San Francisco Date Ideas: The Best Outdoor Market Datesby Jess Lander on April 29, 2013
Slip into a pair of kicks for a casual (and cheap) outdoor rendezvous at some of San Francisco’s best ongoing markets. Whether you’re a foodie, antique collector, or avid pickler, there’s a spot you’ll end up frequenting on the regular.
Perfect for a date night when you can’t agree on where you want to go for dinner, Off the Grid’s mobile melting-pot of food trucks pull from a selection of more than 100 small business vendors on any given night. Head over to any of 15 weekly markets in the Bay Area, but don’t miss Friday night’s main event at the Fort Mason Center or Sunday’s Picnic at the Presidio, which adds a farmers market, bocce ball, and unmatched city views.
There are indeed treasures to be found on Treasure Island—at least on the last weekend of every month. Ship out down the Bay Bridge and anchor at Treasure Island Flea (free parking and just $3 admission) to shop local vendors for antique, vintage, new and upcycled goods. Then grab a food truck lunch and sip award-winning wines with the San Francisco skyline as your backdrop, fog permitting.
If words like “fresh,” “locally grown,” “organic,” and “sustainable farming” strike your fancy, you’ll want to hit at least one of the 20 SF farmer’s markets. Or you could preface a “cooking dinner” date with a trip to the Ferry Plaza, which features a waterfront bazaar of more than 120 vendors three times a week.
No stressing about parking here — the first rule of Sunday Streets is no cars allowed. On select Sundays in select neighborhoods, miles of San Francisco pavement are closed off to all automobiles, allowing walkers, bikers, skaters, Yogis, and hula hoopers alike to roam free of crosswalks and toxic gas emissions, hand-in-hand if they so please.
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Open seven days a week for a lunch or dinner date, this Portland-inspired SOMA StrEAT Food Park has hunkered down to its South of Market lot and features up to ten, daily rotating truck spots, ample covered seating, music and a newly-opened beer garden. Head over on Sundays for bottomless mimosa brunch or Tuesdays for trivia.
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