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Top San Francisco Date Nights

Planning a romantic getaway in San Francisco? There is so much to do and see in this wonderful city that would be perfect for date night. From inexpensive food trucks and swanky penthouse lounges to walks in the garden, we have narrowed down the top romantic activities in the city that are sure to make your trip memorable.

  1. San Francisco Botanical Gardens - Spend the day walking hand in hand through the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Enjoy this uncrowded green space, nestled in the middle of the city for a day of peace and quiet. If you are visiting during the months of January through March, be sure to stop and see the magnolia trees in full bloom. They are the most vibrant this time of year, with peak time during the month of February.
  2. Soma Street Food Park - Dine al-fresco at the Soma Street Food Park. Taste food from 10+ rotating food trucks, sample local beers, roast marshmallows at the fire pits, all while sitting back and enjoying the outdoor atmosphere or even watching a movie on one of their large TVs. Guarantee yourself and your plus one a seat by making reservations ahead of time.
  3. Farmer’s Market - Sample local flavors from the Bay Area’s tastiest vendors. Offering fruit, cheese, bread, nuts, ice cream, and so much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Saturdays are the best days to come and explore this culinary paradise, with the best-known chefs and local farmers coming out for the day.
  4. Movie under the Stars - Head out for an evening amongst the stars, while watching your favorite movie at one of three different locations, Union Square, Dolores Park, and Washington Square Park. Check filmnightsf.org for the full schedule, running June through September.
  5. Lands End Hike - Hike out to the city’s edge and catch sweeping views of the coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Lands End trail is a 3.5-mile loop that includes stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, shipwrecks, and access to the ruins of Sutro Baths.  
  6. Boat Ride on Stow Lake - Surprise your loved one with a boat ride on Stow Lake. Complete with a waterfall, dreamy city views, quaint wooden bridges, and what may seem like perfectly placed ducks, this is the ultimate romantic spot to take your date.
  7. Music at Monroe - Join Classical Revolution every Wednesday evening for one of their classical music series at the Monroe San Francisco, an upscale lounge with a modern vibe. Listen to the stylings of Mozart, Back, and Beethoven while enjoying an understated cocktail or beer.This is the perfect weeknight date without all the fuss!
  8. Bonfire on Ocean Beach - While the water at Ocean Beach is not the most inviting with its cold temperatures, cuddling up next to a bonfire on the beach is. So, grab a blanket and your favorite person and watch the sunset over the Pacific while warming yourself by the fire. And if you feel so inclined head up to The Riptide bar for a beer or cocktail afterwards. Check here for the most up to date information regarding regulations on having a fire at Ocean Beach.
  9. Dinner & a Movie at Foreign Cinema - This isn’t your typical “dinner and a movie” date night. Spend an evening at Foreign Cinema and enjoy seasonal California dishes paired with a glass of wine from their 2,000-bottle wine list. With its rustic and elegant feel inside, the restaurant’s highlight is its outdoor patio, complete with sparkling lights that create a romantic ambiance. Every night a movie is projected on a large screen for your viewing pleasure as you enjoy your meal. It is simply the best way to enjoy a dinner and a movie.
  10. Cocktails at Top of the Mark - Impress your loved one by taking them to Top of the Mark, a popular hotel bar and restaurant that offers stunning 360-degree city views. Located on the 19th floor of the majestic Mark Hopkins Hotel, this bar offers over 100 different martinis, plus tapas and small bites. Complete with live music and an intimate dance floor, this is the spot to sweep your date off their feet.

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