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Union Square, San Francisco

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3.9/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web
Surrounded by a busy retail district, Union Square offers a park-like reprieve. Signature palm trees mark the four corner entrances. Built in 1850, this public plaza was named after pro-Union rallies held there during the Civil War. As part of a major redesign in the early 2000s, the city installed four light sculptures by R.M. Fischer. In contrast to this modern art on the south side, the Dewey Monument, named after a Spanish-American War hero, has stood in the center since a 1903 renovation. You can score half-price theater tickets at the square's ticketing pavilion or relax at its open-air cafe. "Union Square" also refers to the area around the square, which is packed with department stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, and theaters. Put Union Square into our San Francisco tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Francisco.
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  • Definitely a place to the exuberant shopping. Cablecar connections is also there and a lot of good hotels locally
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  • Although we probably would not stay at The Palace again, the location was awesome . The Four Seasons is right down the block. The location provides great restaurants, within walking distance of the Pi...  read more »
  • We visited union square whilst on a city bus tour. Glad we got off, the place is fantastic and the shopping is great. 
  • Stockton subway construction barriers has got the East side blocked off. I think they kick people out too early. It would be nice to take in some fresh air at midnight looking at all the beautiful lights.
  • A nice bustling public area surrounded with plenty of shopping and dining options. Not much reasons for SF residents to stick around here, unless there's something happening in Union Square, which there tends to be. Several events are hosted here, either public or private, and crowds can vary. Some of my favorite things here are the live entertainment that tend to perform from time to time, and the longtime holiday tradition of the ice rink and huge Macy's Christmas tree. There seems to constantly be renovations or other closures happening here, so just be aware that you may not see much when you visit if that's the case!
  • Union Square is at the heart of the Center of San Fransisco and is a nice open space right in the center. It does feel a bit under utilised as there isn't much to draw you into it. Some seats and drinks places but thats about it. I found myself just using it as a crossing point to the shops. Could do with more to draw people to stop there for a bit. but s a good central place for people to meet etc.
  • Great starting place for people who are just getting into pokemon go. Lots to do and see and the walking distance to Westfield mall is very minimal. Pokemon lovers can enjoy a lot of different activities while questing for the mons.
  • This place looks so cool! Niketown in Trump tower in NewYork is bigger & better though although there's more staff to help you in fact there is staff to help you at Niketown in trump tower because when we went on all the floors there was no staff! Seriously there must have been about 10 members of staff at the bit where you pay but nope no one there to get your size of shoe or whatever but anyway it looked cool!
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