It’s easy to fall in love with San Francisco, but falling in love in San Francisco is a different story. How do you narrow down the date destinations when you have countless restaurants, dozens of museums and one-of-a-kind attractions in every neighborhood? Okay, we’re bragging a bit. But we’re also here to help.
When it’s too cold to explore Golden Gate Park or too rainy to picnic in Alamo Square Park, there are still plenty of indoor options for you and yours. We rounded up the top ten date destinations and ideas in and around the city where you’re sure to have an amazing date.
Dine on the city’s best oysters
Here on the west coast, we know oysters. In fact, the Bay Area is home to some of the country’s best and most noteworthy farms, including San Francisco favorite Hog Island Oyster Co. To learn more about this local farm and restaurant (and 11 other local spots!), check out Where to Get the Best Oysters in San Francisco.
If it’s winter (otherwise known as Dungeness crab season and our favorite time of year), check out Where to Eat Whole Dungeness Crab in the Bay Area.
Urban Putt is San Francisco’s first and only indoor miniature golf course. The Mission District facility offers a fantastical and high-tech 14-hole mini-golf course, as well as a full-service restaurant and bar that offers a menu of upscale foods crafted using organic and locally-sourced ingredients.
Dance to live music
Our city is famous for jazz, our region served as the Grateful Dead headquarters, and history has led the San Francisco Bay Area to become one of the best places for live music in the country. So when it’s too cold to be outside, head inside one of The Bay Area’s 7 Most Iconic Music Venues. Or, for a more jazzy experience, check out The 15 Best Places to Hear Live Jazz in San Francisco.
Enjoy a dinner date
If you and your date are on the hunt for food, San Francisco is a good place to be. To help you find the most romantic spots in the city, we rounded up 15 Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco which separates the first dates, the casual dates and the special occasions.
To add a water view to your romantic night out, check out The 11 Most Romantic Restaurants Along The Embarcadero.
Clay by the Bay Pottery Studios is a hands-on studio and educational facility where you can take one-time classes or embark on six and twelve-week intensive sessions. If you want to dabble in clay arts, the one-time class will allow you to make a cup and a bowl, and you’ll get to test out the potters’ wheel! Two or three weeks later, you can relive the class together when you come back to pick up your creation.
Amy Snyder© Exploratorium, www.exploratorium.edu
The Exploratorium was opened in 1969 by artists, educators, developers and one man with a passion for education. Today, the museum is located on Pier 15 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero and still serves to bridge the gap between formal and informal education through immersive experiences, hands-on investigation and fascinating exhibits.
If you schedule your date on a Thursday evening, you and your date can experience After Dark at The Exploratorium. This weekly event is reserved for guests 18 years and older and adds guest speakers, great music, specialty films, drinks and snacks to all the museum’s 650+ interactive exhibits.
Legion of Honor – Konstantin Makovsky’s “The Russian Bride’s Attire”. Image Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Referred to as San Francisco’s most beautiful museum, the Legion of Honor displays 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Designed in Beaux-arts style, the building was built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I and is a work of art on its own. Explore the grounds and the exhibits for an eye-opening and inspiring day inside.
Located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Cal Academy is the only place in the world to house an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest and natural history museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and education under one living roof. Exhibits include educational displays on gems and minerals, coral reefs, space, the rainforest and more so you and your date can spend all day learning together.
Sip craft cocktails
For a classic craft cocktail outing in the city, you can head to your neighborhood hangout, swing by the nearest brewery, or make it a date at one of the best cocktail bars in San Francisco. For ideas, check out The San Francisco Cocktail Bar Bucket List which includes rooftop destinations, tiki bars, jazzy spots and an interactive map so you know exactly where to go.
Nestled on the waterfront beside Fort Baker in picturesque Sausalito, Cavallo Point is home to a luxury hotel, a bar and restaurant, a spa, and the award-winning Cavallo Point Cooking School. The kitchen offers 1,200 square feet of space, four workstations, two flat screens for demonstrations and Heath Ceramics dishware. Date night would include a seasonally inspired culinary adventure and a grand meal at the community table.
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For even more date ideas in the Bay Area check out these guides: 24 Bay Area Dates That Don’t Involve Dinner and 17 Summer Date Ideas in East Bay You Need to Try This Season.