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This Mother’s Day, show mom how much she means to you with these fun ideas from Minneapolis Northwest. Here are the best brunch places, gift ideas and activities to celebrate this special day with your favorite lady.

Best Places for Brunch

The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar

eggs benedict brunch

For a lovely brunch overlooking the beautiful greens of Edinburgh USA, make a reservation at The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar. On May 9, you can treat mom to brunch or dinner with the excellent specials offered. The brunch menu includes a frittata, eggs Benedict, and French toast, along with a complimentary mimosa. Add on a gooey cinnamon roll for good measure. For dinner, mom can choose from roasted salmon, parmesan risotto cake, or the New York strip steak. Dinner also comes with a complimentary glass of bubbly. Make a reservation!

Original Pancake House

Dutch breakfast

The word “mom” is synonymous with comfort, and there’s nothing more comforting than pancakes, especially those served at the family owned Original Pancake House. Try the Apple Pancake, a one-of-a-kind specialty with fresh Granny Smith apples and a cinnamon glaze. Another specialty is the Dutch Baby – an oven-baked German pancake with fresh lemons, whipped butter and powdered sugar. Go the extra mile with the Dutch Treat filled with strawberries and bananas and served with homemade strawberry syrup. Original Pancake House serves more than 20 kinds of pancakes, along with a variety of crepes, omelettes, Benedicts and Belgium waffles.

Pittsburgh Blue

Brunch at Pittsburgh Blue

Spoil your mom with a brunch date at Pittsburgh Blue and indulge in the crab cake or prime rib Benedict, steak and eggs, or the King Crab omelette. Add in a specialty brunch cocktail or two, like the Paloma, made with Sauza Hornitos Plata, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and San Pellegrino Pompelmo. The restaurant features a beautiful patio for refreshing outdoor dining, and it has an event room if you want to have a private Mother’s Day brunch with family and friends.

For more brunching inspiration, discover the Best Brunch Spots in Minneapolis Northwest

Best Places for Gifts


Trendy gifts from Goodthings

No matter what your mom’s passions are, GoodThings likely has the perfect gift. This local, family-owned retailer has trendy clothing, bags and jewelry that mom will love, along with whimsical décor, cards, kitchen accessories, gardening tools and games. You can pamper mom by gifting her a Lavender-scented bath bomb, bath salts and specialty soaps, or get her a gift card and go shopping together.

Love That Olive

Variety of products at Love That Olive

Love That Olive has the finest imported Italian extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars any cook will love. The store has a wide selection of gift baskets just right for your mom, from pasta dinner gift boxes to the more elaborate Tuscan dipping oil sets. 

Painted Turtle Chocolatier

Heart of chocolates

Show mom your appreciation with hand-painted chocolates at Painted Turtle Chocolatier. Choose either the Coffee or Tea Lover’s Gift Box or the Drinking Chocolate Box, which includes deliciously thick and smooth drinking chocolate (ground chocolate), and tasty treats like chocolate-covered marshmallows and chocolate-covered graham crackers. If you have something else in mind, discuss the available options with the chocolatiers to create a tasty and unique personalized gift.

Yoga Gift Certificate

Woman doing yoga

Whether mom likes restorative yoga, gentle yoga or hot yoga, give her a gift that keeps on giving with a gift certificate from CorePower Yoga or Heat Yoga Studio in Maple Grove. Better yet, offer to go with her for a great bonding experience. Classes are available for beginners, intermediates and hardcore yogis.

Spa Certificate

Moms are some of the busiest people in the world, and what better way to help them de-stress than a certificate to a salon and spa? Get mom a nail package at Taj Salon & Spa or Nail Montage; hair styling at Willow Salon; or a massage/facial deal at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Purchase a gift card at Woodhouse Day Spa for $200+ and receive a free candle! Minneapolis Northwest is filled with spa options for you to find the best relaxation treat for your mom. Check out our spa listings for all the options.    

Best Things to Do With Mom

Have a Picnic

family laughing while enjoying a picnic

As spring continues to blossom, grab a blanket, pack a basket and treat your mom to a picnic under the trees at Elm Creek Park Reserve. At 4,900 acres, Elm Creek is the largest park in Three Rivers Park District, so you’re guaranteed to find a sunny patch of grass to picnic on. Marvel at the budding scenery, blooming flowers, and mischievous wildlife around you. The park also features Eastman Nature Center, an educational center that provides classes, demonstrations and observation areas. 

BONUS: 3 Squares Restaurant is offering Mother's Day Picnic Family Meals! Surprise and delight your mom with a springtime feast that includes bruschetta, a spring salad, couscous salad, potato salad, over-roasted chicken, quiche, scones and a berry tart dessert. 

Paint with Mom

Color Me Mine

For a fun activity you can do together, experience Color Me Mine! The art studio is open on Mother's Day; choose a time slot and a table package for a two-hour reservation. They have all the supplies you need to create a unique masterpiece such as a plate, mug, or bowl. You and your mom can each paint an object of your choosing, or you can try painting something together that mom can keep and treasure forever. 

Tea Time

variety of treats from Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House

Treat your mom like the queen she is with fancy afternoon tea at Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House. This charming restaurant, housed in the historic Woodbury House in Anoka on the Rum River, offers a special four-course tea including a salad course, scone course, savory course, and dessert course - all with unlimited tea! Reservations are required for Mother's Day weekend. 

We would love to see how you and your family celebrate Mother’s Day! Share your stories and photos on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WeLoveMNW!