5 Out Of The Box Date Ideas In San Francisco
Making a date night memorable for your significant other doesn’t need to break the bank nor be uncomfortably over-the-top. Especially when you live in a vibrant, exciting city like San Francisco. And if you don’t, that’s not a problem. Turn your day of romance into a weekend of luxury with a stay at Japantown’s Hotel Kabuki, which is conveniently located to a number of San Francisco’s best areas to explore. Peace and relaxation with your loved one await in their open-air Meditation Garden or one of their Asian-influenced, expertly curated rooms.
Whether you’re looking for outdoorsy activities, indulgent food, great cocktails or other ways to get to know one another better, the City By The Bay has countless activities, restaurants and scenic areas to plan the best date ever.
Mission Rock Resort + Stagecoach Greens + Spark Social Beer Week
Start your date off with a meal at the waterfront restaurant, Mission Rock Resort. Located on the shore of Mission Bay, this two-story restaurant offers incredible seafood, libations and a relaxed, outdoor setting with views of the sparkling bay. Enjoy popular dishes like the cioppino, fish tacos and impressive shellfish towers. Once you’re satisfied, take an easy walk along the water to Stagecoach Greens, the city’s only outdoor mini golf course. Each of the course’s 18 holes is San Francisco themed, so expect impressive holes that take you through the city’s rich history. Once the competitiveness dies out, check out the food trucks and The Watering Hole for drinks, courtesy of SPARK Social SF and SoMa StrEatFood Park. Valentine’s Day is during Spark Social Beer Week, so quench your thirst with craft brews and fun.
Ferry Building Food Crawl + Exploratorium
The Ferry Building is home to an impressive array of boutiques selling handcrafted, artisanal goods; culinary delights that include cheeses, freshly baked breads, and specialities like empanadas, dim sum and more; and upscale eateries. The bay views and idyllic location along the iconic Embarcadero doesn’t hurt either. After you and your special person enjoy strolling through the Ferry Building (be sure to get some ice cream cones from Humphry Slocombe before you head out!), take a short walk down the waterfront to the Exploratorium. This hands-on museum is all about science, technology and fun. It’s great for all ages and particularly those who have an acute curiosity and a love of learning.
Devil’s Teeth Bakery + Land End’s Hike
For one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city, stop by Devil’s Teeth Bakery. Known for their The Special Breakfast Sandwich with two eggs scrambled, with pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon; their famous lemon-garlic aioli on our homemade buttermilk biscuit, it’s the perfect thing to get you ready for a day of romance. Once you’re full, take your coffees to-go and head over to Land’s End for a spectacular hike within the 7X7 city limits. Located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it’s a beautiful, rugged trail with surprising views at every turn. Rocky cliffs; windswept cypress and eucalyptus trees; and spectacular views of the shore, headlands, and Golden Gate await visitors.
Picnic at Dolores Park + Mission District Murals & Cocktail Crawl
For this date, make a stop at Bi-Rite first and grab everything you need for the best picnic ever. We’re talking charcuterie, berries, cheeses, a nice baguette, chocolates and whatever else floats your boat. And don’t forget the bubbly or wine, depending on what you’re S.O. likes. Take your picnic goodies and head over to the nearby Dolores Park for a lovely picnic overlooking views of the city. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket and jackets, as it can get chilly.
Once you’re fed and relaxed, take a stroll through the eclectic Mission District which is home to a unique selection of vibrant murals with themes that range from cultural heritage, politics and more. Keep your eyes open as walls and fences are adorned with works of art that’ll have you delighted. Make stops at Balmy Alley at Between 24th and 25th streets, and Treat and Harrison streets; Clarion Alley at Between 17th and 18th streets, and Mission and Valencia streets; and The Women’s Building MaestraPeace Mural at 3543 18th St. The Mission is also home to some of the best cocktail bars as well! Some of our favorites include Curio, ABV, El Techo, Hawkerfare and The Beehive.
Twilight Walk at Lovers Lane + Spruce
For an evening date, take a twilight walk through the famous Lovers Lane in the Presidio. As this oldest footpath through the Presidio, Lovers’ Lane was established in the 18th century. Today, this picturesque path is home to the iconic Wood Line, an art installation by Andy Goldsworthy located in the eucalyptus forest. This sculpture is made up of tree trunks laid end-to-end to create a zigzagging installation, perfect for romantic walks. Once your walk is over, head over to Michelin starred restaurant, Spruce SF which offers incredible California-inspired cuisine that highlights the freshest and finest ingredients available. Impeccable service, unbelievable food and a luxurious setting will make this an ideal place to enjoy Valentine’s Day dinner.
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