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The Golden Gate Bridge emerges from the fog in San Francisco. (©Radoslaw Lecyk/Shutterstock)

5 Ultimate San Francisco Dates

By Christine Tusher on 01/29/14, updated 01/27/15
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With its rugged natural beauty, sophisticated culture and temperate climate, San Francisco is built for romance. Here are creative date itineraries tailor-made for five different sorts of couples. Choose one and fall in love with the city alongside your mate.

The Geeky Couple

Exploratorium in San Francisco
Take a romantic stroll with a sci-fi twist by renting a pair of Segways for a self-guided or private VIP tour of San Francisco. Your journey begins in Golden Gate Park, where you can pause for a photo op with a herd of bison in an enclosed field before making a beeline toward the coast for breathtaking views at Lands End and a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. Electric Tour Company, 82 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415.474.3130; Segway SF Bay, 1263 20th Ave., 415.716.9910

From the bridge, use the Force to guide you towards the Lucasfilm headquarters in the Presidio where you can pay homage to the Geek Godfather at the Yoda Fountain. Building B courtyard, 1 Letterman Dr.

Follow the coast through the Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf towards the Exploratorium. The science museum’s new location is a nerd’s paradise, where you can view stem cells through a high-powered microscope and learn how researchers are using zebrafish to learn about human heart development. Pier 15, Embarcadero, 415.528.4444

Wrap up your day with drinks at the Alchemist in the SoMa neighborhood. This steampunk-inspired mixology paradise offers the perfect landing place to enjoy craft cocktails while you post your favorite photos to Instagram. #Amazing. 679 3rd St., 415.746.9968

The Glam Couple

The Remede Spa at St. Regis in San Francisco
Begin a day of luxury by pampering yourselves at St. Regis’ posh Reméde Spa. Book a Shared Indulgence package and enjoy a two-and-a-half hour custom experience including facials and massages for two. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the luxe locker rooms, which are each appointed with whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas. 125 3rd St., 415.284.4060

Bask in your post-treatment glow with a wine tasting at Press Club. The upscale wine bar features multiple counters, each pouring different wines to taste. Prefer to stay seated? Pair a glass with cheese and charcuterie as you admire the award-winning architecture. 20 Yerba Buena Ln., 415.744.5000

Round out the day with a reservation at Hakkasan for high-end Cantonese at its best. Start with a cocktail at the V-shaped bar before migrating to your table for artfully prepared dim sum and succulent stir-fried beef. 1 Kearny St., 415.829.8148

The Adventurous Couple

Angel Island makes for an adventurous outing
Hop on a ferry to Angel Island to explore the island’s rugged beauty on foot. Enjoy a five-mile loop around the island, or climb the summit for a 360-degree view of the bay. Blue and Gold Fleet, Pier 41, Embarcadero, 415.773.1188

Soothe tired muscles at Archimedes Banya, a bathhouse combining Greek, Turkish, German and Russian traditions to provide the ultimate in pampering and socializing. Explore saunas, steam rooms, cold plunges, warm pools, Jacuzzis and a rooftop sun deck. 748 Innes Ave., 415.206.9000

You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a scene from “Big Trouble in Little China” as you hit happy hour at Li Po Cocktail Lounge in Chinatown. Enjoy a round of rum-soaked Chinese Mai Tais as you enjoy multiple games of liar’s dice. And don’t be surprised if the bartender gets in on the action. 916 Grant Ave., 415.982.0072

Soak up your cocktails with fresh Chinese fare at House of Nanking, a casual, no-reservations restaurant on the southern edge of Chinatown. Don’t miss their signature sesame chicken or the glazed eggplant—they’re the reason why locals form a line out the door. 919 Kearny St., 415.421.1429

The Foodie Couple

RN74, a San Francisco dining destination from Michael Mina
Sample Northern California’s bounty as you stroll through the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, snacking on nuts, fresh fruit and house-made sausages before stopping for a meal of food truck fare. (Our recommendation: Hapa Ramen’s Big Daddy Bowl, which is large enough to share.) Head inside to explore exotic mushrooms at Far West Fungi and sample Cowgirl Creamery cheese. Sa 8 am-2 pm, Tu and Th 10 am-2 pm, 1 Ferry Building

Stroll down Mission Street to RN74 and grab a seat at the bar. This sophisticated restaurant from Michael Mina boasts an encyclopedic wine menu and knowledgeable staff who are happy to help you find the perfect pairing for your shared plate of crispy duck wings a l’orange. 301 Mission St., 415.543.7474

Be sure to save plenty of room, as an epic meal awaits at Benu. Take just one bite of the 18-course tasting menu and you’ll understand why chef Corey Lee has earned two Michelin stars. While the menu changes daily, expect an exquisite tasting tour from land to sea and back again. 22 Hawthorne St., 415.685.4860

The Sporty Couple

Go on a behind-the-scenes tour at AT&T Park
Get ready for the Giants' spring training with a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park. Your inside visit includes a walk on the field plus a peek inside the visiting team’s clubhouse, the dugout, a luxury suite and the press box. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, 415.972.2000

Walk the two blocks to 21st Amendment Brewery for pours of some of San Francisco’s best craft beers, including nine handcrafted brews on tap. Arrive in time for happy hour and enjoy pours at $2 off. 563 2nd St., 415.369.0900

Resume your stroll with a romantic sunset walk along the Embarcadero. Snap affectionate photos as the sun sets beneath the Golden Gate, then turn around to see “The Bay Lights,” the world’s largest LED light sculpture, as the bulbs pulse in waves along the western span of the Bay Bridge.

End your evening in the shadow of the ballpark at Marlowe, an intimate and rustic restaurant serving arguably the best burger in town. Snack on deviled eggs and oysters as you sip craft cocktails and chat about the highlights from your special day. 330 Townsend St., 415.974.5599

 

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