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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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If you have not visited San Francisco in a few years, you will be surprised by the newly redone Union Square.
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
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.
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.
Around Union square you can find a lot of shops and down the street there is the starting point of the Cable car
Union Square. The cable car passes here and this is part of the Heart of San Fran. IF you are over 21 and want to try a great martini, go to the Bar at the Westin St. Francis!
Union Square. A nice park situated in the middle of downtown SF. You'll find it a few blocks up from Market St. If you take the tram you pass by it (via Powell St?).
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!
While exploring downtown San Francisco, take minute out to find Union Square. It's one of the local landmarks that is worth a look.