The Most Romantic Date Spots In S.F.

If you happen to currently be in a relationship, you probably fall into one of two categories at this point: You either have your Valentine's Day plans on lock, or you're panicking trying to figure out what to do on Saturday night. Do you go the packed-and-expensive-restaurant route, or opt for something a little more low-key? Ah, the dilemma.

That's where Instagram can provide some much-needed inspiration. And, we've rounded up all of the very best pics for you. From classic S.F. activities, like a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge or a cable car ride, to more surprising ideas, like a Full House-inspired picnic or mural-spotting in the Mission, there's a perfect date for everyone in here. Grab your S.O. and hit the city. We guarantee these photo-worthy spots will have you two lovebirds feeling #blessed the entire time. 
 
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For Books And A Bite: Two Sisters Bar And Books
Easily one of the most romantic spots in the city, Two Sisters Bar And Books has all the makings for an ideal date. If dim lighting, literature, and wine in an intimate setting are what you're looking for — this is it.

Two Sisters Bar And Books, 579 Hayes Street (between Octavia and Laguna streets); 415-863-3655.
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For Dinner And A Movie: Foreign Cinema
Dinner and a movie, the S.F. way. Chow down at this classic Mission spot while enjoying some quality film time in the courtyard.

Foreign Cinema, 2534 Mission Street (between 21st and 22nd streets); 415-648-7600.
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For A Day At The Museum: DeYoung Museum
Peeping some of the DeYoung Museum's artistic treasures sounds like a top-notch time to us. Of course, it's not complete without sneaking a few snaps of your highbrow afternoon.

DeYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (near John F. Kennedy Drive); 415-750-3600.
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For A Walk In Nature: Conservatory Of Flowers
Nothing says romance like a stroll through this picturesque greenhouse. Enjoying the sights of some of the rarest flora from around the world with your S.O. is so much better than wasting your money on prepackaged flowers.

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive; 415-831-2090.
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For Wine And Cheese: Mission Cheese
Because, you can never go wrong with a simple wine-and-cheese situation — especially when it looks like this.

Mission Cheese, 736 Valencia Street (between 17th and 18th streets); 415-553-8667.
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For A Delicious Brunch: Outerlands
Why not ditch those expensive V-Day dinner plans and opt for a delicious brunch instead? Be sure to sneak in a quick pic before you dig into Outerlands' crazy-good dishes.

Outerlands, 4001 Judah Street (between 45th and 46th avenues); 415-661-6140.
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For A Picturesque Day Trip: Sausalito
Ferry over to Marin to soak in (and snap) the gorgeous scenes of the Bay. Your followers and your S.O. will thank you.

Golden Gate Ferry, 688 Bridgeway, Sausalito; no phone.
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For A Worldly Stroll: Palace Of Fine Arts
A trip to the Palace of Fine Arts is kind of like a trip to Europe, only without the airfare. A romantic getaway right in the heart of the city? Excuse us while we take a pic.

Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street (at Bay Street); 415-563-6504.
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For Oysters And Rosé: Hog Island Oyster Co.
You haven't dined al fresco until you've headed to Marshall for oysters and wine, right on Tomales Bay. All that shucking certainly deserves a snap or two.

Hog Island Oyster Co., 20215 Shoreline Highway, Marshall, CA; 415-663-9218.
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For An Urban Hike: Lands End
While there may be many spots around the city to explore, we think Lands End wins for its breathtaking views.

Lands End, Seal Rock Drive and El Camino Del Mar; no phone.
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For A City Stroll: North Beach
North Beach is one of those S.F. neighborhoods that is packed with charm. Wait for nightfall, wander the streets and alleys, stop at an Italian bakery, and document it all along the way. Just be sure to bring your comfy shoes; the hills are brutal.

North Beach, Columbus and Stockton streets; no phone.
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For A Spa Day: SenSpa
Two words: couple massages. Zen out for the afternoon at this lauded S.F. spa.

SenSpa, 1161 Gorgas Avenue (near Lombard Street); 415-441-1777.
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For A Coffee Date: The Mill
This hip (and very photogenic) café was made for sipping hot cups with cool company. No matter what angle you shoot it from, it's a photo lover's paradise.

The Mill, 736 Divisadero Street (between Grove and Fulton streets); 415-345-1953.
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For A Secret Garden Walk: Filbert Steps
On the cusp of North Beach, Telegraph Hill's Filbert Steps are not only some the steepest in the West, but also the most gorgeous. Running through a lush garden, they often feel like you're miles outside the city. Did we mention there are parrots? #Instagood.

Filbert Steps, Filbert and Sansome streets (between Sansome Street and Coit Tower); no phone.
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For A Night At The Museum: Academy Of Sciences
Being in the Academy of Sciences after hours is definitely worthy of an Instagram brag. Science has never been sexier.

Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive; 415-379-8000.
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For A Fancy Cocktail: Trick Dog
Snag a seat upstairs (the bar below tends to get pretty busy) and enjoy one of Trick Dog's artisanal cocktails over conversation and candlelight. Romantic!

Trick Dog, 3010 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-471-2999.
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For A Picnic In The Park: Alamo Square
Grab a blanket and a bottle of wine and post up with your date in front of the iconic Painted Ladies for a Full House-approved afternoon.

Alamo Square, at Steiner and Hayes streets; 415-641-2526.
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For Street-Art Appreciation: Mission Murals
The Mission is peppered with colorful artwork. Explore the neighborhood's nooks and crannies for instant (gram) inspiration.

Mission Murals, Balmy Alley (at 24th Street), Clarion Alley (near Valencia Street); no phone.
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For A Sing-Along: The Castro Theatre
This iconic theater is a city gem for many reasons. We think the group sing-alongs — The Little Mermaid, Grease — may have something to do with it.

Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street (between 17th and 18th streets); 415-621-6120.
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For A Floral Adventure: Ampersand
Ampersand is a gorgeous, flowery getaway in the heart of the Mission — basically, it's like walking into a beautiful bouquet.

Ampersand, 80 Albion Street (near Valencia and 16th streets); 415-654-0776.
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For A Solid City View: Bernal Heights Hill
Trust us, the hike is worth it. For romantic bonus points, aim to be there around sunset to catch S.F.'s golden-hour glow.

Bernal Heights Hill, Bernal Heights Boulevard (near Folsom Street); no phone.
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For A Classic S.F. Moment: Cable Car Ride
Touristy, yes. But, it doesn't get more classic S.F. than this.

Cable Car Ride, California Street line; no phone.
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For The Urban Adventurers: Chinatown
Chinatown is packed full of unexpected gems. Mosey the streets hand-in-hand, and find plenty of picture-perfect moments along the way.

Chinatown, at Grant Avenue and Bush Street; no phone.
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For A Farmers' Market Trip: The Ferry Building
Shop for produce with your S.O., show off your seasonal bounty, and then head home to make a low-key meal together. #bestmealever

Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero); 415-983-8030.
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For A Good Read: Dog Eared Books
Bond over literature and Insta likes at this adorable Mission bookstore.

Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia (between 20th and Liberty streets); 415-282-1901.
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For The Chocoholics: Dandelion Chocolate
The Instagram material here is almost as good as the chocolaty treats.

Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia Street (between 18th and 19th streets); 415-349-0942.
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For A Tourist-In-The-City Date: Golden Gate Bridge
A classic S.F. icon, the Golden Gate Bridge is the ultimate backdrop for a sunset snap with your sweetie.

Golden Gate Bridge at Highway 101; 415-921-5858.
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For A Design Field Trip: Heath Ceramics
Known for its beautiful displays and rainbow-hued wares, this Mission design haven will inspire you to bond over its pretty merch.

Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-361-5552.
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For A Sweet Treat: Ice Cream Bar
This sweet Cole Valley spot (soda jerks included) has old-school charm with a modern twist. Even if your date isn't into V-Day, everyone loves ice cream.

Ice Cream Bar, 815 Cole Street (between Fredrick and Carl streets); 415-742-4932.
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For A Farm-To-Table Dinner: Heirloom Café
Heirloom Café offers California cuisine at its finest. Pair that with an impressive wine list, cozy interior, and fresh farm-to-table dishes and you're in Insta heaven.

Heirloom Café, 2500 Folsom Street (between 21st and 22nd streets: 415-821-2500.
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