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Union SquareSan Francisco

Fashion puts on its finest face in one of the country’s largest shopping plazas.

Union Square, located downtown, is a fashion nexus of department stores and upscale boutiques. Shop for high-end labels like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Burberry and Hugo Boss. For a uniquely San Francisco shopping experience, head to Gump's where the well-heeled come for home décor. Within a few blocks you can pick up the latest looks from the catwalk, as well as classic antiques and jewelry. Shopping in the square is a year-round activity, with early morning being the quietest period to hit the stores.

The city’s central hub of retail was dedicated by its first mayor John Geary in 1850 and named after the pro-union Civil War rallies that were held here. The name, Union Square, refers to the park that is bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton streets. It was conceived to be a green oasis and public plaza.

By the 1880s this was a smart residential district, but the famous San Francisco fire and earthquake of 1906 devastated the area’s hotels and shops. It was rebuilt, better than ever, and today Union Square is a premier shopping and dining area with a lively and historic character.

At the center of this public plaza is the impressive Dewey Monument, a tall Corinthian column topped by a bronze statue of the goddess Victory bearing a trident. This landmark commemorates Admiral George Dewey’s decisive win at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War. There are also modern art sculptures to view, as well as plenty of spots in the sun, at cafés or on the stone steps, to just watch the world go by.

Parking is tricky but the best, if pricey, option is the parking station right underneath the square. Completed in 1934, it was the world's first underground parking structure. Or, hop on one of the quintessential antique streetcars that pass Union Square at regular intervals.

Top Hotels in Union Square

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square
Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square
4 out of 5
580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $114 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grace Cathedral and Warfield Theater. Yerba Buena Gardens and San Francisco Museum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,108 reviews)

"The Staff was exceptional courteous and professional Due to the current situation The facilities were not able to provide all amenities"…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Staypineapple, An Elegant Hotel, Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $179 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Westfield ...

4.4/5Excellent! (4,484 reviews)

"Everything was wonderful and people were kind. The hotel is clean"…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square
Hotel Diva
Hotel Diva
4 out of 5
440 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $116 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, Westfield San Francisco Centre, and Warfield Theater. ...

3.8/5Good! (2,090 reviews)

"Enjoyed it was centrally located. The staff was awesome, Carlos, Maggie, and the rest of everyone there."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Hotel Diva
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is $135 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Warfield Theater and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (6,664 reviews)

"Property was beautiful and the check in process was great. I believe the man’s name was Jason - he was super helpful and friendly!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hotel Spero
Hotel Spero
4 out of 5
405 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $158 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Cable Car Museum, and San Francisco Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,901 reviews)

"Amazingly comfy, safe and immaculately clean "home away from home" with an amazingly delicious onsite restaurant - Jasper's. As a full-time, live-in caregiver for a 92 year old patient, my time off is both rare and highly valued. Hotel Spero is the perfect shelter-in-place getaway - relaxing, peaceful, ..."…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Hotel Spero
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westfield San Francisco Centre and Ferry Building. Lombard Street and Painted Ladies are ...

4/5Very Good! (10,896 reviews)

"Didn't like the pillows and the bathroom was really small"…"

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Popular places to visit in Union Square

Westfield San Francisco Centre
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Westfield San Francisco Centre

4/5(427 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Westfield San Francisco Centre, a popular shopping spot in San Francisco. Discover the beautiful sunsets and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Union Square
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Union Square

4/5(97 reviews)

Find out about the history of San Francisco with a stop at Union Square. Discover the charming cafés and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Maiden Lane
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Maiden Lane

Browse high-end shops and see a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building at this fashionable lane, which was once at the heart of San Francisco’s red-light district.

St. Patrick Catholic Church
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St. Patrick Catholic Church

Find out about the history of San Francisco when you take a trip to St. Patrick Catholic Church. Visit the notable monuments and shops in this vibrant area.

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(7,241 reviews)

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(6,816 reviews)

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Top things to do in Union Square

Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
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Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

90% of travellers recommend
$119
Per adult
Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass

88% of travellers recommend
$78
Per adult
Monterey, Carmel & Pacific Coast Highway - Full Day Tour
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Monterey, Carmel & Pacific Coast Highway - Full Day Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$89
Per adult
Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

82% of travellers recommend
$159
Per adult
Go San Francisco Explorer: Choose 2,3,4 or 5 Attractions
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Go San Francisco Explorer: Choose 2,3,4 or 5 Attractions

78% of travellers recommend
$61
Per adult
Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour
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Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$179
Per adult

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