Our Moms give so much and ask for so little. Call once in a while, take her side when dad’s not too keen on redecorating a room, and always ask for seconds at the dinner table – at least those are the requirements for me as the #1 Daughter (although, I’m an only child so really it’s win/win for me). This mother’s day, make your mom a bit more special than she already is. If you’re looking for ideas that will make your mom feel happy and appreciated…and maybe make her say those five priceless words – “you were always my favourite”, here are my TOP5 gifts for Mother’s Day in Toronto.
Relax at Hammam Spa – As far as high-end spas in Toronto, this is one of the best ones. The minute you enter Hammam you forget you’re in Toronto’s busy King West. The spa offers a wide range of services including custom facials, relaxing massage, as well as a Turkish Hammam Bath Treatment not to be missed. The steam room is a haven of marble tiles and eucalyptus-sented mist that stays with you even after you leave. Massage services start at $55 where more involved package range from $280 and up. For full list a services and prices go to the website.
Coffee and Macarons at Nadege – If you decide to spend your mother-daughter/son day strolling through Trinity Bellwoods Park taking in the Queen West scene, you’re just a few steps from Nadege Patisserie. Nadège Nourian (part owner) is a fourth-generation pastry chef born in Lyon, France so it’s safe to say mom won’t be disappointed with all the wonderful treats. The macarons are airy at initial bite followed with a chewy filling and amazing flavour that ranges from peppermint/eucalyptus to strawberry cream. If macarons are not enough, try the chocolate croissant. Flaky without being too light, crumbly and not too buttery. All the flavours are well balanced. You can get your treats to go and enjoy the day in the park, or grab a table inside. The decor is quite modern – white and clean which make the wonderful colourful delights behind the counter the main focus.
High Tea at Windsor Arms – If you want your mom to feel like Queen for the day, make your way down to Yorkville and treat mom to Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Tea Room. Afternoon tea is served three times daily, with a menu of elegant loose leaf teas (of course) salmon caviar and cucumber sandwiches to nosh. The gorgeous French-style tea room with buttercream wallpaper, deep purple walls, velvet seating and original working fireplace will make you feel like Royalty transported to another place, another time. Afternoon tea starts at $35 per person. For more information and reservations go to the website.
Brunch at Le Select Bistro – This classic Parisian Bistro is one of Toronto’s best cooking up dinner favourites like entrecote steak frites and pied-de-cochon, but they also know a thing or two about brunch. The brunch menu is varied and has a little something for everyone, whether you like typical breakfast fare like french toast and omellettes, or more elegant french food like confit de canard and bison steak tartare. This Sunday Le Select is offering a Mother’s Day $35 prix fixe menu for the occasion and if the weather cooperates, this spot has one of the best patios in the area for mom to soak up the sun. The restaurant is located on Wellington, just south of King Street West, away from the city noise and it even offers free complimentary parking.
Say it with Flowers – The outdoor Toronto Flower Market, held on the second Saturday of every month from May through September at the art gallery and restaurant space at 99 Sudbury in Queen West, sells fresh-cut, potted and bedding flower varieties sourced directly from Ontario greenhouses. Treat your mom to a drink from the on-site café and stroll with her as she chooses her own bouquet. Horticulturalist or not, strolling through a colourful oasis of local blooms iced coffee in hand would make for an awfully nice afternoon. The market is open from 10:00am to 3:00pm.