When it comes to things to do for couples, San Francisco has a little bit of everything. Here we’ve delved into the best romantic dates and couple activities, ranging from steamy spa experiences to budget-friendly city outings. Scroll through to get inspired, and be sure to visit our longer list of SF date ideas for more inspiration.
1. Book a patio table at one of the most romantic restaurants in SF
The perfect romantic date spot can take a variety of forms, but a night of upscale dining al fresco in San Francisco is a classic go-to. These outdoor restaurants in San Francisco have intimate patio spaces to enjoy a variety of delicious food options, creative cocktails, and much more.
2. Pamper yourselves with a relaxing spa day
San Francisco is known for its famously chilly weather but is luckily also home to some world-class spas. Book in a spa day for an intimate and therapeutic experience that provides a welcome respite from the daily grind. These saunas and spas offer a range of treatments whether you seek something more traditional, luxurious, or no-frills.
3. Go on a culinary journey at Dining in the Dark
At Copas’ Dining in the Dark, you’ll navigate three dishes relying solely on your sense of taste, touch, and smell. Blindfolds will be provided on arrival and you’ll be guided to your table in dark and mysterious space. Shake up your typical San Francisco date night at this 90-minute event focusing on food and fun.
4. Seek out the most romantic spots in the city
We sought out our followers’ best recommendations for the most romantic spots in San Francisco, and ended up with a creative and intriguing list. Scroll through for everything from dramatic sunset lookouts to lesser-known gardens, making for a great addition to your date repertoire.
5. Bond over some friendly competition at these local arcade bars
Not all romantic experiences have to involved hushed voices and candlelight. We love the free and lively environment at these Bay Area arcade bars, where you can connect in the spirit of genial competition with classic arcade games and delicious drinks. From SF’s Thriller Social Club to Oakland’s Plank, you’ll find a variety of environments to round out your fun-filled date night.
6. Plan a museum outing to see San Francisco’s coolest new exhibitions
Museum exhibits in San Francisco get refreshed and replaced every single month, so there’s always something new and exciting to put on your list. We’re keep tabs on the best new temporary displays including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibitions, fine art at the de Young and the Legion of Honor, and contemporary art exhibits at the Asian Art Museum. Bookmark our list to get inspired and check if there are any free admission days coming up to save some cash.
7. Enjoy a fancy date night at a San Francisco Candlelight concert
The extremely popular series known as Candlelight is wowing crowds in San Francisco. Experience beautiful classical concerts featuring everything from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to a Hans Zimmer tribute, all in the lovely glow of thousands of candles.
8. See the CA Academy of Sciences in a new light at their adults-only NightLife events
The California Academy of Sciences’ popular adults-only Thursday night events allow you to explore the exhibits without being overrun by kids. See the museum after-hours with live DJs and music, outdoor bars, and ambient lighting. Keep your eye out for rotating themes, many of which feature fantastic local community partners and a variety of activations.
9. Explore SF’s eclectic music scene at these local jazz clubs
We love these San Francisco jazz bars as a fun and lively way to take your date night up a notch. You’ll definitely find something that fits your plans with our list of classic supper clubs, intimate bars, and upscale dinner restaurants.
10. Turn your gaze skyward at these lovely stargazing spots
Stargazing might be one of the most magical and underrated date ideas for couples in San Francisco. While the furthest person from the city has the highest chances of witnessing a starry night, it’s possible to catch a glimmer or two near San Francisco, and we’ve sought out some promising viewpoints where you can share intimate conversation as you gaze toward the heavens.