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Union Square

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Address: San Francisco Shopping Districts, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone Number: +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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Park at the heart of the city

Union Square is not only a park, but also offers restaurants, a TKTS discount and sales office, bike rentals, market, art market, special events, Goddess of Victory and Dewey... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Zurich, Switzerland
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Vista, California
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's kind of park, but not exactly. More of a "mini urban oasis." Places to sit, have a snack, people-watch, etc., surrounded by posh stores in beautiful, tall buildings. Absolutely unique and right on a cable car line, as if it weren't quaint enough already.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 610 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Union Square is not only a park, but also offers restaurants, a TKTS discount and sales office, bike rentals, market, art market, special events, Goddess of Victory and Dewey monument, beautiful plants, benches and places to rest and take in the view of all the hectic events happening around you. Here you can take a breather to gather your thoughts... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many restaurants and shopping in this area. Attract many tourists. At this time of year there was skating ring. Big Christmas tree. Close to cable cars. If you are here for shopping this is your place. Many hotels in the area.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

head to marshales or ross to do your cheapest shopping there its mega malls for clearances, but don't expect a friendly staff its very obvious that people working there are paid minimum wages and they hate their jobs so just roam around to find what you need don't expect a VIP treatment , also don't expect sizes so to save... More 

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Oak Hill, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area is home to high end retail and novelty shops and restaurants and bars. It is also the hub of one of the remaining cable car lines. There was a bit of construction happening, I think it's a new subway/metro station going in. It's a good place for walking around to the shops, as well as a place to... More 

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Rapid City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at a Marriott just north of Union Square. My room had a view of the square, which was nicely lite up at night for the Christmas season. First time we've seen palm trees with Christmas lights...very nice! My conference was in the Hilton, so I would walk through and pass by the Union Square. It is a nice... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fun place to visit the skating ring was set up very cool experience on a 70 degree plus day. Square was all set up with Chrismas lights, lots of high end shopping all around area.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a conference in San Fran and stayed near Union Square. It was the perfect spot with shopping and dining and easy to get to fun spots like fisherman's wharf.

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Chandler, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and had some time to fill one day on our vacation and walked around Union Square. We found the area to be predominantly high end shopping. We visited a few stores and browsed but were not in need of anything specific. For the most part, you can get... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend have both previously visited Cheesecake Factory in the states and other countries and have found the service first class, as we were in San Francisco and wanted something quick to eat, this seemed logical - sadly our prior expectations were not met. There is no room to wait and as this is one of the busiest... 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 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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