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“There are much more interesting things to see in San Francisco”
Review of Union Square

Union Square
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Walking Tour of Union Square and Chinatown
Ranked #57 of 544 things to do in San Francisco
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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.
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Overland Park, KS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“There are much more interesting things to see in San Francisco”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed 4 nights in a hotel located in the Union Square area. It was conveniently located in terms of using the subway, buses, and cable cars to get to other destinations, and that’s really what it ended up being for us. After scoping out Union Square, we spent most of our time in other parts of the city. One thing in addition to easy access to transportation that we enjoyed, were the many talented street performers out in the later evenings and nights in Union Square.

Aesthetically, Union Square is a neat urban area with beautiful buildings. But…most of these beautiful buildings house big chain stores that I can shop at home. Also, the couple of restaurants we tried while in the Union Square area were disappointing.

I hadn’t anticipated the level and frequency of aggressive panhandling or the number of loud religious zealots with mega phones who target the parts of Union Square that tourist frequent (such as the line at the cable car turnaround). We found their constant presence exhausting and sometimes intimidating.

Visited March 2013
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San Luis Obispo, California
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“Union Square”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Large space in center of City's retail district. In December it has a large, decorated Christmas tree and a skating rink.

Visited December 2012
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Tacoma, Washington
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“A square is a square is a square”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

As squares go this one is nice and pretty clean. Lots of high end shopping all around and close to the China Town gates

Visited March 2013
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London
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“Union Square, scenic, interesting history and lots of places to shop!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

The square was a little smaller than I expected, but it looked really good. Read about it online before the visit. Great shopping area, all the big shops are there close to the square. Watch out for the crowds. The tram passes right by it.

Visited March 2013
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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Shop till you drop!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Stayed right beside Union Square at the Hilton in January and was a very nice area to walk around. The square had a skating rink set up and nice atmosphere to hang out and have a coffee. There are plenty of shops for all budgets, tons of name brands from upscale to bargain shoppers. Plenty of restaurants to choose from in the area as well. Good way to spend an afternoon.

There are some shady areas near Union Square so be prepared for quite a few panhandlers and homeless people.

Visited January 2013
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