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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

Day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine

Rain, rain, go away! Five fabulous San Francisco sweet chocolate-covered ideas to banish the blues.


Confused by chocolate? Do you die for Godiva? Do you go for TCHO?  Perhaps you prefer San Francisco’s classic, plump, chocolates from the all-time favorite See’s.

Try these Five San Francisco Sweets on for sighs…

1. Try truffles: Try North Beach’s treasure – XOX Truffles home  of  rich, delicate truffles with27  flavors to choose from and totally addictive. Sweetly perched on Columbus Avenue across from the City’s stellar Graffeo Coffee.

2. Banish the Blues at the Candy Store: San Francisco’s premiere candy boutique with a wall of chocolate to choose from is aptly named, The Candy Store Located on Vallejo Street  at Polk Street will dazzle you with the finest selection of yummiest candies “… one-of-a-kind boutique features old-fashioned candy jars, shelves stocked with the finest confections from around the world, and nostalgic treats you probably haven’t seen in years.”

3.  Chocolate Mecca: San Francisco’s Original Chocolate Boutique: Chocolate Covered on 24th Street. Famous for chocolate from all over the world and  lovely samples. Amble in and sample the earthly delights.

4. The jewel in the City’s carb crown is Dynamo Donuts and Coffee. Tongues are wagging and people are salivating over the much talked about $3.00 (yep) donuts at Dynamo in the Mission District.

The Chocolate Rosemary Almond donut is a sell out- as is the unique Lemon Pistachio donut. People call-in orders for the oddly popular Maple Glazed Apple Bacon donut. If you are going to eat donuts- then go to the Best in the City: Dynamo Donut – a very happening place. Your date will be impressed.

5. Since you are in the neighborhood – down the block from Dynamo is another marvelous Mecca for sweets- the ice cream store extraordinaire: Humphrey Slocombe. Want the best coffee ice cream date ever? Try the delicious Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee ice cream. Click here for the recipe

Each day the dozen gourmet and unusual (Foie gras, really?) ice cream flavors change.

Seeking the chocolate bible?

The Chocolate Guide North America Version The Chocolate Guide is a must for chocolate lovers and…and gift-givers looking for unique presents for their favorite cacao connoisseur. Beautifully designed and illustrated in ebook format.

Wanna Mocha Difference? Three Twins- the ultimate Organic ice cream  perfectionists – make a Coffee, Chocolate creamy (yes: Mocha Difference)   ice cream you will adore…



SCOOP: Poco Dolce located in the now hip, groovy, haute Dogpatch – where, a few years ago-  locals would never think of going- is Divine and tres cher Chocolate…

Top Ten Spring Date Ideas: San Francisco

Early Spring is in the air and San Francisco is alive with unique, cool, and extraordinary great-date-sites:

  1. Jean Paul Gaultier: See the Multi-Media, Multi-Fabulous Exhibition at the DeYoung- “from the sidewalk to the catwalk” – Gaultier’s exhibit  is beyond compare. Go early – stay late.
  2. Best all-time, most scenic, walk: venture across the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge; or explore the hills and dales of Golden Gate Park – revel in an explosion of beautiful spring flowers and colors
  3. Best elegant brunch date: the famed Big Four Restaurant  at the Huntington hotel Smile when you say, Mimosa.
  4. Best comfort food, cooked at home, dinner date: Ciao, Baby!  My Nonni’s Italian Raviolis and Meat Sauce
  5. Best rooftop date restaurant with a spectacular view of San Francisco at the exotic Medjool
  6. Best place for climbing the wall together-  Planet Granite  
  7. Best vegan and unique restaurant – ” far out”  in the Avenues- for a hot date Outerlands. Later:Walk to Ocean Beach
  8. Best beginner yoga for couples: The Mindful Body  Stretch a lilttle  and check out all classes with ‘Dee B’. You’ll love her.
  9. Best place for an awesome burger date (expensive) – Lark Creek Steak at Westfield Center
  10. Best place for a coffee and tres gourmet donuts rendezvous: Dynamo donuts (Glazed maple Apple Bacon? Yes!)

BONUS: Looking for a Great Show? Seek out the Best downtown Saturday night Entertainment: Blues performerEarl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors Biscuit and Blues at Union Square.

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