14 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day in Shanghai This Weekend

By Ellie Dunnigan, May 11, 2019

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Year after year, Mother's Day has a funny way of sneaking up on us when we least expect it, doesn't it? If you're still getting plans together for the perfect celebration, there's absolutely no need to worry. Shanghai is practically bursting with fun things to do on Mother's Day, from yoga brunches to beer flights to flower-themed spa treatments and more. There's something for every mom in this city, and we've got a little bit of everything listed below. 

(Pssst: don't forget to buy flowers!)

1. International Buffet Brunch at BLU

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At just RMB228 per adult, the Mother's Day Brunch at BLU is an absolute steal. Amara Signature Shanghai's all-day dining room is known for its international cuisine, and it's putting together a sweeping buffet for Mom's special day. Featuring organic veggies and fresh seafood, Parma ham and Wagyu beef, Cantonese dim sum and Japanese sushi, the whole family will find something to smile about, especially Mom. In addition to complimentary sparkling wine and access to a fabulous dessert station, all moms receive a special flower as a sign of appreciation and gratitude. Scan the QR code below to purchase tickets.


May 12, 12-2.30pm. BLU at Amara Signature Shanghai, buy tickets.

2. Mother's Day Trifecta at The Sukhothai Shanghai

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Begin your Mother's Day festivities at The Sukhothai's URBAN Café, serving a Southeast Asian semi-buffet lunch menu. In addition to an extensive selection of cold cuts and cheeses, salads, fresh juices and desserts, guests can select one main course from the menu. Dishes range from green curry chicken with Thai aubergine and jasmine rice to flank steak with tamarind sauce.

May 12, 12pm. URBAN Café, see event listing

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To appreciate and celebrate such an important family figure, The Sukhothai's soothing Retreat Spa is offering a special carnation-themed therapy package to pamper the moms of Shanghai. When you book a 90-minute Thai herbal compress treatment, The Retreat will add on a body wrap for free. It's a Mother's Day gift that just keeps giving. And for extra-busy moms with no time this Sunday, this special deal runs through Sunday, May 19.

May 9 - May 19Normal spa hours. The Retreat, see event listing

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After a long day of dining and unwinding, treat mom to one last special moment at La Scala, The Sukhothai's in-house, upscale Italian restaurant. This Mother’s Day, La Scala has prepared a carefully-curated degustation menu, featuring eggplant mille-feuille and other exciting twists on Italian favorites. What better way to end a perfect Mother's Day?

May 12, 6pm. La Scala, see event listing.

3. Professional Family Photos at Westin's Sunday Brunch

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Westin's Sunday Brunch is well-known around The Bund for its talented acrobats and 14-piece orchestra, an impressive backdrop for a yummy spread of brunctime favorites. On Mother's Day, expect an extra-exciting show, lucky draws and full staffing at the Kids' Corner. So that you'll never forget this special day, professional photographers will be on standy-by to capture a beautiful (and free!) portrait of the entire family together. Seats are RMB578 per adult and RMB368 for children between 4 and 12 years old. And for RMB695 per adult, you can enjoy free-flowing Veuve Clicquot in addition to the standard brunch. Yum!

May 12. The Stage and Prego at the Westin Bund Center Shanghai, see event listing.

4. Half-Price Hot Pot at Qimin Hotpot Marketplace


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Whether you've never tried hot pot before or have long-since declared it a family favorite, there are few meals more fun and memorable. A welcome change of pace, Qimin Hotpot Martketplace is offering half-price deals on live seafood, like their super-fresh prawns. The whole family can eat like royality, especially Mom the Queen.

May 10 through May 12. Qimin Organic Hotpot Marketplace (Réel Mall location), see event listing.

5. Yoga Brunch at Fairmont Peace Hotel

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This year, Panther and Fairmont Peace Hotel are partnering up to host a totally unique Mother's Day celebration: Yoga Brunch, which is exactly what it sounds like. Bond with Mom during group yoga class, and enjoy a delicious brunch together afterwards in the Peace Hotel's Cathay Room overlooking The Bund. Feed your soul and your belly at this special one-off event.

May 12, 11am. Fairmont Peace Hotel, see event listing.

6. Coffee and Donuts from Ocean Grounds

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Keep it sweet and simple this Mother's Day at Ocean Grounds Coffee Roastings in Raffles City (Changning). With the purchase of a coffee or another menu item, Ocean Grounds will treat Mom to free, fresh cinnamon-sugar donuts, made to order just for her. Limit three donuts per mom while supplies last.

May 11 and 12, from 11am. Ocean Grounds, see event listing

7. Sir Elly's Brunch at The Peninsula Shanghai

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Just for Mother's Day, The Peninsula Shanghai has curated an indulgent four-course brunch, designed to celebrate moms for all they do. Kids can enjoy their own children's buffet become joining in their own fun and games, while the adults sit down to Beef Wellington, John Dory, mille-feuille and other delectables. The four-course brunch is priced at RMB588 per person, with additional pricing options for free-flow bubbly. All prices are subject to a 16.6% surcharge.

May 11 and 12. Sir Elly's at the Peninsula, see event listing.

8. Celebratory Beer Flights at Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing has its tartest sours, creamiest stouts and most refreshing IPAs ready for Mother's Day, when it'll be offering RMB138 beer flights in honor of the holiday. Whether Mom's a beer connoisseur or just getting into the craft-brew culture, this is a great opportunity to try something new. And everyone can join in on the fun, as this special discount isn't just limited to moms. 

May 12, from 11.30am. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing

9. Another Picturesque Brunch at Mr & Mrs Bund

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Join Mr & Mrs Bund for brunch on Mother's Day and enjoy complimentary professional family photos courtesy of Barefoot Portraits. Expect classic brunch fare, all given the Paul Pairet treatment, and the always-stunning view of The Bund.

May 11 and 12, 11.30am-2.30pm. Mr & Mrs Bund, see event listing.

10. A Nordic Brunch at The Nest

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Brunch, but make it a little different. The Nest is a stylish gatstro-lounge known for its loyalty to Grey Goose Vodka and Scandanavian dishes. For Mother's Day, we hear they're bringing in live music and lots of flowers, brightening up the iconically cool space for the holiday. RMB198 per person.

May 12, from 11.30am. The Nest, see event listing.

11. Mother's Day Festivities at The Grand Hyatt

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The Grand Hyatt Shanghai has planned four special events to help you celebrate Mother's Day this year. Both its Grand Café and Cucina on 56 will be hosting a grand bruch with live seafood and a themed dessert station featuring seasonal fruit like mango and coconut. Canton and Club Jin Mao are preparing a special Mother's Day dessert, "Milk Pudding with Bird Nest," for only RMB58 (original price RMB138). And The Pastry Boutique will be baking a Mother’s Day cake, to be presented by the hotel’s five-star chef, while afternoon tea awaits on the hotel's Patio.

May 12, see individual listings for hours. Grand CaféCucina on 56, Club Jin MaoCanton and Patio.

12. Lucky Draw Brunch at PHÉNIX

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Mother's Day is the perfect time to delight in PHÉNIX's brunch offerings. After enjoying an impressive selection of fresh seafood and appetizers, choose between two main courses, and finish the meal with a homemade dessert. The price is set at RMB468 per person, or RMB718 if you're in the mood for free-flow champage. And as if brunch with family weren't already sweet enough, exciting lucky draw prizes are to be distributed throughout the day.

May 12, from 11.30am. PHÉNIX eatery & bar, see event listing.

13. An Extra-Special Sunday Buffet at The Four Seasons

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Why not spend Mother's Day at The Four Seasons Shanghai? For just RMB348 per person, enjoy their lunch buffet in the Café Studio which features themed desserts and welcome drinks. Buy your tickets from the Four Seasons WeChat page and get tickets to Terrace Yoga, too. Beyond brunch, they are also offering all-you-can-eat dim sum for RMB198 per seat, including desserts. And at Qin The Spa, take advantage of their impressive 50% off sale on all massages 90 minutes and above for two people.

May 12, noon. The Four Seasons Shanghai, see event listing.

14. A Luxurious Stay at Capella Shanghai

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For all the times Mom's made you breakfast in bed, don't you think its finally her turn to be doted on? Wake her up with a chef-prepared spread when you stay in Capella's Shikumen Villa, starting at RMB2,900 per night. She'll think she's dreaming!

Image courtesy of La Terrace at Capella Shanghai

Tea time is always a classic options, and it's sure to make Mom smile on her special day. Enjoy Afternoon Tea together at La Terrace (RMB600+ for two), where you two can catch up in a peaceful, sun-soaked setting. Note: reservations need to be made at least 24 hours in advance at 5466 9928. 

Image courtesy of Auriga Spa at Capella Shanghai

We know there's no better place to relax than at the spa, and Capella's Auriga Spa promises to make it worth the trip. For every purchase of 90-minute facial or body treatment, enjoy another 30-minute treatment on the house. Now that's the kind of treatment Mom deserves.

May 12. Capella Shanghai5466 6668 for further details and reservations.

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