From secret themed bars, lakes with pedalos, to mountains perfect for a picnic and twilight sightseeing tours, there are countless things for couples to do in San Francisco. Fall in love with each other and the city of peace and love with our top picks of romantic things to do in San Fran…

Dim the lights and enjoy the city at night

Romance comes alive as the sun goes down. And you won’t find a headier 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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Red Route, Stop: Union Square South

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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Red Route, Stop: Chinatown Gate

Discover the way to their heart

Food and love go hand-in-hand. But when you’re dining in San Francisco, a delicious meal doesn’t have to include meat. 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.

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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.

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Red Route, Stop: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf

Cruise the Bay at night time

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. And if you prefer to see the San Francisco sights on dry land, check out our night time Big Bus Tour.

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Blue Route, Stop: Night Tour Start & End Stop
Red and White Cruise Tickets
Big Bus Night Tour Tickets

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.

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Red Route, Stop: Civic Center

Get nautical at Boat Stow Lake

There’s nothing better than simply messing about in boats, and its extra fun when you're with someone special. So, grab each other by the hand 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.

Red Route, Stop: Golden Gate Park

Go for 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.

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Red Route, Stop: Golden Gate Park

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.

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Add any of our suggestions to your travel itinerary and let your inner Cupid run wild and free. Day and night, there are plenty of fun and romantic things to do in San Francisco that will take your breath away. And if you want to work on your tan during all these activities or simply relax with your partner in the sun, take a look at our guide to the Best Beaches in San Francisco too…