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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
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09:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 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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Great place to people watch!

Great place to shop, eat, and just hang out and watch people. You can catch the cable car, double decker tours, and any other public transportation. Definitely the hub of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to shop, eat, and just hang out and watch people. You can catch the cable car, double decker tours, and any other public transportation. Definitely the hub of the city. I have stayed in this area and Fisherman's Wharf and prefer Union Square. You will see a lot of homeless people but we were never bothered by any... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not as grand as Times Square NY but it is still a great place to hang around for shopping people watching, skating (christmas period) and the lights up n christmas decor . My perhaps sole source of compliant is lack of adequate seating to take a breather after a walk around. Union square is central and close to Galleria, Chinatown... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our visit, Union Square had built a skating rink that attracted many people (but eliminated the opportunity to relax and watch as the people walked past). This is an important center of the city, surrounded by high-end hotels, expensive shops, and usually, street performers to entertain the crowds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can catch a trolley, a bus, a taxi or just walk, but you might want to run to Union Square to catch of glimpse of all the sites to see. Macy's, Barney's, food trucks, outdoor ice skating, hotels, shops and so so so much more. It will take you all day to even try to see everything and oh... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Union Square at night during the holidays is beautiful. Macy's does a really nice job by hanging a lit wreath in every single window and the square itself has a huge lit tree and menorah. We wanted to do the touristy experience of ice skating there at night and regretted it. Although it was very affordable, the rink is small... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not as large as I would have thought but worth visiting if you like shopping as there are many shopping malls close to it

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Thank Shengjie T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere to experience, ice skating and other attractions. Expensive shopping area that has it all; from Nike to Apple to designer clothes. Highly recommended even if just for window shopping.

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Thank Shirley S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the heart of the city, where shopping is concentrated, best place to catch the cable car (there will be a line) and the center city park (good for people watching and the Christmas tree in December). SF traffic can be tough and parking more so, Uber or public transportation is recommended along with a good pair of walking... More 

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Thank Dean A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Because there's absolutely no parking, Wednesday afternoon and the place is absolutely gridlocked. Made a few passes and called it quites..... but it's a beautiful neighborhood

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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Heart of the city. Lot of shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood. The best place to catch cable car - no queues and you can have the chance to get standing place outside the tram :)

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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 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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