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- 98%Local Culture
- 96%Luxury Travelers
- 92%Family Travelers
- 70%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 64%Budget Travelers
- 61%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (196)
- Union SquareAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Nov 09, 2013
Love the city atmosphere with tall buildings, public transportation, people walking everywhere, and shops lining the streets. There's a bunch of hotels in the vicinity; if you can stay at one of these, it's super simple to find a place to eat/shop!
- Union SquareMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 18, 2013
This area of SF is the one with the closest ties to the rest of the world. Here is where you'll find brand name outlets and huge buildings full of suit-wearing employees of international companies. You'll also find some of the city's most interesting restaurants (Gitane, Farallon, Cafe Claude) and prettiest urban square (Union Square itself boasts ice skating in Winter and lots of live music year-round). It'd be easy to dismiss Union Square as too commercial and touristy, but it's just too pretty to ignore.
- Union SquareCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Oct 17, 2013
The heart of SF and shopping heaven. Gorgeous area with tons of foot traffic, great eats and street art and vendors.
- Union SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
Union Square is the major shopping area of San Francisco filled with department stores. This is the place where you shop till you drop, whether it's for clothes, home decoration, etc. It's also a good place to people watch.Recommended for:Luxury Travelers
- Union SquareMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsSep 14, 2013
Union Square is the nexus of SF's significant tourist economy: the swank hotels, the chic department stores and clothiers, the art galleries that neither you nor anyone you've ever met could possibly afford to buy from. It's a place absolutely saturated with all the trappings of upscale tourist zones the world over. Even so, there's a real beauty to walking through the place at dusk -- passing the cable-car stop at the end of Powell St, the kids in baggy pants buying a fat slice at Blondie's Pizza, a gaggle of Japanese businessmen in town for a conference, a French couple arguing over where to get 'un cafe', suits fresh out of work in the Financial District, and more than a few demonstrably crazy street people wandering in from the Tenderloin. It's a nexus for a reason: in the lights and the noise and the flood of people, you can really FEEL the life of the city here, see the madness and the diversity in it. For years, it was one of my very favorite places just to walk through for a few minutes, and really feel a PART of the life of San Francisco.
- Union SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Sep 01, 2013
Union Square is one of the main spots in SF. It is a very alive place with nice shops and hotels.It is quite large and, even though it was August, I remember I was really cold while wondering here and there. It is a wide square where it is interesting also looking at people passing by.
- Union SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Aug 15, 2013
Its reputation is greater than its reality. Surrounded by such dinosaurs as Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue and inhabited by tourists and their symbiotic parasites, Union Square is only worth a pass through for its historic significance.
- Union SquareCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 12, 2013
I love Union Square. I love looking at the buildings at night. I love listening to all the foreign languages being spoken. I love it when it's Christmas and I love it when it's not.
This is the heart of our downtown area, a great place to meet, rest or wander through the art exhibits they are sometimes held. Grab a coffee, beer or pastry at the cafe, or just sit on the steps and watch the people pass by. And during the holidays, an ice rink is built for some winter wonderland fun.