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Union Square

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Address: Bordered by Powell, Stockton, Post and Geary Streets, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone Number: 415 391 2000
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A shopper's paradise, this bustling square near the theater district has...

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.

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Great atmosphere at Christmas time!

We had a day in San Francisco about a week before Christmas, before we headed off to Lake Tahoe. Union square had the massive Christmas tree and ice skating rink there. It was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago

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51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a day in San Francisco about a week before Christmas, before we headed off to Lake Tahoe. Union square had the massive Christmas tree and ice skating rink there. It was a great atmosphere with lots of people around. Around the side of Macy's they'd closed a road, put artificial grass over it and laid on free children's... More 

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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 nights in San Fransisco and visited Union Square. Within Macys you'll find a Cheesecake factory that serves the best steaks ever. Facing Macys is a seating area where you can sit with a nice hot chocolate take away and people watch. Lovely garden area where you can take in the sights and sounds of San Fran.

Thank ShelbySJ
Ontario, Canada
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259 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a bustling tourist mecca focussing on a large open space plaza surrounded by endless and restaurants. There is currently construction around the plaza so not as enjoyable as it could be right now. To the north of the plaza is the Gates to China Town, to the west are the historic cable car rides (Powell Street), to... More 

Thank StanleyandMarie
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is like the heart ofall the tourist attractions either going in or coming out, it got the shopping, restaurants (a plenty of them ) with Asian, Western, middle East. n more. The starting point of the famous Cable Cars (Powell Street) station whoch is also both MUNI an BART stations combined. Therefore if you happened tp be staying around... More 

Thank Ann C
New York City, New York
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302 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a nice spot in the heart of San Francisco. You'll find Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and lots more upscale retailers around the square. The central square has entertainments sometimes as well as art fairs. It's a great spot in SF, but be prepared for a massive population of homeless people and panhandlers. It's infamous for that. They... More 

Thank ClintPage
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's worth having a look around here. If you can afford it, you have all your major department stores, Saks, Macys, etc or if you're on a budget, its still a nice place to work around with many shops and cafes. Theres also a tram stop not far from here. Its a small square in the middle of a busy... More 

Thank snsimmy23
Tucson, Arizona
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1,198 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I find this large central plaza near Market Street to be a good place to stop and rest for a while when shopping in the city. It offers benches and a cafe with outside seating. Architectural details include lawn terraces and four corner entrance plazas. The one at Post and Powell features appropriate artwork -- a big, red heart with... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If San Francisco has a "Times Square" equivalent, Union Square is it. Almost like the heart of downtown SF, this square is filled with shops, restaurants, and you guessed it...cars. However, unlike its New York counterpart, Union Square is extremely cramped for both pedestrians and cars alike, and does not truly have an unique character that distinguishes from any big... More 

2 Thank Jay Y
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our hotel was right next door to Union Square, so tended to spend a fair bit of time here. Macy's was my go-to shopping store and enjoyed going up to the Cheesecake Factory at the top with stuffing views over the square. At night there were buskers entertaining passers-by and gave the area a fun and contemporary vibe.

1 Thank Susan N
Winnipeg, Canada
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155 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Union Square area with my mother on the afternoons of July 29th and July 31st. Union Square is centrally located in the bustling downtown area of San Francisco. It is close to Chinatown, the underground BART train station, cable cars and other attractions. We walked around throughout the area and although I enjoyed wandering downtown in amongst... More 

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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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