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Most Romantic Things to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco can be a truly dreamy city. Here are the spots to visit for romance and distinctly San Francisco charm. 

Crissy Field

A nationally protected former U.S. Army airfield, this strikingly scenic waterfront recreation area is now a favorite among active locals and visitors. A wide (stroller and wheelchair-friendly) trail between Marina Green and Fort Point is perfect for an easy walk, jog or bike ride.

Palace of Fine Arts

Originally designed for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, this domed rotunda is all that remains from eight identical structures built to show the world that San Francisco had risen from the ashes after the devastating 1906 earthquake.

Gaspar Brasserie

Handsome, dim and cozy, this Parisian-influenced spot near Union Square is adorned with glowing vintage chandeliers, tufted leather banquettes and a pressed tin ceiling, making the bi-level space a romantic setting for a date. Start with a cocktail at one of the two bars, then dig into small plates but make sure to save room

B. Patisserie

This celebrated bakery offers modern French style pastries with American flavors and local influences. The wide selection of individual cakes and entremets, tarts, verrines and macarons also includes the kouign amann, one of the bakery’s signature pastries.

The Presidio

A patchwork of eucalyptus groves, freshwater creeks, wildflower-splashed sand dunes and coastal prairie covers the Presidio, a historic former military post and modern-day national park in the northwest corner of the city.

The Hidden Vine

This sophisticated Jackson Square wine bar offers a complex and satisfying bouquet of flavors for the discerning palate. The staff is knowledgeable, the atmosphere unpretentious and the menu thorough.

Stow Lake

This man-made lake has provided an escape from city living since 1893. Rent a rowboat, pedal boat or electric boat and gently cruise under the many bridges and visit the waterfall.

Recchiuti Confections

Michael Recchiuti founded his company based on the idea that once you introduce people to truly exquisite chocolates, they’ll be won over instantly and forever. Amen. His chocolates come in unusual and wonderful flavors, and they are absolutely beautiful to look at.

Exploratorium

On a spectacular waterfront location on Pier 15, this educational center offers an array of interactive scientific exhibits and hands-on displays that stimulate the senses and minds of the young and old alike. Ongoing: “After Dark,” the Exploratorium's 18-and-up event from 6-10 pm on the first Thursday of the month features c

Top of the Mark

A Nob Hill landmark, this sky lounge perched on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel affords wraparound vistas of the city, including views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the sparkling skyline at night.

Waterbar

This waterfront restaurant offers views of the bay and Treasure Island along with seafood fresh from the Pacific Ocean, including pristine raw bar selections and fire-roasted whole lobster.

Tosca Cafe

A recent renovation livened things up at this North Beach institution, but the watering hole will also be known for its “house cappuccino”—hot chocolate and brandy—a holdover from Prohibition.

Twin Peaks

The second highest point in San Francisco, Twin Peaks offers the best views in town. The entire city is laid out before you, and on clear days your line of sight extends to the East Bay. Take a walk along the pedestrian-only eastern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard for a variety of perspectives.

Angel Island

This small island just off the Tiburon Peninsula offers hiking and biking trails, campsites, picnic facilities and spectacular views of the city. Bike rentals, open-air tram tours and concessions are offered daily.

Legion of Honor

High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into the San Francisco Bay—stands this grand museum, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco.

Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

This elegant restaurant in the Castro neighborhood serves traditional tapas and modern Spanish dishes, sourcing ingredients from sustainable California markets, farms and fisheries.

Gallery of Jewels

Enter any of the store’s three locations and you’ll find cases of designer jewelry handcrafted by local, regional and international artists. Featuring collections by more than 100 designers, the boutiques offer all price points and a variety of metals, stones and mediums.

Nob Hill Spa

It feels like you’re sitting on top of the world at this resort-style spa perched auspiciously at the top of California Street in the Huntington Hotel. Have a bite around the indoor infinity pool while you wait for your treatment.