Union Square
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Sunday
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About
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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Neighborhood: 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 theaters 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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  • Powell St • 5 min walk
  • Powell St • 5 min walk
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  • Pranav Balachandar
    Tampa, Florida110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Centre of SF
    SF's prime area to enjoy evening & night life. Gets decorated during festive seasons like Hanukkah & Christmas. The place can get really crowded at times & finding free parking around the area can be a hassle. There's a coffee shop over there & a public restroom.
    Visited December 2022
    Written March 7, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,429 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Area
    Lively area with large city plaza surrounded by high-end shopping, restaurants and the city's theater district. Beautifully decorated for Christmas in the winter with an outdoor ice-skating rink. The Cable Car turnaround is nearby.
    Visited October 2022
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Rosalie M
    Laguna Beach, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    San Francisco is still a beautiful city
    San Francisco is still a beautiful city by the bay. Don't believe what the media says. Enjoy a weekend at the Orchard Hotel on Bush Street, a very central location. Close to Union Square, Nob Hill, China Town, North Beach, Embarcadero and Ferry Building. Great Jazz at numerous hotspots, great restaurants, SFMOMA is wonderful and you can walk all over the city. Walked 9 miles in one day and didn't even realize it. Golden Gate Park is also a must. Enjoy your visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Kelvin
    Dunedin, New Zealand574 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice.
    We stopped off here while on a hop on hop off bus. The square is bustling and interesting and we as felt safe as here. We had a coffee and then just took in the atmosphere. A very nice way to spend a short time just walking around.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,771 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still Beautiful and Full of People
    There has been a lot of bad press lately about this part of the City. I found the Square to be as pretty as ever, nicely decorated with lots of flowers and some outdoor art. Lots of people around on a sunny afternoon. The architecture surrounding remains grand. The only sad feature is that so many storefronts are empty as stores have closed. Come and sit and enjoy, it's safe and beautiful.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Nicko Bondar
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic place
    I had a fantastic experience at Union Square in San Francisco. Here are excellent shops and restaurants. Its central location makes it a perfect starting point for exploring the city, either on foot or by taking the cable cars nearby. The palm trees and the surrounding architecture make this place unique. I had some concerns about cleanliness and closed storefronts, but I found Union Square to be still a vibrant and convenient destination for a memorable visit to San Francisco.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom6,835 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shopping and Dining
    Union Square was four blocks down from my hotel, and was useful for retail and dining purposes. There is plenty of choice, but tailored more to the mid to luxury budget range. I used Macy's for shopping and the Cheesecake Factory for dining.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 21, 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Union Square was four blocks down from my hotel, and was useful for retail and dining purposes. There is plenty of choice, but tailored more to the mid to luxury budget range.
I used Macy's for shopping and the Cheesecake Factory for dining.
Written January 21, 2024
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,661 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The shopping area of San francisco, but compared to other major cities around the world, lacking in some luxury names, though Goyard is here. Barney’s also closed

Some xmas vibes at the main square with the ice rink
Written December 24, 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Union Square is the centre of the shopping area in San Francisco. The square itself is interesting with a monument in the middle.
Written October 5, 2023
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Nicko Bondar
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I had a fantastic experience at Union Square in San Francisco. Here are excellent shops and restaurants. Its central location makes it a perfect starting point for exploring the city, either on foot or by taking the cable cars nearby. The palm trees and the surrounding architecture make this place unique. I had some concerns about cleanliness and closed storefronts, but I found Union Square to be still a vibrant and convenient destination for a memorable visit to San Francisco.
Written September 30, 2023
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Earnest L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great food shops and restaurants as well as hotels. Great location and availability. So much to see and do all in walking distance or take the trolley
Written September 24, 2023
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A W
21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was my 4th time to SF and this place has gone down the toilet.

Union Square, whilst never the cleanest place is now quite disgusting. Closed down shops, many more homeless people and very dirty streets. There is a feel that local government have given up completely on what used to be one of the best cities in the world.

We headed down to Fisherman's Wharf which is in a similar state. Crappy markets everywhere selling, disgusting hotdogs and other foods. Couldnt wait to uber out of there.

What on earth happened to this place. We hid in our hotel room until it was over...
Written September 15, 2023
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Eric
Boulder, CO3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Very fun square with lots of shopping opportunities! Just be cautious of pickpocketers, there are a few people trying to do that.
Written August 27, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
There has been a lot of bad press lately about this part of the City. I found the Square to be as pretty as ever, nicely decorated with lots of flowers and some outdoor art. Lots of people around on a sunny afternoon. The architecture surrounding remains grand. The only sad feature is that so many storefronts are empty as stores have closed. Come and sit and enjoy, it's safe and beautiful.
Written August 14, 2023
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Catriona
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The view and atmosphere were amazing, especially with San Francisco's year-round mild weather. Lots of stores and other attractions to tour, as well as places to walk around and take pictures. Overall, amazing vibes, I would come here again.
Written August 14, 2023
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Jholman22
Maple ridge25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
It’s a nice place to sit for a coffee, etc. surrounded by various shopping opportunities. A good photo op. Some homeless people settled there after dinner time.
Written August 10, 2023
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