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Top 15 Best Ideas for New and Unusual Dates: San Francisco


If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco.  If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.  William Saroyan

Bad dates are dime a dozen.

Great dates should be inspired, creative, and fun. The old, “Meet me at Starbucks,” is bland and boring.  Take it up a notch and get creative- go native, son! Jump on a trampoline, party with the people at the Bay to Breakers, try a Flight-of- pies…

Here are the Top 15 Best Ideas for New and Unusual Dates

in San Francisco

  1. Best slice of pizza date: Nizarios On Geary Boulevard
  2. Best coffee and pie date: Park Chow near Golden gate Park
  3. Best run, run, as fast as you can: Bay to Breakers on Sunday
  4. Best Blues show: Earl Thomas – Saturday night at Biscuit and Blues
  5. Best trampoline date: House of Air in the Presidio
  6. Best hang out in the ‘hood: explore West Portal – have lunch, see movie, shop, walk to the beach.
  7. Best what music do you like date: Amoeba Records on Haight
  8. Best speakeasy date: Bourbon and Branch
  9. Best long walk on the beach: Ocean Beach at Fulton Street
  10. Best donut and coffee date: Dynamo Donuts
  11. Best French bakery- latte and croissants division: Tartine
  12. Best beginner dance class- West Coast Swing division- Kelly Buckwalter
  13. Best eye exam date:  Site for Sore Eyes in West Portal ($59)
  14. Best sweetheart date: The Candy Store on Vallejo at Polk Street.
  15. Best Oh, you kid! Toy store date: The Ark on Sacramento Street

San Francisco is cool, hip, fun, diverse – you have no excuse to be anything but the same – get out there and have fun!

“San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.” –     Duke Ellington



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I’ve got it bad, and that ain’t good, it’s fabulous! I’ve had more dates in 2015 than I had before I was married. I’ve met Tom, Rick, and Larry, and 20 other guys. I’m having fun sampling the wares on and OKCupid. After my dry, boring marriage, dating is fun! I have learned a lot about Dating at 50 (I’ am 47)  from your column, thanks! Sheila

Dear Sheila,

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You are experiencing “post divorce euphoria” and tripping the light fantastic dating game. This too shall pass. I hope you find your knight in shining armor. Remember to slow down and smell the roses, my peripatetic reader. We’ll talk.

Love, Page

Dear Page,

I’ve been off and on for five years. I can’t handle the hunt, dead end dates and the disappointment for more than three months at a time. I have to admit I met some “nice” women, but, they could be my sisters – nice but no chemistry.

I used those San Francisco matchmakers was out $5000 and met the same women I saw on at a different price point. Help. Maybe I just need a good pickup line?

Prince not so charming

sad manDear Prince not so charming

Don’t give up. And props to you for trying! The dating game can be a dream or nightmare. Try this one on for size – when you meet a woman that you’re somewhat interested in, say, “Would you have time to meet for coffee?” Let me know how that works for you.

Love and peace, Page

Dear Page Larkin

X and I had three dates. I took her to dinner, to Biscuit and Blues, and dancing at the Top of the Mark. Now, she won’t answer my text, calls or e-mails. I thought she might be ill, and then noticed she’s back on

Bummed in Berkeley

Dear Bummed in Berkeley,

You are both gracious and generous. She is not. S.I.N.T.I.T.U. (She is not that into you) Best advice: Move on. The best is yet to come.

Love and peace,


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Page Larkin’s Best of San Francisco 2014

Here Are My 2014 Best of San Francisco Tips, Scoops, Ideas, 
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Zap it, map it, print it, share it, keep it in your glove-box and use these “Best of San Francisco” scoops, tips and ideas- Enjoy the ride.

Best French Restaurant: La Folie

2316 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94109 (415)-776-5577

Best Yoga/Massage: The Mindful Body

2876 California St San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 931-2639

Best Candy, Sweets and Treats: The Candy Store

1507 Vallejo Street San Francisco, CA 94100

Best Saturday Night Date Blues shows on Union Square: Biscuit and Blues- seek out Earl Thomas- Last Saturday of the month.

Best Bookstore: Green Apple Books

506 Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 387-2272

Best Toy Store/Adult: Good Vibrations

603 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 522-5460

Best Need a Make-over? Best Hair Salon: Jackson Place Salon with Liz

633 Battery St San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 399-1044

Best Pie and Coffee Date Place: 2316

1240 9th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 665-9912

Best World’s Fair Calibre Palace Date Place: The Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123 415) 563-6504

Best Sell Your Gold: San Francisco Gold Buyer

255 West Portal Ave San Francisco, CA 94127 (415) 566-1111

Best Walgreens in the City: Franklin Street at Post St

1301 Franklin St San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 775-6706

Best Knife Sharpener in the City: Galen at Town Cutler

1005 Bush St San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 359-1519

Best Need Furniture for New Nest? Best Consignment Store: Design Plus

333 Folsom at Eighth, San Francisco, CA

Best Tenderloin Dive Bar: The Ha-Ra Club

875 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94101

Best -All the rage- Bakery b Patissiere

2821 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415 440-1700)

Best Wedding Photographer: Christopher Briscoe

287 4th St Ashland, Oregon 97520 (541) 488-2005 (Simply too cool not to mention)

Best Moving in Together? Best Moving and Storage: Cunningham Movers

1250 Van Dyke Ave San Francisco, CA 94124 (415) 854-0524

Best Volvo Repair Auto 280

1315 Ocean Ave San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 333-8622

Best Couples Massage and Facials: Chez Shivy

350 Lawton St San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 566-8316

Best Chain Bakery owned by Starbucks: La Boulange – (multiple Bay Area locations)

Best Great Date with Pomme frites, French 75’s and Oysters ‘on the half’: Absinthe

398 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 551-1590

Here and now is the time to play in San Francisco. Remember, play is not a luxury – it is a necessity.

Say, ‘Yes!’ to every single invitation, and to go outside and play.


Top 12 Best of San Francisco Hot Spots

photo_378_20051108-1New to town and  looking for real San Francisco Hot Spots?

Wondering  where do the locals go: Nopa, Soma, Sonoma?

Note: We don’t trip the light fantastic at the Zoo, Pier 39 or Fisherman’s Wharf…

 Here are a dozen Great Date Ideas for fun in the City



  1. Best slice of pizza date: Nizarios On Geary Boulevard
  2. Best coffee and pie date: Park Chow on 9th Avenue near Golden Gate Park and Lincoln
  3. Best Blues shows on Union Square: Saturday nights at Biscuit and Blues– seek out Earl Thomas- hot!
  4. Best trampoline date: House of Air in the Presidio
  5. Best Tuesday Night Romantic and Chanting – an enchanted evening – Taize at Trinity Church with the red door…
  6. Best ‘What kind of music do you like?’ date: Amoeba Records on Haight Street
  7. Best Speakeasy date: say the magic word at Bourbon and Branch
  8. Best Long walk on the beach: Ocean Beach at Fulton Street – brisk, breezy, romantic
  9. Best Gourmet Donut and coffee date: Dynamo Donuts
  10. Best French bakery- Grab a latte and divine croissants division: Tartin
  11. Best Vision- Eye exam date:  Site for Sore Eyes in West Portal; See Dr. See ($59)
  12. Best Sweet treat- after Nick’s Taco’s on Polk Street date: The Candy Store – 1507 Vallejo at Polk christs

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