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Union Square

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. 


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Lodging Near Union Square

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$203
Clift

Clift

495 Geary St, San Francisco
4.1
of 5, from 3,463 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Old-world elegance is suffused with modern glamour in this historic San Francisco hotel 2 blocks from Union Square, a half-mile from the Financial District, and 1 mile from the Embarcadero. Moscone Convention Center and AT&T Park are also nearby.

$185
Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

222 Mason St, San Francisco
4.3
of 5, from 6,615 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The Asian-inspired Hotel Nikko San Francisco is located downtown, a 4-minute walk from Union Square and the designer shops of Westfield San Francisco Centre. Guests can catch a cable car 2 blocks south, and both Curran Theatre and American Conservatory Theater are right around the corner.

$109
Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

Chancellor Hotel on Union Square

433 Powell St, San Francisco
4.3
of 5, from 3,591 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This historic 15-story hotel is on San Francisco's Powell Street Cable Car line. Union Square, Moscone Center, Chinatown, TransAmerica Tower, the Financial District, and the Ferry Building are also within easy reach.

$179
Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

750 Kearny St, San Francisco
3.9
of 5, from 2,034 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This 27-story San Francisco Hilton hotel towers over the city's financial district, North Beach's Italian shops and cafés, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero Center.

$165
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco
3.9
of 5, from 2,120 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This 1928 hotel is a half-block from San Francisco's Union Square, 3 blocks from the theater district, and a half-mile from the Financial District and Moscone Center.

$225
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

335 Powell Street, San Francisco
4.2
of 5, from 4,427 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This elegant and historic 1904 hotel offers a prime location across from San Francisco's Union Square; cable cars stop right at the front door, and the Financial District and Chinatown are both just 4 blocks away.

$247
Omni San Francisco Hotel

Omni San Francisco Hotel

500 California St, San Francisco
4.7
of 5, from 3,351 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located at the base of Nob Hill, Omni San Francisco Hotel is a 13-minute walk from Union Square. The Embarcadero Center, BART Station, and North Beach are within a 7-minute walk, and guests can hop the California Street cable car as it travels right past the lobby.

$119
Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco
3.2
of 5, from 8,355 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks from Union Square and within a mile of Moscone Center and SFMOMA.