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Union Square

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Address: San Francisco Shopping Districts, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: 415 391 2000
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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The centre of the city

Unfortunately at the moment Union Square is one big construction site: they are doing a new subway station. Still it's the centre of the city and a must. The shops surrounding the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to people watch. Learn about the history from the hippies of the 60's to the protests that still go on from or to there. Look around and the buildings and stores, sit and enjoy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Union Square is a vibrant part of the city. It is a great shopping district. The Westin is in a great location: close to the Powell Market Street Cable Car station and actually, for those who are fit, within walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf. The hotel itself is beautiful and has many views of the city from the elevators and... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately at the moment Union Square is one big construction site: they are doing a new subway station. Still it's the centre of the city and a must. The shops surrounding the square are all top quality. Leave your credit cards in your hotel room if you don't want to do any shopping, it's too tempting otherwise.

Thank Moniaits
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can enjoy this place with its live amusements like music , dancing , singing , its location is in the middle of downtown, finally it is very nice place

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the area is very small, but cozy, nice to sit and have a drink Coffey, but not this time around everything upside builders

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Think Herald Square NY. Tons of brand name shopping and high end restaurants. Feels very NY like. Cool place to spend some time taking in the sights.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First opened for public in 1850, the square was not very big, only 2.6 acres (1.1 ha) in the heart of SF's downtown surrounded by high-end shopping, hotels, art galleries, theatres, etc. Got its name as it was used for rallies in support of Union Army during American Civil War. The 30 m tall monument there, erected in 1903 with... More 

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is alive with all sorts of artists, vendors and shopping activities. You need to go here for the scene, history and activities. This is the central location where all activity takes place. Get on a Hop on Hop off bus and tour the city with frequent hop on hop off wherever you want to stop, all for one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is the centre point of the city with everything around - shopping place (there is a macy's right in the front of the square), restaurants, all the tours buses have a stop over here. The place has a lot of outdoor cafes and side shops for local stuff. The place gets really crowded which is not a surprise... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in a hotel right on Union Square and sadly spent no time on the square itself as it was full of homeless people many sadly with mental health problems hanging out. The shops around are great so please don't let me put you off but be warned, you will be sharing the square with a number of interesting... 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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