Last week I shared some tips for planning a surprise getaway. But what if you are planning on keeping your love local this year? I’ve got three ideas for perfect dates for Valentine’s Day or beyond.

1. Feeling like a hipster?

Take your sweetie for a sunset walk through Dolores Park and find a special spot for a cozy pre-dinner picnic. Bring a bag full of goodies: a warm blanket, some wine/cheese from Bi-Rite market, maybe some sweet tunes to set the mood. Then head over to Foreign Cinema for their Valentine Pretty in Pink Special, an a la carte menu with some delightful indulgences. Foreign Cinema has awesome food anytime, so file this away for a post-V-Day date too!

2. Envisioning an Evening in France?

We all love San Francisco, but if you’re feeling French, take your honey to Cafe de Amis and you will feel like you are dining at a brasserie in the heart of Paris. Don’t forget to get their frites, they’re amazing. After dinner take a stroll down Union Street and up to Gough & Green to the garden at Allyne Park. It’s a quiet green oasis in our fair city.

3. Want to Woo Your Valentine?

Give them the full San Francisco works: the meal and the view. Take your honey to Waterbar on the Embarcadero, which showcases the freshest sustainable seafood (I’m looking at you, oysters). Watch the Bay Bridge light show while enjoying your prix fixe dinner. Neither the meal nor the view will disappoint.

So, tell me. What is your perfect San Francisco date?

Pictures in order via 1.  2.  3. Hither & Thither 4. Ambiance SF  5. Diary of  Smart Chick  6. the Bay Lights  7.