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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 #62 of 377 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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Woodland Hills, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Walking/ trollying along Powell street is so much fun, especially if you like shopping, people watching, and spending $$. Pop into a nice hotel for a drink and a view from a top floor (and rest your legs too). There are some nice retail shops along Sutter as well. There is a homeless problem all over the city, especially Union... More

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Mamou, Louisiana
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100 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Plenty of fine eating also. Homeless make things a little uncomfortable in the evenings. It is a shame.

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Houston, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My sister and I sat and had some coffee at Emporio Rulli in the middle of Union Square. It was definitely worth our time. We enjoyed the people watching, the view and the great coffee. While we did not do any shopping, Union Square seemed to have any store one could want to visit, especially high end.

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Canada
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264 reviews 264 reviews
141 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have visited San Francisco many times and always stay in union square. The westin st. Francis amazing hotel. Westfield mall, Macy's, nordstrom rack, Marshall's, and all the restaurants. Eat at the diners, best place for breakfast. If you like to shop thus is the best area. The Bart station is below Westfield Mall and easy to get to airport.... More

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San Francisco, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great location to people watch and sightsee. Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, etc. in the area make it worthwhile to visit. Union Square itself is very pretty especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Do not miss the tree lighting ceremony on the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving. Try to park in the garage under Union Square or 3 to 4 blocks away. Restaurants... More

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Solihull, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

In San Francisco this is where it's all happening - it's filled with shops after shops after shops Directly in Union Square there is a open area with Palm trees and places to "watch the city" go by - all the major convenience stores are in this area Make sure you visit the Westfield shopping centre which is just off... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The heart of SF and appears to be where everyone is at. The streets particularly around the cable car turntable are packed throughout the day. Worth a visit but and a fair bit of shopping and restaurants around but will soon find yourself wanting to go somewhere quieter!

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Pleasanton, California
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270 reviews 270 reviews
165 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is the heart of the city, kind of like Red Square in Moscow, Piazza San Marco in Venice or Times Square in New York. If there are no big events going on, it's still a great shopping area and it's close to many tourist attractions, so pretty much a must visit for every tourist.

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Timaru
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Previous positive reviews must be from people who have not travelled far, because we have found this place very disappointing, there was nothing to make me want to return. The homeless were plentiful, even one man was defaecating openly on the pavement in front of us! Joan

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Paris, France
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a nice place near the Market St which is the main shopping street in SF..Lots of shops and restaurants but be careful as this area isn't the safest at times!

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