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Top 10 romantic things to do in San Francisco

Find a place to stay

One of the most romantic cities in the world, a San Francisco hotel is the ideal place to stay for a couple’s retreat. Create lasting memories with sunset cruises, romantic strolls or an evening cocktail surrounded by a gorgeous city.

Walk along the waves

San Franciscans love the restored, hard-packed promenade of Crissy Field's coastline. Feel the sand beneath your feet as you walk arm-in-arm along the shore, enjoying views of the bridge and the bay. When the wind gets too chilly, stop in for a Golden Gate Coffee at the Warming Hut Cafe & Bookstore.

603 Mason St., 94129

Sailing at sunset

Few experiences are more romantic than sailing at sunset. Choose a catamaran ride on the Adventure Cat when the golden rays of the sun hit the San Francisco skyline as you snack on hors d’oeuvres and sip a complimentary cocktail.

Pier 39, Dock J 94133

Enjoy a couple's massage

Get pampered together with side-by-side massages in the yin-and-yang couple's suite at the ultra-chic Spa Bar. After you're both relaxed, enjoy some quality time together sipping champagne and feeding each other fresh fruit.

246 Second St., 94105

Tandem bike ride

Rent a tandem bike from Bike and Roll and enjoy the streets of San Francisco. One of the best rides is across the Golden Gate Bridge before the fog rolls in.

North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf locations

Share a soufflé by candlelight

Located in the Telegraph Hill/North Beach area, Cafe Jacqueline is the consummate French bistro for a candlelit soirée with your sweetheart. Cozy tables encourage sharing secrets, but sharing one of the signature soufflés is the perfect conclusion to any meal.

Cafe Jacqueline, 1454 Grant Ave., 94133

A romantic stay

Toast your sweetie with a bottle of champagne or order breakfast in bed in a romantic suite at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton. This Five-Star classic is located near St. Mary's Cathedral in the very heart of the city.

600 Stockton St., 94108 

Dance the night away

A popular place for couples to dance the night away is the Starlight Room inside the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Overlooking Union Square, this 1930s-style, dress-up nightclub has an over-the-top decor and a 360-degree city view that's unequaled. Rest your tired feet in one of the high-backed booths under the crystal chandeliers. 

450 Powell St., 94102 

Picnic by the water

A green oasis in the middle of urban San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is an ideal place for a romantic picnic. Spread out your lunch in the Stow Lake picnic area or drift lazily aboard a rented rowboat. 

Martinis and a view

Perched on top of the Intercontinental Hotel in Nob Hill, Top of the Mark is a lounge with a view. You and your date can share the city’s panorama of sparkling lights against the glimmering bay. Equally dazzling is the 100-martini menu. 

1 Nob Hill, 94108 

Remember your First Crush

Wine and dine your date with the progressive American menu and all-California wine list at First Crush. Located near Union Square, the convivial atmosphere, soft lighting and expert wine advice make for a memorable evening. 

101 Cyril Magnin St., 94102