Downtown
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Downtown is a boutique that presents the most underground designers of ready-to-wear, footwear, jewelry, bags and accessories. From Tokyo to Antwerp, Paris to Rome, our collections are crafted in very limited quantities, of exclusive fabrics and leathers, in ateliers where the work is done almost entirely by hand. Expect to discover something new and unexpected with every visit. The hard-to-find designers carried include Agatha NYC Leather, ma+, Guidi, LGB/If Six Was Nine, and Lost and Found.
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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.
How to get there
  • Montgomery St • 5 min walk
  • Montgomery St • 5 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,403 contributions
Jul 2023
I worked near downtown for many years and always got a charge out of walking around. Such a great street scene everywhere especially at lunch time and after work. But now with work from home, it is not busy. The gorgeous architecture is still here, but the dynamism is gone. It will be back, maybe even better.
Written 19 August 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,188 contributions
Oct 2022
Assuming "Downtown" is the Union Square area and Market Street, it is a busy area with high-end shopping both boutiques and impressive malls, along with restaurants and entertainment options. Homeless are everywhere but I suppose this is part of the San Francisco experience. There are much more interesting parts of the city to explore.
Written 11 May 2023
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mini
Fremont, CA179,758 contributions
Dec 2019
We webt to the downtown area of San Francisco to do some Christmas Shopping an e the Christmas decoartions.
Written 18 December 2019
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Hollie R
Detroit173 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Like ALL big cities, there's a mix of "high end" and 'homeless'. you can eat on the cheap or spend too much for too little. I enjoy the variety and the uniqueness. San Fran is easy to walk but and Uber takes only seconds (for a really low price) and there's something to see around every corner. If you haven't been here before, ask some locals (like the staff at your hotel) or search the internet and plan your route. Give yourself plenty of time to explore!
Written 22 February 2019
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JordanS8
Sarasota, FL1,548 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
For my money, when visiting ‘Frisco, the best place to stay is downtown. It is not that large a city overall so if you like to walk, by staying downtown , you are within reach of many attractions as well as great restaurants and shopping. If you prefer pandemonium, stay closer to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Written 8 October 2018
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DP49
Edmonds, WA1,550 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
We really like the city and walking is our preferred way of getting around. Unfortunately, with each visit we feel the homeless plight throughout the city appears to be growing, especially in the Financial District and along Market Street. While we consider ourselves to be very compassionate, sometimes it comes down to safety – ours. From mental health issues, to drug use to aggressive panhandlers; the homeless overshadow one’s sense of security that is exacerbated during the evening hours. Adding to the problem is the stench of human waste. Sadly, homelessness is not unique to SF but it does play a part when we make our vacation destination decisions.
Written 15 January 2018
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TERRAvelista
London, UK17,535 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
SF was probably the most disappointing US city to visit probably because they avoid dealing with this homeless issue. I am sure the homeless could change their lives if they were to be given a new chance in life: after all we all work for a house and a good meal.... and they could be re-trained to do new jobs.

On the satellite view, SF looked amazing yet on the ground it looked a bit depressing......... although finding the people very friendly and helpful.

If I was to visit it alone and not with my partner probably I would have really been put off, thank God his enthusiasm, as he keeps returning to this city, save my day!!!
Written 11 October 2017
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Clivey57
London, UK772 contributions
Aug 2017
Nice area for staying in hotel, we had the tram stops outside our hotel which is in Powell st, and this is the area for shopping, you do see many homeless people in San Fransico, this city is very expensive.
Written 6 August 2017
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721TR
Lake Ariel, PA58 contributions
Jul 2017
The city is filled with homeless using dogs as a lure for money. Witnessesed one kneeing his dog to sit down and was forcefully pushing on his back to make him sit. Meanwhile he had all of his belongings in the Starbucks which included a gaming system. The streets smell and the corners of the buildings are used as bathrooms. The city mayor really needs to step up and the stores need to monitor them from using it as there storage place. Can't wait to leave .
Written 15 July 2017
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,390 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Downtown San Francisco to me is the Union Square area, Civic Center, Financial District and SOMA. This area is home to the numerous galleries, museums, theaters and civic buildings along with some of the best restaurants in the city. Around Union square are numerous high-end stores for your shopping pleasure (Louis Vitton, Tiffany, Gucci, Chanel, Nieman Marcus and others). A great place to explore and sight see.
Written 21 January 2017
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