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Union Square

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Address: San Francisco Shopping Districts, San Francisco, CA 94102
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+1 415-391-2000
09:00 - 00:00
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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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Really Nice Central Hub

Union square was the first thing we visited in San Francisco as our hotel was nearby. It was a great introduction to the city as there were performance artists, music and shops... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was another stop along our SF tour. It was one of the few places that stood out as corporate retail compared to other areas where you would see the name brands most of us know coming from other parts of the world/country. A lot of these look like flagship stores from their size and grandeur. There was multiple metro... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 518 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Union square was the first thing we visited in San Francisco as our hotel was nearby. It was a great introduction to the city as there were performance artists, music and shops galore. It is a big, bright, busy open square and has some lovely eateries too. Great atmosphere, we really liked it.

1 Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Sin City, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OK, I know there have always been homeless here in the city, BUT holy cow!! They are literally camping all over the sidewalks in tents now!! You can't even walk down some streets on the sidewalk there are so many, and on some streets, they actually their tent set up in parking spots ON the street!! San Fransisco is getting... More 

1 Thank bu1larry
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our hotel was in Union Square, and it was like trying to sleep in an asylum with all of the homeless people screaming and shouting during the night.. Even during the day there were more nutters per square yard here than anywhere else I've been - not just the homeless people.. Overall the area is vibrant and exciting... Lots of... More 

1 Thank David H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am sorry, but this was not a "must visit" place for us. We had a two hours walk from Golden Gate Park to Union Square and it wasn't worth it. The streets were getting dirtier and dirtier when we got closer to Union Square. It was just so disappointing. I am sure there are many people who would love... More 

1 Thank György G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Any trip to San Fran should have a few hours here. The issue I have since our latest trip is that the entire area is becoming very dirty and not a great place to walk around. Human Excrement, needles and garbage on all the streets in and around it. A lot of high end shops that are too expensive for... More 

1 Thank Sheldar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to shop- tons of brands all located just a stone's throw away from each other! Check out Nordstorm rack for bargain finds! GAP was in crazy sale- 50% + additional 10% sale for all items including the regular items!

1 Thank Joanne S
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After reading reviews I expected this to be a great and fun place. I was quite disappointed to find a impermeable surface park with few stores other than a Macy's which will soon close. I would skip this destination.

2 Thank waiake1
Wallsend, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came down to union square as was staying a 5 min walk away. Has Macys, Neimen Marcus, victorias secret just to name a few. We got the City sightseeing tour which stops at union square all day. Macys is apparently the second biggest one behind New York. Def worth a look.

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Aptos, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once a year we stay at Union Square and walk to all the shops. A very relaxing weekend and great restaurants nearby. Highly recommend. Don't forget to ride the cable car.

1 Thank margiesmemories

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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 theatres 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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