In the city of peace and love, let your inner Cupid run wild and free. But it’s not all about staring into your partner’s eyes and putting flowers in each other’s hair. Day and night, there are plenty of fun and romantic things to do in San Francisco that will literally take your breath away – a moonlit stroll up one of the city’s famous steep hills being just one.
1) Dim the lights, enjoy the city at night
Romance comes alive as the sun goes down. And you won’t find a more heady place than The View Lounge at the top of the San Francisco Marriot Marquis. So indulge in some delicious cocktails, sit back and gaze through the floor-to-ceiling starburst windows at the panorama of twinkling lights across the Bay.
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2) Dance your socks off
It’s time to get your dancing shoes on. Head out for a night of whirling and twirling with your partner at the Tonga Room. Where tropical South Seas décor meets delightful decadence. Indulge in the unique tiki pop culture and luxurious Asian cuisine. It’s sure to set your evening on fire.
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3) The way to the heart
Food and love go hand-in-hand. But it doesn’t have to include meat. So if you fancy some award-winning, innovative vegan food, leave the city behind and head for Millennium in nearby Rockridge. It’s just a 20-minute ride on the BART train. And before your meal there’s a lovely neighborhood, chock-full of delightful cafes and boutiques to wander around.
4) Cycle the Golden Gate
There’s nothing like some pedal power to get your hearts racing. So why not hire some bikes down near Fisherman’s Wharf and cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge? It’s quite a gentle ride, and you’ll get the chance to explore redwood forests, visit Sausalito, and take in dramatic city views from across the water.
5) Cruise the Bay at nightime
A leisurely cruise along San Francisco Bay becomes a magical experience by night. Drink in the glistening city skyline, reflected on the water along with the flickering lights of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Red and White Fleet cruise company offers a variety of Bay cruises, including a sunset and twilight cruise.
6) Shiver your timbers!
If a fun-packed pirate party is more your idea of a romantic night out, then get cosy with your loved one in Smugglers Cove. This hidden treasure is tucked away behind an unassuming door at 650 Gough Street. With over 200 rums and other exotic cocktails to choose from, a Jolly Roger time is assured.
7) Boat Stow Lake
There’s nothing better than simply messing about in boats, and it's extra fun when you're with someone special! So grab each other by the hands and take off on a nautical adventure around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. You can hire a row, pedal or even electric boat and just drift along in the heart of one of America’s greatest city parks.
8) A flower-filled stroll
Allow yourselves to be surrounded by the sweet smell of blossoms and tropical blooms in a beautiful Victorian greenhouse. The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. It’s been attracting plant enthusiasts for more than a century and it’s sure to captivate you both.
9) Picnic on the Mountain
Just to the north of Golden Gate Bridge rises the majestic Mount Tamalpais. The whole area is a state park, and a wonderful place for a romantic walk and picnic. Pack some food, a bottle of something delicious and hike your way towards some of the best views over San Francisco and the Bay Area. You can hire a car to get to the park, or take the bus on holidays and weekends.