Union Square, San Francisco

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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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    1-Day San Francisco: Downtown

    by sfwinegirl Written Sep 11, 2009

    San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the world, well-known for its liberal community, hilly terrain, Victorian architecture, scenic beauty, summer fog, and great ethnic and cultural diversity. Living in San Francisco makes it somewhat challenging to organize a 1-day itinerary. There are simply so many places to see! For the first installation of 1-day San Francisco, I will focus on the areas around downtown.

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    Hang out in Union Square

    by KevinMichael Written Sep 18, 2007

    This is a good place to read a book, hang out with friends or family, or mingle with either the tourists or the native San Franciscans.

    For singles it could be an ideal place to meet someone (better than a bar).

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    The Union Square

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated Feb 7, 2015

    To many The Union Square perhaps is simply the centre of San Francisco but there's more into it than just being a centre plaza. The monument on the middle is in memory of The Battle of Manila Bay that took place in the Philippines during Spanish American War in 1899 defeating the Spanish colonizers of the Philippines under Admiral Montojo it was at the height of Spanish -American War when US Naval Warships entered Manila Bay under the command of Commodore George Dewey ( later promoted to Admiral ) at dusk in one early morning that resulted in the total annihilation and destruction of the biggest Spanish Naval Fleet in Asia.

    The high monument is called the Admiral Dewey memorial who was the hero of the famous battle of Manila bay. That's what it is about the high monument. But the plaza square is another story it is in memory of the Union Forces who fought in the Great US Civil War of what is also called the Emancipation War in the 1860's plus.

    We came here at the square on October 2014. It was barricaded and a big renovation and construction is on going at the square pavement but you can read the inscription from a distance of the Dewey Memorial monument There is a touristy cafe' at the square and it is always full pack of coffee lovers , locals and tourists.

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    Oh the Shopping!

    by karin1972 Written Jun 15, 2005

    Union square is quite the touristy area for shopping. There are several department and chain stores here-- Macy's, Bloomy's, Sephora, FAO Schwartz, etc. The hotels and restaurants in the Union Sq. area tend to be quite expensive, and catered mainly towards tourists. The irony is, just a few blocks away, one will find the "Tenderloin" area which is very seedy and has a high rate of prostitution, and drugs, etc. Gotta love San Francisco!

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    Union Square

    by sswagner Written Jan 21, 2005

    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.

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  • NOT FOR WALKING AROUND AT NIGHT UNLESS IN A GROUP

    by menirene Updated Jan 28, 2005

    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.

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    Good place to relax on a winter afternoon...

    by shivdeepmay Updated Feb 9, 2005

    Union Square is one of SFO's cultural and commerce centers. A nice place to sit down relaxedly on a winter afternoon with birds hovering around sharing the space that has been spared from becoming yet another skyscraper!

    Shopping malls galore around the square. Huge Macy's store bang opposite the square. So if you are a shopping freak, this may be a good place to be... or may be not :).

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    Union Square

    by SnoopySue Updated Feb 25, 2005

    Just about five minutes (or less) by walk from Powell station. Classic central square not very common in US. Walking through the square I felt like I am in Athens. Palm trees, cafes and rest point for locals as well as for visitors.

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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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    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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    Dwontown San Francisco

    by Scottyj36 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Near Union Square where the Bart lets out. It is the middle of the city where you can get the cable cars, lots of shops and restrunts nearby.

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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 Mirellaboer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Around Union square you can find a lot of shops and down the street there is the starting point of the Cable car

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