With our salon in Downtown San Diego, we get a lot of clients coming in before a big date night to get their hair cut, colored, or blown out. Naturally, we’ve heard of a wide range of Downtown San Diego date ideas, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites. Grab your boo, your next Tinder date, or your bestie and give one of these date ideas a go!

Take a Cooking Class

Get hands-on with date night cooking classes. Cozymeal in Downtown San Diego offers tons of fun classes to choose from, like “Pasta Fresca” and “Thai Cuisine Fundamentals”. View the class options and dates at Cozymeal’s website.

Farmer’s Market

There’s something romantic about shopping for fresh asparagus together. Downtown San Diego offers two farmer’s markets: Horton Square Farmers Market, which runs every Thursday in March thru October from 11am to 3pm; and Little Italy Mercato, which takes place every Saturday year-round from 8am-2pm and features over 200 vendors offering farm fresh produce, meat, fish, flowers, local food, art, live music and more!

Indoor Go-Kart Racing

Get your adrenaline pumping with indoor go-kart racing at K1 Speed in Downtown San Diego. Strap on a helmet and rev your engine as you compete at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. A little friendly competition can be flirty!

Sing a Karaoke Duet

Maybe the two of you have had a few drinks and now feel like Sonny and Cher. There’s always somewhere to sing your heart out in The Gaslamp Quarter with karaoke available 7 days a week at various locations. Our favorite is Karaoke Friday at Analog from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. View a full list of karaoke joints in downtown San Diego at

Go Dancing

Dancing is a fun way to loosen up with your date and express yourself. There’s nothing sexier than a date who’s confident on the dance floor. Downtown San Diego has dozens of bars and clubs to dance at, no matter what your style is. Salsa dance at Sevilla (free salsa lessons every Wednesday), line dance at Moonshine Flats, or get down to Top 40 hits at Side Bar.

The Headquarters at Seaport Village

The Headquarters at Seaport Village is an open-air market offering a range of retail, dining and entertainment venues spread throughout a heritage site– the former San Diego Police Headquarters built in 1939. There are eight great restaurants at The Headquarters. For fine dining, our favorite is Eddie V’s, offering premium aged steaks and fresh seafood in a setting reminiscent of old Hollywood glamor. For something more casual, Puesto is known for its refined Mexican street food with an emphasis on fresh, sustainably grown, all natural and organic ingredients. The Headquarters hosts various events throughout the year, so check their event calendar to see what’s going on.

Padres Baseball

PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres, is in the heart of Downtown San Diego! Even if you don’t love baseball, it’s a fun atmosphere for a date. Grab a beer, buy each other a hot dog at 7th inning stretch, and cheer on those sexy men in tight pants! PETCO Park also hosts concerts and festivals. Check out the full list of events at PETCO Park here.

The Cat Cafe

If you’re both cat lovers, The Cat Cafe in Downtown San Diego is a magical coffee shop where you can play with adorable cats while you sip on coffee or espresso. If you fall in love with one of the kitties, they’re available for adoption. Open daily from 8am to 3pm.

Take a Harbor Cruise

Take a romantic date on a yacht while enjoying stunning views of San Diego’s skyline and harbor. Dinner cruises offer food, drinks, live music, and dancing. Plus legend has it that kissing under the Coronado Bridge will bring good luck, so be sure to give each other a smooch when you cruise under. Flagship and Hornblower both offer a variety of cruises to choose from. If you want to kick things up a notch, captain your own speedboat in San Diego Harbor with Speed Boat Adventures.

Support Local Theater

Downtown San Diego has tons of live theater venues to choose from, like the historic Balboa Theatre built in 1924, the San Diego Civic Theatre, Spreckels Theater (built in 1912), Lyceum Theater, or Copley Symphony Hall. Visit to view upcoming shows.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Extraordinary Desserts

Featured on Food Network, Extraordinary Desserts is famous for its gourmet desserts, cakes, ice cream, and more. They also offer a savory lunch and dinner menu, coffee, wine, tea, and craft beers to go with your dessert. There are two locations, Balboa Park and Little Italy.

Brewery Tours

Many local breweries offer tours where you can learn about the beer-making process while sampling some awesome SD beers. Mission Brewery in East Village is located in the historic 25,000-square foot Wonder Bread brick building and offers tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm for $10 per person. The hour-long tour will show you around the facility, taking you through the process from grain to glass, and includes 5 tasters.

Coin-Op Game Room

Tired of getting dirty looks at Chuck E. Cheese’s? Coin-Op Game Room in the Gaslamp is made for adults and offers arcade games, cocktails, craft beers, and food. Challenge your date to arcade classics like Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Mortal Kombat, plus pinball machines, Skee Ball lanes and more.

Fondue at The Melting Pot

Share chocolate or cheese fondue at The Melting Pot during Happy Hour for half price at the bar, plus $6 featured cocktails and martinis. Happy Hour runs Monday-Thursday: 5pm to 6:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 4pm to 6:30pm, and Sunday: 3pm to 6:30pm.

Explore Balboa Park

Balboa Park isn’t technically downtown, but it’s less than two miles away and is too special not to mention. This National Historic Landmark’s 1,200 acres of lush gardens, walking paths, museums, Spanish architecture, recreational facilities, gift shops, and restaurants are great for a date. To learn more, visit

Prep for Your Big Date at Flirt Urban Salon

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Want to look and feel extra special for your big date night? Schedule an appointment at Flirt Urban Salon in downtown San Diego beforehand. We can touch up your roots, trim your bangs, add in hair extensions, or blow out your hair. Give us a call at (619) 501-6890.

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