Mother's Day ideas: Brunch, gifts and things to do in LA

Need Mother’s Day ideas? Impress Mom with the best brunch in LA, thoughtful gifts and places to celebrate.

Sure, you appreciate your mom every day of the year, but you're going to need our guide to the best Mother's Day ideas to really show her how much you care. After all, she gave you the gift of life. If you're going to spoil her right, you'll need to start with the perfect gifts and the best brunch in LA. She'll rave about them, but she'll also tell you that spending quality time together is the ultimate gift. We've got you covered. Take Mom to the Getty or treat her to one of the best massages around or enjoy some of LA's hiking together. Prove to her that you know that she knows you've always been her favorite.

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Best hotel brunches in LA

Looking for hotels serving brunch? Los Angeles has no shortage of hotel dining options and we've picked our favorite places for mid-morning dining. While breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, we'll argue that brunch is the most favorite meal of the week. Boozy cocktails, fluffy pancakes, and eggs every which way, we would gladly rise early and start our day for this breakfast of champions. And when we're feeling extra fancy (and a little splurgy), we're headed to LA's hotels to sit down for the biggest spread of morning classics. Recommended: See more of the Best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles For families: Four Seasons Los Angeles Imagine the quintessential hotel brunch—buffet trays of roasted meats, eggs, pastries—now turn up the luxe to a ten and you’ve got Beverly Hills' ritzy hotel's ode to the morning meal. Fresh juice stations, along with sushi, dim sum and quesadillas round out AM offerings from around the globe. Customized Bloody Mary mixers add boozy punch for adults, while kids can raid the sweets station complete with a chocolate fountain. Don't miss (and reserve ahead) special occasions such as Halloween and Easter, when the hotel decks out its buffet tables with themed decorations and foods.  When: Sundays 10am-2pm Price: $69 per person, $37 for children under 12 For the cool kids: Palihotel The weekend destination for the hip crowd sits inside the boutique spot, Palihotel. For some pre or post shopping along Melrose Ave, the tattoo and

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Drink your breakfast this weekend with bottomless mimosas, bellinis, champagne and more at our top boozy brunch spots Angelenos may not have invented heavy drinking at 10am with a side of bacon and eggs, but we've certainly perfected it. Throw a stone in Los Angeles and you'll likely hit a breakfast spot offering bottomless Bloody Marys with your pancakes (whole wheat, of course). But where should you go for the best boozing and brunching? These 10 LA restaurants serve the ultimate bottomless boozy brunch, from a rooftop perch with all-you-can-eat-and-drink to a charming French bistro with endless champagne and mimosas. Shake off last night's hangover, find yourself a designated driver and restart the party with these weekend hotspots. RECOMMENDED: See more of the best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles The Churchill Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11:30am-4pmBottomless: MimosasBig enough so that it rarely feels overcrowded and cozy enough so that brunch feels like an event, The Churchill is an on-trend gastropub—house-made pickles! LAMILL coffee! Edison bulbs!—at the center of West Third Street. Opened by the people behind The Hudson, tables fill up on weekends with brunchers Instagramming their decadent brioche French toast and dueling over the last bite of short rib hash and eggs. Another plus: The $15 bottomless mimosas on hand make it a solid spot to continue the buzz from the night before. During cooler weather, seats near the crackling fireplace are ultra-desirable. Ove

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Best brunch restaurants for pancakes

We’re getting sweet with the best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles for pancakes—from Axe's giant, 9-grain to BLD's fluffy, blueberry ricotta. Here in style-conscious Los Angeles, we often get a bum rap for being overly carb-conscious, but that's not quite true. Come brunch time, you'll see that for every egg white omelet and seasonal fruit bowl on the table, there are also stacks and stacks of pancakes drowning in thick, melting pats of butter and savory maple syrup. From traditional buttermilk flapjacks to refined versions with ricotta and lemon, here are a handful of great pancakes around the city. Carbs be damned. Recommended: See more of the Best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles Beer Belly On Sundays, Koreatown craft-beer bar Beer Belly serves up a boozy bevy of brunch dishes to help you sop up that wicked morning hangover. Snickers pancakes ($7) are perfect for morning munchies: Bits of peanut-nougat-chocolate Snickers bar are embedded like gold nuggets in a huge, dinner-plate-sized pancake that’s worth every carb. Whatever risk it runs of being too sweet is balanced by the savory maple syrup served alongside. And to drink? Beer, natch. If it's on tap, the Firestone Velvet Merlin, an oatmeal stout, makes a particularly good pairing. Beer and pancakes: the breakfast of champions. Square One Dining On weekends, the sidewalk outside Hollywood’s Square One Dining is packed with neighborhood locals waiting for a table—and taking in the view of the very blue Scientol

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Best brunch restaurants for eggs

The best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles are serving eggs we crave. From French-style omelets to eggs with delicate, housemade pastrami—here's to a savory morning! After a long week, there's no better way to reward yourself (except, maybe, spending some time at one of these) than with a leisurely Sunday brunch. Los Angeles is jam-packed with restaurants to help you break the fast, and offering unique brunch options for—what else to start your morning—eggs. Ditch the usual Benedict and opt for the city's best selection of egg dishes. Recommended: See more of the Best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles Tavern Chef and owner Suzanne Goin is best known for her rustic rendition of California farm fresh cuisine with European influences. Her Brentwood restaurant is an upscale, more sophisticated dinner place that also serves weekend brunch with a proper roster of morning egg preparations. The morning cast-iron skillet of baked eggs involves a bed of semi-mashed white beans and two eggs that sit under a topping of shredded Parmesan and crisped, fried breadcrumbs and diced prosciutto. It's Suzanne Goin's flavorful version of tavern cooking. Sycamore Kitchen It’s hard to look past the irresistible pastries at Karen and Quinn Hatfield’s new bakery/café, but the casual daytime menu offers chef and ingredient-driven plates of refined New American fare. It’s also where, even during colder months, breakfast and lunch crowds clamor for outdoor tables on the lofty patio, noshing on

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Best brunch restaurants in LA for dim sum

Looking for the best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles for dim sum? Take a trip to the East for delicious dumplings, buns and pastries fried and steamed. LA’s dim sum restaurants have a cult following that spawn hour-long queues and heated battles on where to get the best yum-cha, aka morning tea + dim sum. Whether you’re hankering for juicy siu mai (open-topped dumpling) or flexing your char siu bao (barbecue pork bun) aficionado title, here's your guide to the best dim sum breakfast spots in LA. Recommended: See more of the Best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles Sea Harbour San Gabriel Valley’s unsurpassed dim sum master, Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant dishes out the freshest seafood the neighborhood has to offer. Piping hot trays of dumplings—executed by deft hands—fly out of the kitchen. Shrimp dumpling (har gow) is flavorful yet refined with a delicate, translucent shell and shrimp-filled rice noodle roll (chee cheong fun) comes dressed in a light dressing that doesn’t overpower the shellfish, while the pork, peanut and celery dumpling plays with textures in a refreshing bite. For the more adventurous palate, order bite-size, deep-fried durian pastry filled with a tangy and creamy center. Elite Restaurant Elite Restaurant takes a detour from the traditional dim sum carts with an upscale, full-course production while maintaining one of the most enthusiastic followings around. Though renowned for its egg-custard tart (dang ta)—a buttery, flaky crust filled with a r

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Best international brunch restaurants

Eggs Benedict and over-sized pancakes not exciting enough to get you out of bed early? Beat brunch boredom at some of LA's best global breakfast spots. In a city where the cuisine is as varied as the neighborhoods, choices are plenty. From crispy donuts dipped in condensed milk in Thai Town to lamb brain stew in the Valley—we bring you a world-tour of the morning plate at ten of the city’s tastiest international brunch restaurants. Recommended: See more of the Best brunch restaurants in Los Angeles Mexico Thailand Iran Taiwan Britain France Japan Ethiopia Italy Israel You might also like LA lounges and bars: Where to drink in Los Angeles From Irish bars and cocktail lounges to rooftop bars and beachside dives, your where-to-drink guide to LA lounges and bars. LA restaurant reviews Time Out dishes on the latest restaurants in Los Angeles trying to make their mark. Read our LA restaurant reviews to find out if they hit the spot. LA's best dishes: The old-school vs. new-school smackdown We compared LA's best dishes—like mac and cheese and BLTs—to their modern counterparts at restaurants like Cut and Sycamore Kitchen. See who won our best dishes challenge! See more in Food & Drink From crispy chilaquiles to twisty Thai crullers, here are the best brunch restaurants in LA to sate your appetite and your wanderlust.

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From skin potions and perfumes to face creams and haircare—shop around for the best beauty goods at 10 of our favorite beauty boutiques in Los Angeles. Los Angeles beauty beautiques shopping is no joke: Angelenos need to look beautiful at the beach, on the red carpet, out on auditions and out at the clubs. Whether you're looking for haircare, skin care, face creams or perfumes, Time Out has you covered with the best beauty boutiques in Los Angeles. Best beauty splurge: Barneys New York The potions at Barney’s may not come cheap, but this is LA—a city where no price is too high for HD-ready skin and shampoo-commercial hair. Those willing to drop serious cash will find the latest cult beauty brands from the world’s style capitals—from fragrances by Sweden’s Byredo to delicate face creams by Japan’s Tatcha. And for everyone else, there are plenty of staples under $20, by equally covetable makers such as Malin+Goetz, Davines and Koh Gen Do. There’s also ample opportunity to try before you buy, thanks to a treatment room in which brands demo their products on eager shoppers. Best hair care: Woodley and Bunny This NYC-born apothecary houses a salon alongside its vast retail offerings, so you know that its assortment of hair products is going to be top-notch. The store’s owners, sisters Erin and Misha Anderson, have amassed an impressive collection of hard-to-find hair brands, all of them road tested by Erin during her many high-profile editorial hairstyling gigs. We’re part

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