Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in San Francisco!
A classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. That’s tricky at the moment with current regulations due to the pandemic, however, one of the most accoladed restaurants in San Francisco is finding a clever workaround. Atelier Crenn, a French restaurant with 3 Michelin Stars and an award-winning female chef, is finding ways to bring its cuisine to you. With one of its to-go experiences, you’ll pick-up a gourmet selection of food and then log onto their website for assemblage and plating instructions.
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Grubstake Diner is the place to go. It’s been serving American and Portuguese cuisine inside an old train car since the 1960s. Like any diner, their breakfast options are decadent, but you’ll have to have breakfast for dinner because they don’t open until 6:30 pm. If you and the gals want to meet up in the evening for some drinks and land there later, they’re also a perfect spot for some late-night snacks like mozzarella sticks and wings -they’re open until 2 am.
West Bluff Picnic Area
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa! For the best location, have your gal pals meet you at West Bluff Picnic Area. You really can’t beat the views of the Golden Gate Bridge from this grassy area. And with restrooms, picnic tables, and grills, you’ll have everything you need.
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. How about throwing it back by strapping on your roller skates? The best place to go for roller skating, due to current regulations, is outdoors. Skatin’ Place at Golden Gate Park has a long history of roller skaters enjoying the views and the nice weather. On Sundays, chances are there will be music playing and you can join in some group dances.
Museum of Ice Cream
Want to celebrate in a unique way and get some dreamy photos for your Instagram while you’re at it? Visit the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco. This pink-hued, interactive experience has fun activities and photo ops like a slide into a pool of sprinkles! Obviously, before you leave, you’ll have to pay a visit to the café for some scoops of ice cream in a homemade waffle cone.
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