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Union Square

Bordered by Powell, Stockton, Post and Geary Streets, San Francisco, CA 94123
415 391 2000
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Ranked #58 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Shops
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Owner description: A shopper's paradise, this bustling square near the theater district has everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses.... more » Owner description: A shopper's paradise, this bustling square near the theater district has everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses. After a $25-million facelift in 2002, the cosmopolitan hub boasts a huge amphitheater, granite pedestals on which street entertainers perform and a tree and flower-lined environment in which to enjoy an espresso or an elegant meal. « less
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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

There's nothing at Union Square worth talking about. Sure there are plenty of shops, but we have those where I come from too. No culture or history or architecture of any real note. Just a lot of tourists milling around and homeless people.

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Fremont, California
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1,055 reviews 1,055 reviews
643 attraction reviews
750 helpful votes 750 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Union Square is one of the biggest tourist areas in San Francisco. It is also a center for homeless - which given California weather, is a place they like to come to. Union Square used to be a special shopping center; a place where one would come to San Francisco because its San Francisco. I enjoyed shopping in the area... More

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Auckland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Busy place especially on a sunny day when people sit in the park area. Lots of surrounding shops to browse. Quite a few homeless people on the street but they seem harmless.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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142 reviews 142 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

There is a very nice coffee bar at the inner part of the square. There is a large area where they were displaying art. Quite a lot of fun to walk around and view the art as well as the people. The square is one of the few fairly level places so I was able to walk and jog around... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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102 reviews 102 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Union Square, surrounded by upscale shops and hotels, is certainly the heart of downtown San Francisco. There is always something going on in the square. On any given day you may encounter a musical performance along with an art show or some type of international street fair. Very interesting and of course the shopping cannot be beat. That being said,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My fiancé and I were happy with the hotel. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. Well located in an extremely busy section of town if that is what you are looking for. As an East Coast person visiting San Fran for the first time, I was expecting something different, more quaint. Will definitely stay near the Wharf next visit. The Wharf... More

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Portsmouth
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

A very touristy and very busy place but if you like shopping it is a must visit, there are so many shops, you can walk around the roads and there are also little cafés and few restaurants too.

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Union square is often crowded, but with plenty of space to meet friends for a day of shopping. If you have friends who are Barting in from the East Bay, or taking MUNI from the Sunset or Noe Valley, Designate a location like the stage, the statue, the Blue Heart, and meet there. From Union Square you can find almost... More

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Gainesboro, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lots of places to shop. It was ok but when I visit a city, I'm usually not there for the shopping. Lots of homeless and different people. Lots of sight seeing buses. It would be great for shopping

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kent
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Plenty of shopping here but absolutely full of homeless people and strange people wanting money. Don't ask for directions as they will want money and be careful with your belongings. My teenage son didn't like the people here as he said felt unsafe. Not a place I would come back too in a hurry. Glad I came though for the... More

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