Discovering the over 26 million specimens at the California Academy of Sciences is a fun date any time of day, but if you go during regular hours, it’ll cost for two of you and there won’t be any alcoholic beverages.
) date ideas — especially in the summer and early fall. From gourmet bites at Santa Cruz’s Picnic Basket to craft beer and apps at San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square, we’ve got you covered. Good thing it’s just a few blocks from the Sunset District, where you can replace those walked-off carbs with a few slices of freshly-baked vegetarian pizza (.75 each) — with roasted baby Yukon potatoes, basil and pesto on an organic sourdough crust — at the no-frills Arizmendi Bakery. Wash it down with one of their seasonal house fruit sodas (). Specifically, get yourselves to Phat Matt’s BBQ for Texas brisket, Memphis ribs, North Carolina-style pulled pork and more. Get the 2 Way Plate Combo (), which comes with two sides and bread, or a juicy pulled chicken sandwich for each of you (.50).
Viv makes all her own tropical fruit syrups, such as guava, passion fruit and pineapple, with organic fruit whenever possible. Located two blocks from the plaza, this intimate hall features 10 fabulous independent eateries, including Vietnoms, Habana Cuba and fan fave Pizzeta 408, which churns out authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas. Share a waffle-cone sundae stacked high with distinctive seasonal flavors — lemon pie, banana peanut butter, cantaloupe sorbet — and finished with hot fudge and whipped cream. Even better, you can grab a post-hike seasonal bite at Presidio Palms Cafe.
Don’t forget to top it with handmade mochi and Whether you’re fresh off a water taxi or hitting the square for window shopping, head over to San Francisco Brewing Co. The new 12,000-square-foot craft brewery and restaurant offers 5-ounce pours of every beer, from Alcatraz Amber to Presidio Pils, for each. Split the hearty Three Little Pigs () made with caramelized onions, housemade hot fennel sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto cotto and more. From the same team behind Presidio Social Club, this casual spot features reasonably-priced and freshly-made soups, salads and sandwiches.
Everyone knows it’s ridiculously expensive living in the Bay Area.
Everything from the cost of housing to gas is pricier than in most other areas of the country.