Three Rain or Shine Valentine's Day Dates in San Francisco
Embrace Florals for the Day
Free if you're a resident! The Magnificent Magnolias are in bloom through mid-March and are amazing! Hopefully the rain hasn't knocked too many of the blooms off, but even if it has, there are plenty of other pretty plants to check out. My boyfriend loves the Garden of Fragrance, where everything has a scent, and the Ancient Plant Garden, which feels like walking through Jurassic Park. For me, the best part of the Botanical Gardens is that they're a beautiful, relaxing escape from the rest of the park. Bring a blanket and picnic and settle down in the grass. Since it's gated, there are fewer people, which makes this an ideal Valentine's Day date spot!
Rain : San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Notice a theme here? I love plants and flowers, and my boyfriend loves indulging my obsession, especially in a place I can't buy anything! If it's raining, the Conservatory is a nice, romantic alternative to the gardens, where you're guaranteed to stay dry. The carnivorous plants are always a hit, and the architecture is amazing.
Explore a Classic
Sun : Chinatown
San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the largest in the U.S. Chinese New Year brings crowds, food and fireworks to the neighborhood. Throughout the month of February, the streets are lined with vendors selling everything from fresh citrus to lucky red envelopes. There are monks, beauty queens and brightly colored lanterns. Try some new food, or explore some of the stores. Stick to Grant for shops, but venture up to Stockton for fresh produce and some steamed buns.
Rain : Legion of Honor
The Thinker, Girl with a Broken Pitcher, and even a Waterlily are all at home in this classic SF museum. The permanent collection is plenty to get lost in, and get cultured on the way. I like wandering through the halls at my own pace, and stopping to appreciate my faves. My artist boyfriend never fails to teach me something here. Get your culture on with your lover, and learn something together!
Brunch It Up
Sun : The Ramp
Whether you're with a group of girlfriends, a double date, your parents or your significant other, The Ramp has something for everyone. The view and location can't be beat, so snag a patio table if the weather is nice. The Bloody Marys are good too.
Rain : Brenda's French Soul Food
There will 100% be a line, but the food is worth the wait! The Beignets are really good, and brunch specials are always a good choice. You'll seriously find something for everyone at this SF classic.
Take A Walk
Rain or Shine : Explore SF on foot!
Pick a street, tackle a hill, or take a stroll and see something you've never seen before. Go somewhere new, or someplace you love, and take the time to appreciate your surroundings. The City is full of surprises. Try Telegraph Hill or Russian Hill for an escape from the ordinary. Bernal Heights is also a great choice, and the view from the summit is breath taking.
Where are your favorite date spots in The City?