6 Top Mother Day Treats in Edinburgh

27 February 2023

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 theatre shows, our blog has lots of suggestions to spoil her (and earn you a few brownie points!)

Pamper her with a spa treatment

Pure Spa Newhaven

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  

Brewhemia 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 & jam and a sumptuous selection of cakes & pastries. 

Tantalise your tastebuds with our guide to the top spots to enjoy Afternoon Tea in Edinburgh

Hit the shops for some retail therapy

Shopper St James Quarter Interior

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 Stockbridge, enjoy a bit of luxury from the fabulous stores in St James Quarter or get something a little quirky in the Grassmarket.

Get your shopping fix with our guide to Shopping in Edinburgh >

Amaze her with art

City Art Centre Market Street

Whether it's 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 Edinburgh 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 & craft from the 17th century to the present day, or step through the doors of the Scottish National Gallery and discover masterpieces from Raphael, Velázquez, Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh. A landmark centre for contemporary art, craft & design, Dovecot Studios is where you’ll find an exceptional collection of handwoven tapestries, as well as an exciting range of changing exhibitions.

Paintings, sculpture or arts & crafts, find a gallery to suit you in our guide to Edinburgh's Art Galleries >

Did you know – many of Edinburgh’s galleries are free to visit. Find out more about the city’s top Free Attractions you can experience without spending a penny!

Have a night at the theatre

Playhouse General View

From laugh-out-loud comedy to thought-provoking drama, Edinburgh’s legendary theatres continue to bring an array of top class performances to the city each month. In March audiences are in for a treat with a host of shows to choose from. Why not surprise Mum with tickets to one of these sensational shows and she’ll soon be singing your praises!

Just in time for Mothers’ Day, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is a feel-good rock & roll musical featuring catchy favourites such as That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy and La Bamba. If she’s got a passion for ballet, why not treat her with tickets to see the gorgeous Swan Lake performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet. Catch both at Festival Theatre Edinburgh.  Get her toes tapping with the legendary musical The Rocky Horror Show as it celebrates its 50th anniversary or join in the in the high-jinks of high-spirited orphan Annie, which takes to the stage of Edinburgh Playhouse.

Enjoy a classic cocktail

The Cocktail Mafia Drinks

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 Top Cocktail Bars and finish off Mother's Day in style.


To Mum’s everywhere, Happy Mother’s Day!