Union Square in Amazing San Francisco :
Union Square is one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations. And why not? This beautiful urban park is surrounded by one of the world’s best shopping districts. Indeed, Union Square is a destination you must visit on your next trip to San Francisco.
Union Square refers to the park which bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton streets and the district. The actual square was named after the pro-Union rallies held here around the Civil War. It was actually built 1850 by John Geary who was San Francisco’s first mayor.
Today, Union Square is urban and cool. It is surrounded with some of the United States best retail and department stores, as well as many tourist shops, art galleries, and salons. A number of San Francisco’s best hotels are also located here.
When to Visit Union Square
Union Square has that busy all the time feel. If you love to be in the thick of things, weekday afternoons and weekends are best. If you want less busy then weekday mornings are your best bet.
Most stores and boutiques are open 7 days a week, although some smaller shops will be closed Sundays. And almost all stores are open until at least 8 pm.
What to do
Shopping: At this point I normally provide a broad list of the shopping options in the neighborhood under review. Doing that with Union Square is pretty much impossible. If you want it then you’ll find it. I always like going to the Williams-Sonoma store, but that’s just me. For a comprehensive guide to shopping check out this link!
Theatres: There are several fantastic theatres in the area, including the Geary Theater, the Curran Theatre, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and the Golden Gate Theatre.
Galleries: Are you an art lover? The neighbourhood is packed with galleries displaying and selling works from the modern masters as well as many Bay Area Artists. Make sure to check out Christopher-Clark Fine Art and Martin Lawrence for the works of Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Rembrandt, Warhol, Lichtenstein and Dali. All out of my price range… but I am happy to look!
Cable Car Turnaround: The Mason and Hyde lines ends at Powell and Market streets, and so Union Square is a great spot to line up for the cable cars.
Where to Stay at Union Square
When we are in San Francisco we always stay at the Westin St. Francis which overlooks Union Square. It’s an iconic building that provides easy access to the Financial District, Chinatown and Moscone Convention Center as well.
Looking for more things to do in San Francisco? Check out my recent blog post on visiting Alcatraz!