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Things to do in Union Square, San Francisco

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighbourhood
“Constantly bustling -- people use the square mostly as a space to relax and soak up a bit of sun, and to wallow in the atmosphere created by the surrounding cable cars, hotels and shoppers. Great for people watching! There is free wi-fi provided by the city. Look under the leaves of the greenery in the planters, and you'll find a few power outlets for your laptop.”
  • 341 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Union Square is the most visited neighborhood in San Francisco. Here you will find a large collection of high end retail outlets, fancy hotels, cafes, art galleries and a very active nightlife. The area has many live events to attend and there is always something happening to keep you entertained. To really get an experience of partying with the locals this is a must stop on any tour of the city.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Electronics Store
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“This 2 story Apple Store has an open wall with lots of sunlight. It is really well-designed.”
  • 14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Surprisingly affordable food and dessert and great views make it a favorite stop right in the middle of Union Square”
  • 18 locals recommend
Department Store
“Department store chain providing brand-name clothing, accessories, home furnishings & housewares.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Classy place to have drinks with friends or that special someone and enjoy live music.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Corner Shop
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“This Walgreens location is open 24hrs a day for all of your last minute needs. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“Okay, the Rotunda is perhaps one of the more beautiful places to lunch - high end shopping at it's best!!! Also, on Union Square.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend
Department Store
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  • 1 local recommends
Beer Bar
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“HUGE sports bar (2 levels). Also serves bar food. Great happy hour and lunch specials ($10 beer and burger). Gigantic TV screens plus games (pool, shuffle board, ski ball, etc). ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The best sourdough is made here in the Bay Area, and Boudin is the King of Sourdough! Stop by here and grab some clam chowder served in their famous sourdough bread bowl if you need a break from shopping in Union square. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Basic Thai chain spot open into the wee hours that serves noodles and curries to go or to stay. Tom Kha Gui and the Panang curry is very tasty. vegetarian thai fried rice is amazing.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Surprisingly affordable food and dessert and great views make it a favorite stop right in the middle of Union Square”
  • 18 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“HUGE sports bar (2 levels). Also serves bar food. Great happy hour and lunch specials ($10 beer and burger). Gigantic TV screens plus games (pool, shuffle board, ski ball, etc). ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“The best sourdough is made here in the Bay Area, and Boudin is the King of Sourdough! Stop by here and grab some clam chowder served in their famous sourdough bread bowl if you need a break from shopping in Union square. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Basic Thai chain spot open into the wee hours that serves noodles and curries to go or to stay. Tom Kha Gui and the Panang curry is very tasty. vegetarian thai fried rice is amazing.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
  • 2 locals recommend

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