sunrise in a different way with this hot air balloon ride plus a champagne after the flight.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Canberra
  • Price per person
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National Zoo tour

National Zoo tour from RedBalloon

Have a family adventure at the National Zoo and get the chance to interact with animals. Minimum age is 4 years old.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Canberra
  • Price is per person
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Brunch feast with cocktail

Brunch feast with cocktail from RedBalloon

Celebrate Mother's day right with a savory brunch feast and your choice of signature cocktail.

  • Location: Hotel Realm, Canberra
  • Price for two adults
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Full-body massage

Full-body massage from RedBalloon

Treat your mum to a relaxing, refreshing and nourishing full body massage. Package includes body scrub, warm oil cocoon and facial.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price per person
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Top 5 cafes for Mother’s Day Breakfast in Canberra


Cupping Room

Canberra's largest speciality coffee roaster, the Cupping Room offers coffees sourced from around the world and seasonal menus that serve fresh eats until 2.30pm each day.

a: 1/1-13 University Avenue, Canberra

p: (02) 6257 6412


Mocan and Green Grout

Mocan and Green Grout are a multi-talented bunch of people. For a start: the place is half coffee-shop, half bike-maker (handy if you get a flat on your morning coffee run).

It opens early with lovingly prepared coffee and standard breakfast fare. The ingredients are local, seasonal, and sustainable.

a: 1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, Newacton South

p: (02) 6162 2909



So… It’s not exactly in Canberra city, but its definitely worth the 15 minute drive out there. Podfood is housed in a refurbished 1930s cottage set amongst the Pialligo nursery.

The menu is described as "modern Australian" but changes to suit the seasons. It's popular. If you're planning on going there for Mother's Day, book ASAP! The restaurant is offering special degustation menus for breakfast (yes!) and lunch (double yes!).

a: 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo

p: (02) 6257 3388


Lonsdale Street Roasters

As the name suggests: Lonsdale Street Roasters are first and foremost, a coffee roasterie. That’s great news for the slavishly caffeine addicted among us (guilty). It also does great breakfasts. The best bit?

When you have finished you can grab a bag of that excellent roast to take home with you.

a: 3/7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

p: (02) 6156 0975


Cafe Essen

Cafe Essen is a well-loved regular in the inner city, known for its friendly faces, good prices, and high standards in food and service.

Perfect if you don’t want any fuss, just a laid-back place to chat and drink coffee with Mum.

a: Shop 5, 6 Garema Place

p: (02) 6248 9300

Top 4 restaurants for Mother’s Day lunch in Canberra


Pialligo Estate

Sitting along 800 metres of riverfront just outside Canberra CBD, Pialligo Estate is a vineyard and olive grove with an on-site restaurant and smoke house.

This year's event takes her through three courses of heavenly dishes in the charming Glasshouse restaurant. It's a share menu and one that comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling or beer, because mum likes variety, too.

a: 18 Killaroo Road, Pialligo

p: (02) 6247 6060


Water's Edge

For the mum who deserves something extra special this Mother's Day, treat her to a European-inspired lunch at the lake's edge. Some of the savoury options include quail three ways and pumpkin risotto spheres.

a: 40 Parkes Place West, Parkes

p: (02) 6273 5066



A. Baker

From cheese and meat boards to a range of share plates and grazing dishes, A. Baker's menu is ideal for a joint meal any time of the day. It's got an industrial-chic vibe, serves local produce and wines and bakes fresh artisan breads.

a: Unit 2 New Acton Pavillion, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra

p: (02) 6287 6150


Marble and Grain

Stylish and sumptious, as the name suggests steaks is the name of the game at Marble and Grain. It draws its influence from European steakhouses with its rich woods, stylish booths and gastro-pub air.

Take mum for a hearty meal on the town and finish it off with an artistically plated dessert. Mother's Day menus start from $90 and include a 3-course delight plus drink on arrival but if your wallet is looking a little slim, Marble and Grain offers $15 lunches daily between midday and 2pm. She never has to know.

a: 25 Mort Street, Canberra

p: (02) 6246 9555

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