Union Square

Union Square, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Union Square Reviews: 4/5

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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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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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  • Powell St • 5 min walk
  • Powell St • 5 min walk
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Ruhungrytientien
San Francisco, CA25 contributions
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It’s a must see place in downtown San Francisco. This is where sightseeing, shopping begins. It’s big open area where you can enjoy the soaking of sunshine, watch people come and go or just grab a cup coffee sit down and relax. It’s has biggest and bests department stores like Macy, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, flagship Bloomington in the near by Westfield San Francisco Center, 9 stories with 200 shops. Great for shopping. It’s buzzing & centrally located near Chinatown, Yerba Buena Garden, SFMOMA, Theaters and where 2 lines of Cable Cars begins (Powell Mason & Powell Hyde lines) just around the corners. On the corner of 4th Ave and Market, you will hear great street band playing. Union square is also a transit hub, where you can catch Bart, MUNi, street car and cable cars all within 2 blocks. If you are planning to visit San Francisco, make Union Square your first destination this is where fun begins

ruhungrytientien
Written November 18, 2021
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Mariam A
British Columbia, Canada21 contributions
I couldn't understand what the high prices were of the hotels around Union Square, thinking it was a must see while in San Fran but to my disappointment, it was crowded, filthy, and had negative aura all around the area. I walked around San Fran close to the bridge and the market, now that was something to see. I really enjoyed the walk, the energy, and learning the history of the area. I highly recommend a hotel or Band B away from the crowd, then you can Uber or walk to where you wanna go to explore.
Written March 15, 2020
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada609 contributions
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We stayed at the Hilton Hotel which was a walking distance from the Union Square. This is a good area with many department stores like Macy’s, restaurants and theatres. The park is resplendent with palm and yew trees, flowers and stone benches.

One often sights flower vendors here along with street artists and musicians. There also are a lot of pigeons.

There are a lot of homeless people in the area. It’s best to overlook them or assist them in a small way if they are not on drugs.

Munir D.
Written August 6, 2022
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,799 contributions
Whenever we visit The City, we end up on Union Square looking at the seasonal decorations. This year we chose to arrange to meet family here and it was a piece of cake. “Meet at the Christmas Tree in Union Square”

This year they had a small ice skating rink set up with holiday music playing over the speakers.
Written January 1, 2022
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,895 contributions
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Union Square is a public plaza in the down town of SF , surrounded by the plaza of several blocks & is referred as centre for shopping, eateries & theatres .
Generally a very safe area for tourist to visit & spend positive time , as it is in the neighbourhood with abundant retail therapy, not to mention the fine hotels, great meals and green space to sit outside & enjoy San Francisco’s pleasant climate .
A public place with great environment !
Written July 20, 2022
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AndreaUbok
Florida2,707 contributions
Couples
An attractive public space in the middle of an upscale shopping district With lots of comfortable spaces to sit and talk. Coffee shop, florist, ort display, musical performance & beautiful foliage.
After hours it began to get a little seedy With beggars, people screaming and cursing and others on microphones yelling about Jesus.
Written June 12, 2021
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VIPIN_GOEL_TP_Impex
New Delhi, India6,068 contributions
We went there few days before Christmas to see the big Christmas tree and enjoy the festivity. We took some pictures there, walked around in the crowd. Read the history of Union Square written there on a big pillar mentioning The Battle of Manila Bay and the Philippine American War. The skating rink was attracting lots of visitors. One can visit Macy store which has quite big collection. Car parking is just below the site.
Written March 19, 2022
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GlobeTrotterChicago
Palos Park, IL202 contributions
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Union Square is San Francisco’s high-end shopping area. My niece and I made a point of going over, since it gets great reviews. If you’re from NYC or Chicago and short on time, don’t bother. Been there done that on a grander scale. From anywhere else, give it a look and stop at the Cheesecake Factory for some cheesecake at their rooftop restaurant.
Written June 13, 2021
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Scott
San Francisco, CA4,944 contributions
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Union square is the center point for San Francisco's theater and shopping district. It's a great place to come if you just want to people-watch. The vagrant to non vagrant ratio is in favor of non vagrants here. although some of the craziest of San Francisco's crazies do make their way to Union square.

Union square is where San Francisco's Christmas tree stands. It's also a place where folks frequently execute their freedom of speech with protests and rallies.

There is a lot of history in Union square. almost every movie set in San Francisco has at least one scene in Union square. For locals and tourists alike, Google movies in Union square while standing in the square.
Written August 28, 2021
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Traveleator
Singapore, Singapore1,209 contributions
Union Square is the city center which has quite a lot of good shopping options. There are many hotels and restaurants in the vicinity. I didn't see as many homeless people as I had feared (most of them were along Market). The square isn't a beautiful sight to behold. Just a nice place to watch people go by either living their lives or vacationing like you and I. Chinatown isn't too far and deserves a visit.
Written February 20, 2020
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