22 February 2024

5 Top Mother Day treats in Edinburgh

Brewhemia Afternoon Tea

Mum, Gran, Sister – whoever the leading lady is in your life, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to treat her.

From spa treatments and afternoon tea to top cocktail bars, our blog has lots of suggestions to spoil her (and earn you a few brownie points!)

Pamper her with a spa treatment

The Balmoral Spa Pool
Waldorf Astoria Spa Treatment Room

Switch off and let the everyday stresses melt away….

Whether she loves a manicure, full body massage or a dip in a whirl pool, there are a range of spa treatments and packages available throughout the city. This Mother’s Day rejuvenate her mind and body with this indulgent treat and make her feel like a million dollars.

Explore more in our guide to Edinburgh’s top spas.

Treat her to a traditional afternoon tea  

Afternoon Tea at Brewhemia
A close-up of sweet treats on a cake stand from Fingal's Afternoon Tea. ,© Brendan MacNeil
Colonnades, Afternoon Tea

The quintessential pastime of Afternoon Tea is a pleasure at any time of the year.

While away the afternoon as you tuck into delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones with cream and jam and a sumptuous selection of cakes and pastries. 

Tantalise your tastebuds with our guide to the top spots to enjoy afternoon tea in Edinburgh.

Hit the shops for some retail therapy

Edinburgh Natural Skincare Company Exterior
The interior of the Scottish Textiles Showcase shop on St Mary's Street,© Scottish Textiles Showcase
Napiers soap display,© Napiers

Clothing, jewellery, homewares – when it comes to unique finds, Edinburgh’s shops are packed to bursting, so why not treat your mum (and maybe yourself) to a bit of retail therapy.

Lose yourself in the independent boutiques of the West End, enjoy a bit of luxury from the fabulous stores in St James Quarter or get something a little quirky in the Grassmarket.

Luxury brand or quirky and unique – get your shopping fix with our guide to shopping in Edinburgh.

Amaze her with art

Textile Dresses on displayat the Andy Warhol Exhibition at Dovecot Studios
Lovely city and landscape scenes,© Graystone Gallery 2023
Image with abstract painting hung on white wall beside step ladders with pink glasses

From small intimate galleries featuring the work of up-and-coming artists, to grand buildings where the walls are decorated with world-famous paintings, the choice of galleries in the city is fantastic.

Feed her creative side this Mother’s Day with a trip to the City Art Centre and enjoy a range of painting, photography and contemporary art and craft from the 17th  century to the present day, or step through the doors of the National Galleries of Scotland: National and discover masterpieces from Raphael, Velázquez and Vermeer to Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh. A landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design, Dovecot Studios is where you’ll find an exceptional collection of handwoven tapestries, as well as an exciting range of changing exhibitions.

If you’re planning on treating Mum to something new to hang on her walls, Coburg House Art Studios have a wide selection of artwork made by the resident artists. Graystone Gallery stocks beautiful, affordable artworks by local and Scottish artists, while Upright Gallery, Alpha Art Gallery and Gallery Ten all showcase an exciting selection of contemporary works. If Mum would love the artwork decorating her walls to have more of a modern street art theme, be sure to pay Gerald Gapinski Studio a visit.

Paintings, sculpture or arts and crafts, find a gallery to suit you in our guide to Edinburgh’s art galleries.

Enjoy a classic cocktail

Cannonball Cocktail
The Cocktail Mafia
Aviation Cocktail

Edinburgh is a haven for cocktail bars, where mixologists will memorise you with their concoctions and tickle your tastebuds until late in the evening.

A feast for both the eyes and the senses, slip into one of Edinburgh’s best cocktail bars and finish off Mother’s Day in style.

Read on for some of the finest bars that Edinburgh has to offer in our guide to Edinburgh’s top cocktail bars.

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