Built on a sand dune by the city's first American Mayor
Top class hotels and intimate inns rub shoulders with off-Broadway theatres, artworks and monuments to create a dynamic, vivid 24-hour destination dedicated to San Francisco's famous pro-Union rallies, held on the cusp of the American Civil War. Underneath lies the world's biggest underground car park, built between 1939 and '41. Today the square is the ceremonial heart of the city, recently fully renovated, redesigned and finally re-opened in 2002.
If you're in Union Square for Bastille Day head for Bush Street, renamed 'Buisson' for the day in celebration.
What are the most popular attractions in Union Square? The place is jammed with wonderful things to do and see. Here are three of the best
See the latest fantastic painted heart sculptures from the Hearts in San Francisco public installation
Visit the city's French Quarter north east of the Square
Experience some of the US' finest department stores: Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus
Get there via the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason cable car lines, trolley, bus, the quirky F Market heritage streetcar or the Muni Metro and BART subways.
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Union Square is San Francisco's most visited neighbourhood: legendary shops, a constant stream of live music, theatre, food and wine events, movies shown on outdoor screens and fascinating celebrations.
Enjoy the beautiful urban park in the centre of the square for relaxing and watching the world go by
Experience the nightclubs, lounges, wine bars, cantinas and places where you can eat accompanied by live music
Choose from a multitude of beauty tratments at a selection of salons designed to relax you to the point of horizontality!
You can easily spend all day in Union Square, hanging out from dawn 'til dusk and beyond. Take a hearty alfresco breakfast, tour the retail delights, enjoy an excellent lunch, catch a show, return to your hotel to freshen up then out again into the wee small hours. Brilliant.
Love food, love the Blues? Biscuits and Blues is your destination, at 401 Mason Street, San Francisco's premier blues club and Southern cuisine venue.
Johnny Foley’s Irish House is inspired by authentic Irish pubs, with remarkable attention to detail and impressive levels of decorative craftsmanship. The food is epic. And you have to see the Duelling Pianos – courtesy of a stable of amazing pianists - to believe them. The Adler & Co. Gallery exhibits a thrilling selection of modern and contemporary art by well-respected and accomplished artists. If you have a few quid spare, why not treat yourself to a piece of original art for your home, as a reminder of your fabulous holiday? Visit the American Conservatory theatre, the San Francisco Bay Area's biggest. It's been going strong for forty years and attracts some exceptional theatrical entertainment. There's an official theatre tickets outlet in the square, too.
If you're serious about clubbing, try Ruby Skye. It's the city's best loved nightclub and a prime venue for special events, just off Union Square. Or, if a treat is on your holiday horizon, there's everything any self-respecting foodie can want, from Thai and Asian fusion cuisine to Japanese, Italian, French and euro-American. You name it. Perhaps you want to keep your fitness levels up, or experience the gym US-style? Try this on for size, the Active Sports Clubs Union Square. Loved by the locals, it's a veritable feast of fitness: yoga classes, cycling, an indoor lap pool and all sorts of cutting edge tech.
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