The Streets of San Francisco are so full of life and one is either going uphill or going downhill. Union Square is one of those places in SFC where people congregate.
While walking down this street near Union Square i felt pround to see our Maltese Flag Hanging out of the Maltese Consulate in S.F.C.
I've walked long ways at night in New York, Las Vegas, and Japan. For a "Touristy" area, there were alot of weird people who approached me and my girlfriend during our stay in Union Square.
One was a well dressed man who walked straight up to me and said "Can I talk to you?" (while he was like about 2 feet away intensely starring) I said "ABSOLUTELY NOT" and walked around him. Yikes!
Other times I've had people stare or bother me for $ repeatedly.
Unless you are in a group of people during the night hours at Union Sq. I'd stay in your hotel or travel by car.
This is perhaps one of the city's most upscale areas. Nearby are some glamorous shopping locations such as Saks Fifth Avenue. You also have some of the city's finest hotels such as the Fairmont and St. Francis nearby. The square is not far from the Powell Street BART station and where one of the historic cable car routes begins. Notice the palm trees in the square. They are part of an attempt to make San Francisco seem more "tropical". True, it never gets extremely cold here, yet I would not say this is in a tropical zone either.
Union Square is the heart of the city's shopping district. Many of San Francisco's largest department stores can be found here, names like Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Levis. On the west side lies the famous Westin St. Francis hotel. The square is named after the big pro-Union rallies that were held here during the Civil War of 1861-1865. In the center of the square there is a statue of Victory, on top of a tall column. It's called the Dewey Monument, which commemorates Admiral Dewey's victory at Manilla during the Spanish-American war of 1898. The square has been redesigned recently; now it's almost only concrete and stone, with a few green touches. There is one caffe in the square where you can buy a coffe and sip it in the sun while enjoying the display of architecture around you and the people going by. On weekends local artists display their paintings here.
If you love to shop or window-shop, take a stroll up and down Union Street (in the Marina District).
Don't confuse this with famous "Union Square", located downtown (also worth visiting).
One advantages to staying in a hotel in the Marina District is having access to this wonderful street.
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For shopping and dining! There's international brand labels, high class designers, department stores, good places to eat. Just walk around and explore!
It's near to Chinatown too, so you can go have some dim sum for lunch! :P
For shopping, the major department stores and specialty stores are located on Union Square. The theatere district is located nearby and most of the good historic hotels are also located on the square. Take the union street street car from union square to the pier area or the financial district.
Union Square has just received a $25 million facelift. For a review of the history of Union Square, please visit the attached link below.
Union Square is surrounded by major shopping centers and hotels. It is a cool place to sit down for people watching after shopping or dinner in the area.
Union Square is a focal point of downtown San Francisco. You'll find a bunch of upscale shops and hotels right around the square as well a major transportation hub for the city. In the center is a nearly 100 foot Corinthian column dedicated to Admiral Dewey (commander of US Naval during Spanish American War).
San Francisco's upscale shopping mecca. Surrounding Union Square are the finest hotels, restaurants and stores. Gucci, Louis Vitton, Coach, Cartier, Disney Store, Macy's, Neiman Marcus and much more. Shop till you drop or until your wallet is empty. Artisans usually ply their ware in the square on weekends.
Union Square is not quite a Must See Activity. However, it is a central spot in downtown SF -- a centre of shopping (Macy's, Saks, Neiman-Markus, etc., even the half-price theatre tickets kiosk is in Union Square.
Union Square is a very central plcae in San Francisco.
The square itself is modelled off an Italian Piazza and a good effort has been made to make this place interesting and worthy of a place to chill out in.
On one side is the St. Francis Hotel - very up market and swanky place. Don't let that stop you having a coffee inside, it's a bit pricey but very good!
Macy's is also along one side of Union Square and so I'm told is one of the best Macy's in the US. The top floor is The Cheesecake Factory :-)
The square itself has a modern feel with interesting street lighting and a monument in the middle. There are often art fairs that can help you while away some time.
This is an area in the centre of San Francisco's downtown shopping district which is filled with elegant, upscale stores selling stylish and expensive goods. A century ago Union Square was a political forum, specifically engaged in the politics of begging Californians to support the Union in the Civil War.
Every city has an epicentre, a common area that in its importance unites all the neighbourly villages comprising the metropolis. For San Francisco, it is unmistakably the retail, transportational, and hotel hub known as Union Square. So named for the pro-Union riots held here during the Civil War, the Square now boasts the impressive shaft of the Dewey Monument, a column erected to honour a US Navy admiral who captured Manila during the Spanish-American War. Surrounding the square on all sides and on streets radiating from it are exclusive hotels and expensive shops and department stores. All the national chains are here, of course...Saks, Macy's, Tiffany's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom...as well as exclusive European outlets like Emporio Armani and Diesel. Near to the square on Post Street stands Gump's, a monument to the decadent shopper, featuring wares beyond my (and probably your) financial reach. Union Square displays the unmistakable bravado of big-city life- swarms of people, traffic, cable cars. Unfortunately, the park in the middle of the square itself was closed off for renovations while I was there, and may still be for some time. Nevertheless, the square's beating retail engine pumps on, and the masses continue to pour in to shop. Down one end of the square is the small alley of Maiden Lane, which was once filled with filthy brovels and now houses exclusive designer boutiques, street cafés, and art galleries. One one sunny Saturday noon ther was even an opera singer striking up arias...talk about street entertainment for the elite! Most of the day the street is closed off to traffic and pedestrians are allowed to roam. Union Square can be reached by the Powell Street station on BART and MUNI, as well as via cable car, many buses and trolleybuses, and the historic Market Street streetcar at the 5th Street stop. The Theatre District, with its performance halls and avant-garde galleries, spreads along Geary Street west of the square.
The most famous place in San Francisco offers a lot to see and to do:
Taking a rest in the shadow of palmtrees you can watch many crazy people doing their crazy things...
Aroud the suare there are famous giant hotels. I recommend you to have a look inside them all - the Lobbies are extraordinary!
The Union Square is also a perfect place to start a shopping-tour.