by Lucy Schiller
Ok, we know that last week we told you all about where to break up in San Francisco. But don't think for a moment we're downers on the whole lovey-dovey thing. We like a visit to smooch castle as much as the next person. And while SF's summer weather doesn't always inspire a late-evening picnic under the fading
strains of the setting sun, the chill and fog of a true SF July do have a goosebumped,
cuddle-inspiring charm. Whether you've snagged your sweetie on OKCupid or by
repeatedly purchasing their expertly-pulled double espressos, the hard part -- keeping
them by your side for warmth, er, loving company, has just begun.
Below, then, are 10 places any self-respecting San Franciscan would want to be wooed
this summer, myself included (so plan on sharing that blanket). Shoot off a well-crafted
text and let the romance begin.
1. Wave Organ: Nothing says
romance like a great nighttime view of SF from a Marina jetty, the sound of an
ocean gurgling around you. Yep, gurgling. This auditory experience of a sculpture
channels ocean water into a series of pipes to surround lovey-dovey explorers
with watery hisses and burbles.
2. SF Flower Mart: A veritable labyrinth of all things
floral nestled deep in SOMA, the SF Flower Mart is stomping grounds for florists
and the like before 10 am, for anxious brides-to-be and their mothers/wedding
planners after that. As the mart rolls on, the prices roll down, though fallen
flowers litter the floor, just waiting for a creative eye to assemble them into an
uber-romantic on-date gift.
3. Garden for the Environment: Getting down and dirty your thing? The Inner Sunset’s hidden one-acre
demonstration garden blooms with possibilities, from weekend classes on jam-
making and herb-preserving to possibly the loveliest bench in the city, tucked
under a vine-covered arbor among fragrant fruit trees.
4. Chocolate Covered: This tastily odorous
Noe Valley chocolate shop specializes in handmade cyanotype goodie boxes
featuring San Francisco street signs. Pick your dream street, eat a truffle, plan
your life together.
5. Corona Heights: Snag a seat on the rusty red chert outcroppings at sunset, look out on all of San
Francisco flattened below, and realize you may be the at the best makeout spot in
6. Harry Denton’s Starlight Room: Upon typing
in the name of this loungy nightclub at the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel,
Google aptly suggests an addition of “dress code.” Live crooners drown out
any chance of conversation and there’s a rather skewed ratio of European
businessmen to SF natives; nevertheless, where else can you sip cocktails served
by waitresses in turtlenecked satin evening gowns?
7. Skatin’ Place: Join a real cross-
section of the city skating choreographed routines to “Thriller” on a patch of
asphalt in Golden Gate Park. Though such a date may be rife with potential for
embarrassment, the people-watching is great, you get to grab for your beloved’s
hand in hopes of staying upright, and lush nooks exist nearby for needed respite.
8. Alemany Farm: Yeah, a jaunt up to Napa
isn’t exactly the most feasible – or casual – idea for a first date. Luckily, 4.5 acre
Alemany Farm, nestled into the South side of Bernal Heights, has just the ticketregular community workdays, a sweeping estate of organic plantings and fruit
trees, and regular festivals and concerts.
9. The Cake Gallery: Specializing in
impossibly x-rated cakes (one likely crowd-pleaser is listed as the “Sheep
Lover”), the Cake Gallery is a thirty-year old jewel in Folsom Street’s raunchy
crown. Their storefront makes for a giggly, slightly uncomfortable date – the best
10. Seward Street Slides: Shy souls rejoice! Finding your intended is hard enough; letting them
know how you feel is a whole different story – one that can be told through
extremely vague metaphor, thanks to the Seward Street slides. Climb up to great
heights, grasp hands, and zoom down together into the unknown. If they don’t get
what you’re trying to say…do it again.