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The Grand Cafe in Union Square. [Photo: Hotel Monaco]

Mother's Day is this Sunday, and it's the perfect time to show Mom how much you care with a little shopping trip and maybe some lunch or brunch. (OK, if you're a straight guy, you can probably skip the shopping part.) We teamed up with our counterpart over at Racked SF, Kristen Philipkoski, to identify some great store-and-restaurant pairings that are sure to make any kind of mom (from new mothers to grandmas) happy on her big day.

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Elizabeth Charles

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You and mom can get your fancy on with pieces from Carven, Chloe, Jen Kao, Balmain, Rick Owens, Risto and many more. And they've curated a Mother's Day gift guide so you'll be ready to go.

This hip Indian spot is offbeat but still approachable for non-foodie moms; they're offering complimentary mimosas for moms and a special Kerala-inspired three-course menu on the big day.

mira mira

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Cool moms and moms who love beautiful, comfy clothes will love shopping at this friendly-to-the-max boutique.

Garçon!

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Balance out the Mission funk with a traditional French brunch at this cheerful spot across the street, including a gratis kir royale for Mom.

Fillmore and Fifth

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This high-end consignment shop is an offshoot of Crossroads Trading Co., but it has a distinctly different feel, with offerings from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Acne, Vera Wang, and Chloe. And if you want to get a head start, they're throwing a first anniversary party TONIGHT!

Rose's Café

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Score a sunny sidewalk table and nosh on your choice of more traditional American breakfast items or Italian-inspired pastas and pizzas.

Wasteland

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If you're mom was a bit of a hippie back in the day, she'll love a trip down memory lane, A.K.A. Haight Street, to shop this expertly-curated vintage haven.

It's a bit of a stroll (but a downhill one!) and any mom who loves the funky vintage aesthetic will dig a Death in the Afternoon cocktail with absinthe sorbet.

Torso Vintages

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Tucked among the luxury shopping of Union Square is this treasure trove of high-quality vintage. You'll work up a major appetite perusing the offerings from the past 60+ decades.

Grand Cafe

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If your mom likes the traditional buffet vibe, this lavish French spot does it right, with seafood, an omelet station, pastries, and all the other accoutrements.

La Boutique

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If mom loves a peaceful, sophisticated, Swiss/French-inspired shopping experience, she'll love La Boutique. Don't miss the vintage upstairs pop-up shop.

Quince (or Cotogna next door)

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Splurge or save, the choice is yours: the $95 brunch at four-star Quince is a special treat (they're usually not open in daylight hours), while its casual sister spot shares its tasty pastas at down-to-earth prices (including a $25 prix fixe).

Seedstore

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For the casual, stylish mom, Seedstore sells beautiful, indie and locally made clothing and accessories. They have men's too, so you can get a jump on Father's Day shopping as well.

Hong Kong Lounge

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Yeah, you might have to wait in line, but there's nowhere more family-friendly than this bustling dim sum spot (just ask the hundreds of Chinese families who pack it each week).

Barneys New York

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If you and your mom have vastly different styles, this is certainly the place that will please you both.

Cupola Pizzeria

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If you've got siblings or even Dad in tow, the $30 Feast of All Feasts meal here is a famous steal that will please every palate and belly (generic mall setting be damned).

Elizabeth Charles

You and mom can get your fancy on with pieces from Carven, Chloe, Jen Kao, Balmain, Rick Owens, Risto and many more. And they've curated a Mother's Day gift guide so you'll be ready to go.

Dosa

This hip Indian spot is offbeat but still approachable for non-foodie moms; they're offering complimentary mimosas for moms and a special Kerala-inspired three-course menu on the big day.

mira mira

Cool moms and moms who love beautiful, comfy clothes will love shopping at this friendly-to-the-max boutique.

Garçon!

Balance out the Mission funk with a traditional French brunch at this cheerful spot across the street, including a gratis kir royale for Mom.

Fillmore and Fifth

This high-end consignment shop is an offshoot of Crossroads Trading Co., but it has a distinctly different feel, with offerings from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Acne, Vera Wang, and Chloe. And if you want to get a head start, they're throwing a first anniversary party TONIGHT!

Rose's Café

Score a sunny sidewalk table and nosh on your choice of more traditional American breakfast items or Italian-inspired pastas and pizzas.

Wasteland

If you're mom was a bit of a hippie back in the day, she'll love a trip down memory lane, A.K.A. Haight Street, to shop this expertly-curated vintage haven.

Maven

It's a bit of a stroll (but a downhill one!) and any mom who loves the funky vintage aesthetic will dig a Death in the Afternoon cocktail with absinthe sorbet.

Torso Vintages

Tucked among the luxury shopping of Union Square is this treasure trove of high-quality vintage. You'll work up a major appetite perusing the offerings from the past 60+ decades.

Grand Cafe

If your mom likes the traditional buffet vibe, this lavish French spot does it right, with seafood, an omelet station, pastries, and all the other accoutrements.

La Boutique

If mom loves a peaceful, sophisticated, Swiss/French-inspired shopping experience, she'll love La Boutique. Don't miss the vintage upstairs pop-up shop.

Quince (or Cotogna next door)

Splurge or save, the choice is yours: the $95 brunch at four-star Quince is a special treat (they're usually not open in daylight hours), while its casual sister spot shares its tasty pastas at down-to-earth prices (including a $25 prix fixe).

Seedstore

For the casual, stylish mom, Seedstore sells beautiful, indie and locally made clothing and accessories. They have men's too, so you can get a jump on Father's Day shopping as well.

Hong Kong Lounge

Yeah, you might have to wait in line, but there's nowhere more family-friendly than this bustling dim sum spot (just ask the hundreds of Chinese families who pack it each week).

Barneys New York

If you and your mom have vastly different styles, this is certainly the place that will please you both.

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Cupola Pizzeria

If you've got siblings or even Dad in tow, the $30 Feast of All Feasts meal here is a famous steal that will please every palate and belly (generic mall setting be damned).

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