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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...

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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Good place to soak up the sun

Being much more used to the spacious and bustling squares of Europe, was at first surprised at the small size of the square - literally, it was a square which had a few tables... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

We went there but it was really a fairly small square with some entertainment (Chinese dancing) going on but overall I think its just the center of the shopping district with many upmarket shops lining the perimeter. Lots of construction going on around it so hard to navigate around the area. Maybe we just went there at a poor time.... More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

You can find everything from major department stores to boutiques - as well as lots of dining choices. It has a cable car stop right on the square - so easy access and great views of most of the city. Try meals in Macy's (2 restaurants plus lots of smaller venues).

Flower Mound, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The St. Francis is the place to stay on Union Square. Then there is the SEARS Resturant for Breakfast, Catch the Cable car at this central location and go anywhere. Walk down to Tadisch for lunch and you waill be set with the 2 Best places to eat in SFO.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Being much more used to the spacious and bustling squares of Europe, was at first surprised at the small size of the square - literally, it was a square which had a few tables scattered around the area. However, the absolutely delightful weather made up for any shortcomings. The open square is splashed with the warm rays of the sun,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Union Square is so many things at once - for us it's the centre of the great shopping area of San Francisco. It has a great feel to it and great to also watch the world go by. Painting exhibition was set up in the central area today.

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We stayed right on Union Square and it is noisy but the buzz makes it a fun vacation. There are street performers and some are better than others but they add charm. We saw a free concert and it was the total San Francisco experience. There are lots of homeless in the area but you quickly learn how to navigate... More 

Belton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Lovely. Bands each night. Art displayed during the day. Nice hotels located around. Worldwide shopping located by or on side streets. Only downfall- TONS of homeless and/or beggars. In all of my trips to DC and NYC combined, I've never seen this many homeless. Although, I've been told there are more services offered in SF, I find it hard to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A nice place to sit and people watch. Some food and beverages are available here. Artists offers their works for sale. Live music at times. Expensive shopping all around you! The hop on hop off busses all stop here. The cable cars are also located here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Everything is here as far as the major USA stores go - Macy's, NM, Saks, Barney's, Bloomingdales, BCBG and so on but I didn't feel comfortable or relaxed shopping here like I do in New York. There are many homeless people evident in this area, as there are all over San Francisco, but they seem particularly high in concentration in... More 

Saltash, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Lots going on and some good shopping to be had. Sit in the little park opposite Saks and just soak it all up. You can get the open top bus and the trams from here. You do get a lot of beggars in this area so just be mindfull. They aren't menacing and will only shake a cup in your... 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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