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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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Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Description: 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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Would have liked it better if not so dirty. I know that sounds snobbish but trash and homeless everywhere went over st Patrick's day and they had a parade which was amusing

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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113 reviews 113 reviews
28 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Would have liked it better if not so dirty. I know that sounds snobbish but trash and homeless everywhere went over st Patrick's day and they had a parade which was amusing

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35 reviews 35 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

It's one of the major tourist attraction! The central spot for shopping and fun / food places! Yes, you can watch the cable car rides in the city. A nice place to be .. if want to step in the heart of the city.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

If you are unsure on where you should stay while in San Francisco, then Union Square is the best place, its centrally located with easy access to all of the many attractions that is on offer in San Francisco. In addition to this unlike other areas where people stay while visiting, there is always something going on and there are... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Don't bother waiting for an hour for the tram to get there. Don't even bother walking there. Disappointing.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Everything happens from or at Union Square. There are art works on display, sightseeing tours depart from here & there are many other activities in and around the square. I would suggest booking a hotel in the vicinity of the square. The cable car runs past the square to Fishermen's Wharf. China Town is also not too far from the... More 

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Englewood, New Jersey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Union Square is located in the heart of all there is to shop and eat in San Francisco. We came from our hotel to see the wonderful art work on display in the park, as well as the fanfare around street musicians. It was a wonderful experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

What a great and central area with lots and lots of shopping and also restaurants! There is so much to see and a lot of name brand stores as well as boutiques.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

In and around this area are name brand stores, fine dining, and people watching. There are many hotels in the area and cable car access as well. On a weekend, expect to long lines to board the cable car. There is a turning point at the end of Powell street which attracts many tourists. This is a great location to... More 

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61 reviews 61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Nice place to visit, many stores close! A great tourist sight seeing in San Francisco, easy access with cable car and close to market street!

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We stayed right near Union Sq (at the Stratford) and found this area pretty cool. A great range of shops and restaurants, plus the pleasant noise of the old cable cars going up and down the street. There was nothing going on in the actual square during out 3 day stay so it was a little lifeless so maybe pick... 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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