The Most Romantic Spots in San Francisco

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m actually going to get in the spirit of things. I don’t believe in actually celebrating Valentine’s Day because I can go out to a fancy dinner with my boyfriend whenever [we are in the same city, that is] and I’d rather us both save money on gifts and save it for an awesome trip.

I do like Valentine’s Day for what it is, single or in a relationship – I think it’s a good way to celebrate love and good vibes. Anyway, this is going to be a really honest, maybe surprising post. I also feel really weird giving away all my secret spots but hey, SEO.

I have to tell you a secret. I’m really, really good at making boys like me because I take them to do cool things. I put SO MUCH THOUGHT into what I take boys to do. I put so much thought into what I take anyone to do – we’re talking hours of research on brunch with friends (as Kay can attest to when we spent over an hour trying to find waffles in the city). I am always late on giving people gifts because I put way too much thought into it as well. (Sorry, friends.)

The Most Romantic Spots in San Francisco

Lyon Street Steps
SF is all about them #hills and you can make some gains in elevation with the Lyon Street Steps. If you’re in the Marina District or Presidio, if you walk past Broderick Street you’ll hit Lyon Street. Cars can’t really go up Lyon Street – you have to hike up a million sets of stairs but the views are breath-taking. I accidentally stumbled upon this when I had the great terrible idea to run from my apartment to Ocean Beach one Saturday (see below).

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Insta-worthy views.

Presidio Batteries
In case you didn’t know, the Presidio in San Francisco was an old military base. It was founded in 1776 by Spain and has changed hands between Mexico and the US since that time. If you’re not familiar with the city, the Golden Gate Bridge basically starts in the Presidio. My daily run takes me through Chrissy Field to the bottom of the bridge. If I’m feeling real ambitious and my Achilles isn’t bothering me, I run up to the batteries.

Skip the crowds at all of the overlook vantage points and drive or hike up to the batteries. You can climb up to the top for amazing views of the bridge and the bay. If you do it at night with a cute boy, you’re just asking to get kissed… not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

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Presidio Bluffs… by day.

Foreign Cinema
I actually ate at Foreign Cinema a few years ago when I was here on a trip. When I told a friend from college who was living in the city he replied, “Your boyfriend must really like you”. Anyway, dinner and a movie is totally upgraded at this restaurant in the Mission that plays old black and white movies on a projector in their garden dining area while you’re eating. Extra points if the boy you’re with went to film school.

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Photo via Foreign Cinema

Ocean Beach
I geek out around water but what is more romantic and cliche then walks along the beach? Not much, I’m gonna be honest. You can also have bonfires at the beach which I haven’t done but hey, the option is there if you want it. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine but don’t get drunk and get in the water because it is A) cold and B) the riptide is a real thing, not just a Vance Joy song.

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Ocean Beach vibes.

San Francisco Botanical Gardens
I actually plan on doing a cute little series about cool places to check out in SF and featuring the Botanical Gardens, but you can spend a couple hours walking around the gardens after you picnic and drink some wine in Golden Gate Park.

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Grab your blanket and picnic among some fancy trees and flowers.

Napa/Sonoma
I know, not truly SF, but after a conversation with Kay this weekend about how many people go to wine country for their honeymoon, it made sense. I’m going to be honest – I’ve been to various wine regions (Chianti in Italy, Willamette Valley in Oregon and of course, Napa and Sonoma) and it’s super romantic, even if you’re with your girlfriends. I’m going to do a whole post on Scribe Winery because I’m hardcore fan-girling over it… and I’m also sure I’ll have some more wineries to talk about after A and I head up north this weekend (#romantic). If you want to be real cute, rent bikes and bike around the vineyards.

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Views from Scribe Winery.

Chat with me:
Have you ever been to SF? Any other romantic spots I should check out? Where are the most romantic spots in your city?

41 comments on “The Most Romantic Spots in San Francisco

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on February 12, 2015 9:08 am

Ahhh so many good ideas! I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day person actually. I figure I geek out of Christmas and my birthday and anniversaries that Valentine’s Day doesn’t totally matter (though I’m obviously crossing my fingers that we end up doing something) ….I’m so cliche.

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Cassie on February 20, 2015 2:01 am

Yay for snow and cancelled reservations :)

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Chris on February 12, 2015 9:28 am

Never been to SF but now I can’t freaking wait because you’re going to put so much thought into showing me the town and I’m gonna have the best time ever! I can’t think of my most romantic gesture ever, but I’m good at putting thought into gifts as well and I like to give someone something that shows I put thought into it and something they can use a lot!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:26 pm

Um if you come visit I’ll plan the best time for us EVER. Promise!

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Jill@ Champagne for Everyday on February 12, 2015 10:05 am

This was awesome! I have been in SF for 9 months now and we haven’t been to Ocean Beach. Seriously, I know, what is wrong with us. We’re staying in town this weekend, so wine on the beach is happening!! Also – loved Foreign Cinema!! Super romantic and close to tons of Mission spots for cocktails Apres. Happy V-day!!

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:26 pm

Did you have wine on the beach last weekend???

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Jessica @myhealthypassion on February 12, 2015 10:09 am

I want to go to all of these places…too bad its clear across the country!!! They all look so beautiful!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:25 pm

SF is definitely worth a visit!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on February 12, 2015 10:33 am

This could not be more perfect timing… thank you!! I am coming to scope out SF for a quick trip with Noah in March (planning to email you), and I can use all the recommendations I can get for a jam packed day of fun.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:25 pm

We better meet up while you’re here, girlie! And I have some Berkeley recommendations if you’re staying there!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on February 12, 2015 10:38 am

I feel like you should propose to me know. A) becuase of the subject matter and pics and b) because that is where Alex proposed to me. Though in a far less scenic area, it was pretty romantic in and of itself :D
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:25 pm

I need to hear your proposal story…

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on February 12, 2015 11:21 am

I’ve never been to SF, but your post makes me want to visit. Especially the last picture..
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:24 pm

You should definitely come visit, it’s the best!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on February 12, 2015 11:43 am

Maybe I should have mastered biking before I visited and we could have been real bff cute. #fail I guess the most romantic view in Pgh is Mt. Wash? Agree or disagree? Bar Marco is a pretty romantic restaurant (lolol if you remember that story I told you).
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:24 pm

Bar Marco is on the James Beard long list for best chef. BAM. Romantic.

Remember when my crazy ex texted me accusing me of being on a date for instagraming Mt Wash when we were doing a photo shoot for work there? Yeah. Crazy train.

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 12, 2015 11:44 am

Hi Cassie! I love all of these and have done them all. There are a ton of romantic restaurants, and I think the alley restaurants in the Financial District all have quite a bit of “romance” to them. I’d also say that a picnic in Fort Mason on a beautiful day away from the crowds can be pretty romantic too. What a gorgeous place we call home! :) Glad your research gets the boys to like you!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:23 pm

That is such a great idea… there were SO MANY PEOPLE at Fort Mason today when I walked by!!

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Carly @ Musings of a Wanderer on February 12, 2015 11:46 am

This is beautiful! I so love San Francisco. I have been wanting to move there for years but the opportunity just hasn’t presented itself. I hope one day I’ll get there!

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:20 pm

I still can’t believe I live here sometimes!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 12, 2015 11:46 am

You’re making me really want to visit SF! It’s been so long since I’ve been there!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:20 pm

You should definitely come visit!

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Tara Funair on February 12, 2015 12:09 pm

It’s been 15 years since my one and only trip. I do think the Botanical Gardens as well as The Japanese Rose garden was quite romantic. I would love to go back. The sunset from the West Coast is breathtaking.

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:20 pm

I want to go to the Japanese Tea Garden… still on my list!

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Marsha on February 12, 2015 12:28 pm

Beautiful pictures! I would love to go to SF one day. Thank you.

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:19 pm

Thanks, Marsha!

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Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM on February 12, 2015 1:20 pm

It’s been so long since I visited San Francisco. I love some of these views and I’ll definitely consider some of these spots. Great pics, too!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:19 pm

Thank you!!

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Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen on February 12, 2015 2:32 pm

Ahh I just spent early January in SF with my boyfriend as a “christmas gift” to eachother! I wish I would’ve known about these cool spots!! Definitley going back though and keeping this pinned for references :) Such an awesome city I LOVE the bay area!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:19 pm

Awesome, where all did you two visit? What a great gift!!

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Andrea@TablerPartyOfTwo on February 12, 2015 3:45 pm

Can’t wait for my next visit there!
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Whitney Carney on February 12, 2015 5:02 pm

Whenever we skyped: You “I have to take boys places and do cool things for them to like me.” Hahaha I think they would like you anyways, but the cool places aren’t a downfall either. :)
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:18 pm

Haha I had my astrology chart read and they basically said I feel the need to keep people entertained and happy all the time o_o

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Kim on February 12, 2015 6:03 pm

I was in SF once for my sister’s wedding! She got married in Sonoma Valley and it was absolutely gorgeous! Would love to go back!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:18 pm

What a gorgeous place to get married!!! I love Sonoma!

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Farrah on February 12, 2015 7:57 pm

Sighhhhh. I’ve lived an hour from SF for most of my life, but have only really been to about 3 of these places. I need to explore when/if I ever get to go home! Napa is definitely a super pretty place! <3
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:17 pm

Yes! You should come home to visit!!

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Erica on February 12, 2015 9:00 pm

I’ve been to most of these, but not to Foreign Cinema. Will check it out – thanks!

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:16 pm

It’s sooo good! Heard they have an awesome brunch, too!

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Kati Rose on February 12, 2015 9:39 pm

Ocean Beach is one of my most memorable parts of going to San Francisco. It didn’t seem quite real.
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 9:14 pm

It really doesn’t! I ran down there today and was just like whoa. Never gets old!

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