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    Union Square: Shop till you drop

    by karenincalifornia Updated Feb 24, 2004

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    Union Square, San Francisco

    The most popular shopping area in San Francisco is Union Square. Many major department stores and national and international chains have stores in this area, so if shopping is your goal, you'll have an endless supply of stores.

    Near Union Square, you'll find Macy's, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Nike, Levi's, Banana Republic, Gap, Coach, Nordstroms, Disney, Tiffany's, Hermes, Gump's, Chanel, Cartier, Urban Outfitters, J.Crew, etc. This is such a popular spot for shopping that it continues to attract residents from the suburbs. The stores are so much more concentrated and better here than anywhere else in the Bay Area.

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    Union Square: Did I heard shopping?

    by Carmela71 Written Sep 3, 2004

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    Yes!!!!!!!!! Paradise for shoppers........

    Staying near Union square has its advantages, not only as it is central and well situated, also is full of shops (yes Stace regret it until he bough the new lenses for the camera... after that we could go shopping everywhere hehehehehe...)

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    Union Square Shopping

    by madamx Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    Heart of Union Square -- from the top of Macy's

    The area around Union Square is a shopping paradise; there is something for everyone, from middle of the road (Macy's) to high-end (Neiman Marcus and Saks' Fifth Avenue) and everything in between and beyond. The Banana Republic store is so huge I literally got lost trying to find the fitting room -- and that's just the women's section. For shoe lovers, don't miss out on the large DSW shoes -- even I found shoes to buy and I am hard to fit. Also, if you're looking for the cool and unusual in the shoe department, make a stop at Camper. Stock up on your beauty needs at Sephora. Looking for bon bons to eat in bed? make a chocolate run to Teuscher; the whimsical wrapping and boxes make them worth the high price. You can go boho chic at Anthropologie (on Market St.) and Urban Outfitters (Powell St.)

    On Maiden Lane, which is a narrow, quaint, shopping street, you can find very high end merchandise such as Sur la Table (for all your kitchen needs) or TSE (cashmere clothing) or Chanel.

    I shopped for a couple of days straight and still didn't see all the stores. Maybe because I spent too much time trying on shoes at DSW?

    If you're hungry you can refuel at the Cheesecake Factory on top of Macy's -- however go very early or very late for dinner as the crowds can get insane.

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    Union Square: Pretty Much Anything you Want!

    by leeludalas Written Jul 3, 2004

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    Union Square is a great place to shop. You can find designer clothes, great cosmetics (Sephora has a huge store here), kid stuff (Sanrio), etc. I find that anytime I go to SF I end up shopping Union Square. It's easy to walk around, but difficult to park if you are driving in.

    What to buy: Great cosmetics at Sephora, Hello Kitty stuff at Sanrio, Kenneth Cole always has some great clothing (though expensive). I like to look!

    What to pay: Depends on the shop. Sephora has some good deals. Kenneth Cole doesn't.

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    Union Square: endless choice

    by PetraG Written May 13, 2003

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    Union Square

    Around the famous place you can find many little shops and big department stores like MACY'S. Take your time to walk around and see all the great things to buy!
    A very special shop is the big Levi's Factory. Youcan buy anykind of jeans just at the place where they were born!

    What to buy: everything

    What to pay: rather expensive, but the whole city is!!!

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    Union Square: Union Square Shops & Festivals, Protests, Statues

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 25, 2008

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    Union Square has a little of everything. Antiques, theaters, and high class shops next to bums, hippies, and international festivals. Where to begin?

    I've visited the area around Union Square five or six times, and each was a different and memorable experience. I've been shopping at classy stores like Williams Sonoma and Barnes and Noble. I've been accosted by bums who both begged for money and yelled about how much they "hate Nazis" (don't we all?). I once stayed in the Kensington Park Hotel just a block from the square and enjoyed the nightlife and a few local restaurants. I also visited the Indonesian tourism festival in 2007. I recently heard some hippies yelling about how 9-11 was a government conspiracy. In May 2008 we saw some acrobatic climbing wall dancers imitating Cirque du Soleil... very impressive. The next day we saw a celebration for Buddha's birthday.

    No matter what you can count on some excitement here.

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    Union Square: Shopping in the Heart of the City

    by SteveOSF Updated Apr 3, 2007

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    There is a lot of available shopping around Union Square.

    Avoid rush hour traffic in the area.

    You can take a cable car on Powell Street.

    What to buy: You can buy about anything you want.

    Half price-same day theater tickets are available at a booth in the square.

    What to pay: Some of the more pricy stores can be found here.

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    Union Square: Shoppers paradise

    by alfredop Written May 7, 2006

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    Union Square area hosts all the finest department stores including, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. On Market Street (3 blocks from Union Square) you will find Nordstrom’s.

    If you want to get out of the department stores to shop for clothing, Union Square will impress everyone. There are tons of stores for your clothing needs anywhere from low-end to very high-end. For the everyday shopper there is a Banana Republic, Bebe, Diesel USA, FCUK, Guess, Gap, Levi’s Flagship Store and Urban Outfitters. If you are looking to splurge Union Square houses the works of some of the finest designers including the likes of Christian Dior, Gucci, Kate Spade, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Versace.

    Watch your budget!

    What to buy: Everything you ever wanted in just one blcok.

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    Union Square: Chic Shopping

    by tarced Written Aug 20, 2005

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    Turnaround at Union Square

    This area has a bevy of shopping from department stores such as Nordstrom to smaller boutiques such as Birkenstock. An incredible variety of wares sold can be found here as well: Apple computers, Williams Sonoma kitchen merchandise, the Levi Strauss store (which will custom make a pair of jeans for you), Tiffany's, and Niketown to name a few.

    A cable car line ends here so getting here is no problem at all, however, getting back on the cable car to go elsewhere can be a bit of a wait. Fortunately, waiting isn't too boring since you can watch them turn the cable cars around.

    What to pay: Most of these stores are high priced - don't expect to get a bargain!

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    Union Square: Shopping :-(

    by bugalugs Written Oct 2, 2003

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    I suppose most people visiting San Francisco want to do a bit of shopping, well that is most people except for me!!!!! I just loathe shopping. Cant think of anything more boring. But as I was with 'two men' (my husband and our son who was 11 at the time there was no avoiding it.

    Union Square has lots of shops including a Saks (as you see in the photo) and a large Nike store which thrilled our son.

    What to buy: There were also lots of places selling jeans and both bought some, as they were about 1/2 the price than we pay in England.

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    Macy's Union Square: 15% off for travelers, always!

    by heryanta Updated Aug 6, 2007

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    This is perhaps my favourite place to shop for clothes.
    My first time in SF I walked into Macy's and started going up and down the escalators for 20 minutes like an idiot looking for the men's department. Hungry, I finally shrugged and said to myself "Maybe this is a women only shop".

    The next day, instead of walking on Union Square I was walking on O'Farell and saw the sign "Macy's Men" ... Do'h!

    It is not as big as the one in New York, but also less crowded. I like it better since it means you don't need to wait 10 minutes in line to get helped. Great place to buy everyday and work clothing.
    A tip to our friends from abroad; traditionally there is always a HUGE sale one day after Thanksgiving. Since I moved to California I have started buying clothing for the next year on that morning :)

    Macy's in Union Square has more than just everyday and work clothing though; they also have many designers' collection like CK, Hugo, Guess, etc.

    Before shopping, go to their customer service and after presenting a photo ID (US or foreign) you will be given an coupon that is good for 15% discount and valid for 5 days. I have been shopping in SF and NY for the past 1.5 years with these coupons...it's great!

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    Union Square: Maiden Lane

    by Ewingjr98 Written Aug 14, 2007

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    Maiden Lane is a tiny two-block long alley extending off Union Square. Despite being next to one of the busiest shopping areas in the city, Maiden Lane has an old Europe feel with the pedestrian-only street, outdoor dining, street performers, and artwork on display.

    The history of Maiden Lane is even more interesting than its present... this was one of the city's red light districts until the 1906 earthquake cleaned the area up a little. 140 Maiden Lane was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1948.

    We stopped here for a little stroll, enjoying a few opera singers, the paintings of San Francisco street scenes, and the quiet shopping area (especially in the morning!).

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    Union Square: Shopping

    by Kevross85 Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Union square is full of shopping with Macy's and the Nike store being two of the biggest shops here. What I like about Macy's in san Fran compared to New yorks Macy's is that the male and female departments are in different stores. This is great for me who tends to get lost in big department stores between womens and mens but not here. Union square has a lot of high end stores as well which I avoided due to the trip being on a budget but for those who weren't on a budget I could see you having a great shopping experience there.

    What to pay: The spending all varies depending on your budget but one tip if your an overseas visitor is to tell the staff as we got given 30percent discount because of this.

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    Union Square: Upscale shopping - Union Square

    by Escadora7 Updated Oct 17, 2006

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    The name stems from a series of violent pro-Union demonstrations at the beginning of the Civil War; however, times have changed and nowadays Union Square is one of San Francisco's most famous and luxurious shopping areas. Stores range from Macy's to Nike-store to William Somona and many, many more. You can find a list of all stores at Unionsquareshop.

    Even if you don't like shopping, the square itself is a host to all sorts of activities throughout the year, including a huge christmas tree in December.

    What to buy: Something - Anything!

    What to pay: Union square is the more upscale area of town, so prices might be a bit higher. There's always some sort of sale to be found...

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    Union Square: Shop till you drop

    by nomadig Written Mar 20, 2005

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    Art on sale on Union Square

    Union Square is the ground zero for shopping in San Francisco. Surrounded by big department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Marcus Neimann and Macy's, and by speciality outlets, it offers more spending possibilities than your wallet can endure.

    The boutiques are mostly to east of the square, on Post, Geary and Sutter streets.

    The square itself has a small park that is nice to stroll and sit in between shopping. There is a café and theatre ticket booth on the square, too. And those of us travelling by cars can park their mobiles in underground garage below the park.

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