5 San Fran Dates You Knew Were Cool Before Anyone Else

January 11, 2020

San Francisco: the happy, hill-y, hipster hub of the nation. Home to hybrid cars, endless bikers, and loads of beanies, every bend and mountainous rise in pavement is full of culture and character.

But the hipster scene can be tough -- with so many people out there trying to to forge their own path, even the artsiest of artsy things can slip into becoming the dreaded “mainstream.” There can only be so many hoodie-wearing, camera bearing people walking around on the street before it just becomes commonplace.

But don’t let this be true for the SF dating scene. Sure, a sail on the Bay or a hike through the woods might seem like an “out of the box” idea at first, but trust us, every entrepreneur-techy-startup person in SF -- and there are a ton of them -- has been there, done that.

Relationships are hard, especially in San Fran where the these techy types like to spend more time coding and building businesses than building relationships. But with the right date, you’ll find the right boo thang in no time. So let us help you with a list of dates you can claim you knew were cool before anyone else. Sayonara, San Fran Bay sail.

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    Russian River Kayak Tour

    Looking for a break from all that wine tasting? This guided kayaking paddle down the Russian River ought to prove just as intoxicating, and a little easier on the head! You'll paddle a scenic stretch of the river that includes several Class 1 rapids, easy to navigate for all ability levels! These rapids add a little splash of excitement to the journey, perfectly paired with the lulling effects of the beautiful landscapes along either bank. You'll pass by vaunted vineyards, meadows, and Redwood forests! You'll also have the chance for a quick dip at several spots along the way, and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch. A typical menu might include yummy sandwiches, pasta salad, local organic greens, seasonal fruit, and -- of course -- dessert! After this little joy ride, you're going to need a glass of wine.
    Russian River Kayak Tour

    13839 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg

    • Indulge in a guided kayaking excursion as you paddle down the Russian River
    • Take in stunning vineyards and rolling hills along the way
    • Stop at a riverside beach to swim and devour in a delicious lunch
    • Enjoy a low-maintenance adventure that includes easy Class 1 rapids
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    Thai Cooking

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    Do you ever get that insatiable craving that nothing else but Thai food can satisfy? During this three hour class, any Thai lovers dream, you will learn simple and practical Thai meal preparation to recreate great tasting food right at home! Go over the best local markets to purchase fresh ingredients, as well as the top brands for Thai spices, vegetables, rice, and other ingredients. Get experience chopping, peeling, and mixing a variety of ingredients for a few separate dishes. And of course, no Thai cooking class would be complete without a crash course of rice and noodle cooking! Practice your wok skills, adding the spices and ingredients in the correct sequence and time. The best part? At the end of the class, you'll get to enjoy a sit down meal, and savor the fruits of your labor!
    Thai Cooking

    439 Guerrero St, San Francisco

    • Learn practical and flavorful Thai meal preparation
    • Get experience chopping, peeling, and mixing a variety of ingredients
    • Uncover the best local markets to purchase fresh ingredients, as well as the top brands for Thai spices
    • At the end of the class, sit down to enjoy the delicious fruits of your labor
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    Perfume Making

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    You don't have to be a celebrity to create your own personal fragrance! During this class, you will enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide as you begin to understand the design and construction of a fragrance. Once you've learned the basics, begin designing your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends, and including as many elements as you desire. Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks, as your perfume will be made up right then and there!
    Perfume Making

    897 Independence Ave, Mountain View

    • Learn how to custom make your own personal fragrance during this perfume making class
    • Enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide to learn basic fragrance design and construction
    • Design your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends
    • Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks
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    Three Cheeses in Three Hours

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    Question: What's better than one cheese in one hour? Three cheeses in three hours, of course! Learn to make three distinct and delicious types of cheese -- mozzarella, chevre, burrata -- in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop while enjoying a fun sampling of economical red and white wine! This three-hour class walks you through the history of cheesemaking, important facts about milk quality, and differences, as well as the complex biology and chemistry behind turning milk into tasty curds and protein-rich whey. The experience will begin with a demonstration in time-delay fashion of how to craft a fresh, tangy goat cheese, along with tips to make your goat cheese appear like several different types of artisanal cheeses through various preparation techniques. Then, you'll finesse a gallon of milk over the course of the class into rich, stretchy mozzarella. Enjoy some of your finished mozzarella and turn the rest into creamy, dreamy burrata, the molten lava cake of the cheese world. Acquire the confidence and knowledge to reproduce the same results at home and leave with a new appreciation for the magic that is cheese.
    Three Cheeses in Three Hours

    2323 Broadway, Oakland

    • Discover the magic of making cheese at home in this hands-on workshop
    • Sample wine while you learn and socialize with fellow cheese lovers
    • Learn to make fresh chevre, mozzarella and burrata while indulging in samples of each
    • Leave with a new appreciation for cheese and the knowledge to reproduce the same results at home
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    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    New to San Francisco and don't know where to go? Or maybe you've always lived in the city, but never had the time to explore. True to the Californian nature of going green, hop on a bike and take this iconic tour through SF! You will start in Fisherman's Wharf, one of the only true ones left in America. As you cycle along the coast, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions, dolphins, and military forts, as well as some of San Francisco's most elegant neighborhoods! Then you'll bike over to the Golden Gate Bridge, where -- no shame! -- you can be as touristy as you want. Past the bridge your last stop will be quaint Sausalito, a small waterside city just outside of San Francisco. So what are you waiting for? The beautiful coastline awaits!
    Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour-Electric Bike

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided tour of iconic landmarks in San Francisco on an A2B Ferber electric bike
    • Cycle along the coast starting from Fisherman's Wharf, where you'll take in the ocean breeze with the sound of barking sea lions in the background
    • Take memorable photos at the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular tourist destination in the city
    • Finally, marvel at the San Francisco skyline from the beauty of Sausalito's streets
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    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    There's more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge! By leading you through various local neighborhoods, this urban bike tour will have you realizing just how dynamic this city is. You'll explore the back alleys of North Beach's "Little Italy," and get to take photos of the Transamerica Pyramid. Then you'll hit up Barbary Coast along with San Francisco's historical supper clubs. As you bike through this area, learn about how the neighborhoods transformed from scandalous to sparkling! Channel some black and orange when you ride around the Giant's AT&T Ballpark, then venture into the Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods, each of which is a unique community with equally unique locals. Lastly, head to Nopa where you'll find the famous Painted Ladies houses of Alamo Square. From there you'll visit the Civic Center, cycle into Polk Gulch, San Francisco's original gay neighborhood, and finish up in Aquatic Park!
    Streets of San Francisco Guided Bike Tour-Comfort Hybrid

    2661 Taylor Street, San Francisco

    • Take a guided bike tour through various neighborhoods in urban San Francisco and experience just how different each one is
    • Tour the historic "Little Italy"and Barbary Coast, where you'll find the Transamerica Pyramid and San Francisco's famous supper clubs
    • Pick up some black and orange gear at the pride of the locals: the Giant's AT&T Ballpark
    • Relax on the grass of Alamo Square after a leisurely ride through Mission, Castro, and Haight-Ashbury before you wrap up the tour in Polk Gulch and the Aquatic Park
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