Union Square, San Francisco

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Bordered by Powell, Geary, Stocton and Post Streets (415) 781-7880

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    Union Square - a good place to meet or chill out!

    by MarvintheMartian Written Aug 29, 2003

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    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.

    Panoramic - click to enlarge!

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    Union Square

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 27, 2003

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    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.
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    by zChris Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    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.

    Union Square, under reconstruction

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    Union Square

    by PetraG Written May 13, 2003

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    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.

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    If you like beautiful views...

    by snmred Written Sep 12, 2002

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    If you like beautiful views than this is your city. There are tons of places to go to see the city from above. ONe of my favorites is the top of the Hilton Hotel in Union Square. They have a restaurant/bar on the 26th story with panoramic windows that overlook the entire city. It's a great place to watch the sunset with a drink in one hand and your honey in the other.

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    Visit the LEVIS Store in Union...

    by kat_on_moray Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit the LEVIS Store in Union Square.
    The Levis store not only sells jeans but you can watch people make jeans while you are shopping. They have a small work area on the women's level fitted out with working industrial washers. There is a gallery etc....Go and check it out!

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    UNION SQUARE

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    A shopper's paradise, Union Square abounds with stores from the popular to the exclusive -- from Chanel, Tiffany and Giorgio Armani to Disney, Macy's and Niketown. Within its four blocks, over 5 million square feet of retail space generate approximately $1.5 billion in sales each year. Named to commemmorate the pro-Union rallies that erupted here on the eve of the Civil War, Union Square is now host to national holiday observances, fashion shows, concerts, political rallies and the uniquely San Franciscan Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition.

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    POWELL STREET HILL

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The foot of Powell Street is a downtown transportation hub -- site of the cable car turnaround and underground Muni and BART stations, plus the F-Line Historic Streetcar route along Market Street. Four blocks up the hill lies Union Square, the heart of the City's vibrant shopping district. Bank buildings and retail shops line Market Street on either side.

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  • Union Square is the retail...

    by Psychokiwi Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Union Square is the retail centre of the city. If you like to shop, a visit here would be great for finding all the name brands and more.
    Union Square is where they hold different events as well. Because it is so well known and everyone goes there, they hold speeches and fashion shows frequently. Shopping here is also a great experience. If you have a large amount of money (because the prices get outrageous at times) and need clothes, then visit here.

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    San Francisco's densely...

    by derats Written Aug 24, 2002

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    San Francisco's densely populated downtown is squeezed into the hilly northeastern corner of the peninsula. The often dramatic cityscape came about because the streets were laid out as if their planners had never so much as glanced at the city's topography. They simply
    dropped a grid pattern onto the steeply undulating terrain, and the result is that streets often climb or drop at ridiculously steep gradients. It makes parking hazardous, breeds bicycle messengers of superhuman strength and provides a hairy setting for car chase
    scenes in movies.
    Union Square is San Francisco's downtown tourist center. It's a mishmash of glitzy shops and hotels, flower vendors and homeless people. Cable cars rumble down the west side of the square; try looking down Hyde St towards Aquatic Park, down Washington St to Chinatown and the Financial District, or down California from Nob Hill. And if you're in Nob Hill, you've just got to ride the elevator to the Top of the Mark, the famous view bar at the top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. SoMa ('South of Market St') is a combination of lofty office buildings spilling over from the Financial District, fancy condos along the
    Embarcadero, a touristy gallery and museum precinct around Yerba Buena Gardens and the late night entertainment scene along Folsom and 11th Sts.

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    The New Mall

    by thebeatsurrender Written Jun 19, 2007

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    I don't even know if the New Mall has a real name. But it has a lot of stores, it's conveniently located next to BART (and a few blocks from Union Square), and it has a pretty dome thing.

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    Union Square

    by sophiebeans Written Apr 5, 2005

    Union Square is the main shopping district in San Francisco. In this area you will find major department stores, high-end boutiques and some bargin stores, too!

    Art in Union Square

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    Westin St. Francis Hotel at Union Square

    by Jeannette1 Written Nov 26, 2004

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    If you have not visited San Francisco in a few years, you will be surprised by the newly redone Union Square.

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  • Union Square

    by randychiara Written Feb 2, 2004

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    this is Union Square where i used to hang out when i was younger cos a lot of my friends were skateboarding here

    it was fun and just 2 blocks from where i lived

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    Check out Union Square

    by CJD68 Written Aug 7, 2003

    While exploring downtown San Francisco, take minute out to find Union Square. It's one of the local landmarks that is worth a look.

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