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“Really? Is that all it has?”
Review of Union Square

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Really? Is that all it has?”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

For a major city, San Francisco should boast more than the tourist trap called Union Square. It was shockingly small when visited in person, with a reasonable sized garden in the center, expensive stores around the square and a lot of crowds from nearly hotels. If you have been to Yonge and Dundas square in Toronto, you have already seen Union Square. Dont expect too much and you shall not be disappointed. The Westfield Mall is a short walk away, but please do not expect to be blown away with that institution too. San Francisco just does not have the space to build expansive awe inspiring malls, or perhaps we have gotten too used to large ones and dont really care for their smaller cousins.

Visited July 2013
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Otaki, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Love this place”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Great park to sit and have a vino and watch the hustle and bustle go by.Many different races and types of people which make it great for people watching.Often there are art exhibitions and other entertainment happening.Very close to big stores especially the Levi factory shop and Macys

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“would not return”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

the actual square was quite nice but the area was full of beggars, there was group of young people letting everyone know that all Americans were going to die in the holly war. cops were dragging a guy off the ground and arresting him. restaurants were not next to the square they were in surrounding blocks. it was fine during the day time plenty of big name shops in the area, cable car but people yelled and screamed till really late in the night. our hotel was right on the square.

Visited June 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Great for Shopping”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Union Square is very nice for shopping and eating. There's Macys, Saks, and Bloomingdales for everything in between. Square itself was clean but nothing exciting...a coffee shop there. Area was a bit dodgy at night and recommend to walk during the daytime.

Visited June 2013
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2013

had to go to the levi shop for my jeans that's why you go to union square, this square has it all great shops and amazing places to eat and of course great history and views.

Visited June 2013
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