Share a comforting hot beverage or a delicious treat with someone special at one of San Jose’s charming cafes and bakeries.
K-Café Patisserie & Tea House in West San Jose features delicious treats and a romantic vibe swathed in pink flowers and crystal chandeliers for an Insta-worthy Valentine’s Day date. Enjoy grilled short ribs, Wagyu beef benedict and rich buttery croissants while you sip dalgona coffee or puff cream milk teas. If you’re feeling extra decadent, the café offers a special Sweet Tower for couples, featuring a slice of cake to share alongside ten mini desserts like mango coconut mousse, lemon tarts and flan cake. Book a photo session directly with the café to make your sweet Valentine’s Day memories last a lifetime!
Fancy Flavors Bakeshop specializes in French macarons and provides a wide selection of baked goods and café drinks. Enjoy particolored cake batter-flavored treats or be bold and try an inventive flavor like durian, lychee or even Lucky Charms macarons! Owner and artisan baker Jessica has curated a Valentine’s-themed collection of sweets, including decorated macarons depicting Taylor Swift, cute animals and hearts; as well as cakes and tiramisu. Gluten-free and vegan options are also available for worry-free yumminess! Don’t forget to place your custom order with the shop for an unforgettable date night.
San Jose Candy Kitchen is the place to go for a serious sweet tooth. Wow your beloved with handcrafted delicacies like chocolate covered strawberries and bananas, buttery caramel apples rolled in toppings, pralines, homemade fudge and delicious popcorn in flavors like spicy cheddar, chili con limon and even Indian spicy masala! Enjoy a milkshake (with two straws, obvs) and people-watch in Downtown San Jose for a timeless Valentine’s Day date. Or consider throwing a Cupid-themed party and order your dessert spread straight from the experts at Candy Kitchen!ns and provides a wide selection of baked goods and café drinks. Their character macarons are almost too cute to eat!
Venture off the beaten path for a romantic day you’ll never forget…only in San Jose!
Think of San Jose’s unique Club Sportiva as a country club for car enthusiasts. The club offers a multimillion-dollar collection of luxury sports car rentals: choose from an expertly curated menu of vehicles – featuring Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and more – and take them out for a spin with your special someone. For a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience, rent your dream car at Club Sportiva and drive in style to the summit of San Jose’s Mount Hamilton, for picture-perfect sunsets and unmissable romantic views over Silicon Valley all the way to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The Winchester Mystery House, one of San Jose’s premier attractions, offers a unique spin on the traditional Valentine’s Day outing. The Victorian mansion, once the residence of Sarah Winchester, boasts curious architectural marvels including staircases that rise into ceilings and the famous “door to nowhere.” Legend has it that Mrs. Winchester, grieving for the death of her husband and child, was encouraged by a psychic to continue building on the house to appease the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle – and until her death, she did so. Over its one hundred years welcoming visitors, the house has reportedly seen numerous supernatural anomalies, earning infamy as one of the most haunted places in the United States. Take your thrill-seeking sweetie on a romantic walk-through of the house and manicured grounds of this one-of-a-kind estate.
Topgolf San Jose elevates the concept of a driving range in true Silicon Valley style with unique entertainment for golfers and tech enthusiasts alike. Hitting bays are all climate-controlled and comfy so you can enjoy watching your date tee off while you wait for your next turn. Select from more than a dozen games (no matter your skill level), including the signature “Topgolf” with its giant targets on the field as well as an Angry Birds-themed smash game and even virtual versions of famous real-world courses like Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. No need to keep score – the microchipped balls score themselves! And when you two lovebirds get hungry, you’re all set - elevated pub fare like warm pretzel bites, shrimp tacos and injectable donut holes are served alongside craft cocktails and a comprehensive beer and wine list.
Pull out all the stops for an experience you won’t soon forget.
The GrandView Restaurant invites couples to take in the stunning views from Mount Hamilton over the surrounding valley while enjoying the meal of a lifetime. Mediterranean-inspired and California-perfected, their menu sings with traditional favorites like handcrafted pastas, steak, seafood and even a house-cured salami. The GrandView focuses on local ingredients and “seed to table” sustainability, sourcing fresh produce, eggs, and grass-fed meats from its own farm just across the road. “The GrandView Experience”, a five-course tasting menu of signature dishes, offers an optional wine pairing including selections from GrandView vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Treat yourself and your love to a fantastic meal at San Jose’s historic GrandView restaurant for an unforgettable Valentine’s experience.
Le Papillon’s fine French cuisine and incredible service and atmosphere set the standard for luxury dining in San Jose. Their tasting menu boasts such delicacies as red deer loin with huckleberry reduction and golden chanterelle mushrooms and Alaskan spot prawn crudo. Treat yourself and your love to a special Valentine’s Day four-course dinner, and choose from delectable dishes like poached lobster, warm duck confit salad, Chilean sea bass and rack of lamb, followed by indulgent French desserts like chocolate marjolaine, butterscotch tarts, or a soufflé Grand Marnier for that extra wow factor.
iCHiNA is a contemporary Cantonese restaurant, known for elevating its traditional Chinese dishes with luxury ingredients. But unlike other fine dining establishments, iCHiNA offers a one-of-a-kind experience: Virtual Reality Dining. This (goggle-free!) experience pairs an eight-course tasting menu of sumptuous dishes like Peking duck, Wagyu ribeye and Boston Lobster with audio and visual effects to enhance the meal and activate all the senses. For a gift that’s both delicious and wildly imaginative, book a private Virtual Reality Dining experience and enjoy a date in true #sanjoselove fashion. Or enjoy a decadent Afternoon Tea featuring incredible sweets like malted milk chocolate rice, black sesame yuzu cake, and jasmine and peach macarons!
Keeping it casual? San Jose has a wide variety of dining options from fast casual to mellow sit-down – there is something for everyone!
Find the perfect blooming gift for your sweetheart…or take a stroll through San Jose’s natural beauty for a picturesque date.
Fractal Flora, a boutique florist shop in the Rose Garden neighborhood, offers beautiful fresh and dried bouquets, succulents, aeroponic plants and other festive arrangements for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. You and your significant other can even take part in special crafting workshops and create your own masterpiece!
Plantlush is San Jose’s Botanic Boutique - with locations in Willow Glen and Downtown - carrying a diverse variety of potted plants that will last longer than a bouquet. They specialize in California natives and drought-resistant specimens and offer free repotting with purchase of a plant and custom pots to help personalize your gift. Consider creating your own terrarium or bring your sweetie to a botany workshop onsite with local plant artisans.
The Municipal Rose Garden is a favorite local spot for picnics, photos or just a casual walk with your Valentine. The 5.5-acre park features over 180 varieties of beautiful roses – abundant and fragrant thanks to the gorgeous San Jose climate – all free of charge to explore. Enjoy the verdant lawns and colorful blooms with the one you love.
Sometimes the best things in life are free, and the great outdoors are the perfect venue for your romantic adventure. Take advantage of San Jose’s many open spaces and hiking trails for a scenic romantic stroll.
Complete the experience! Make it a romantic getaway (or staycation) by booking one of San Jose’s amazing hotels.
Hotel Valencia Santana Row enjoys a privileged position in San Jose’s shopping mecca, with romantic options to enhance your Valentine’s Day getaway. Their Romance Package includes luxury accommodations for two, a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, and breakfast in bed for two with mimosas. A short drive from San José Mineta International Airport, Hotel Valencia is central to Santana Row, a collection of shopping and dining establishments perfect for strolling with someone special. Enjoy Valentine’s dinner with a modern twist on a classic: the “unruly tapas” at Oveja Negra, the hotel’s upscale restaurant with a semi-private, open-air terrace.
Hayes Mansion, Curio Collection by Hilton’s sprawling grounds and beautiful, comfortable rooms and suites are an enchanting choice for a romantic getaway with your true love. For a lavish Valentine’s Day sojourn, book their exclusive romance package, “Love Days at Hayes”, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries and a special late check-out time. Everything you need is here, from the tennis and pickleball courts to the sparkling outdoor pool, open year-round. Enjoy delicious California cuisine and handcrafted cocktails at the Palm & Ember patio, overlooking the hotel’s historic grounds and California Mission Revival-style architecture. And if you prefer a Valentine’s bash with your friends, check out their Galentine’s Murder Mystery Dinner, featuring a delectable three-course meal served alongside a series of clues and intriguing characters as you solve a thrilling mystery with your besties!
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