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  • 8 mentions in Should we stay at a hotel in Union Square or a Pier hotel?

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...there and see where the best deal is on hotels you find attractive. It's only about a 20 minute walk from Union Square to the San Francisco Ferry Bldg and there are many good hotels and restaurants in that area. Some of..." See More

    • Kristal S.

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      Kristal S. said, "...Hi Evandro, I would personally suggest staying at Hotel Vitale, because you can still walk to Union Square but it is away from all the crowds of people. You will also get great views and see more of SF locals in action...." See More

    • Chris H.

      Chris H. said, "...If the goal for your time in SF is shopping, Union Square is a great option. Being close to the Ferry Building Marketplace provides access to all transportation options, including ferries that can take you anywhere on the Bay (East, to Berkeley..." See More

    • Brian H.

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      Brian H. said, "...days and really want to do all the touristy stuff with the family and be in the middle of everything then Union Square will be your best bet...." See More

    • Kevin B.

      Kevin B. said, "...Hotel Vitale for sure! The Ferry Building Marketplace area is much nicer than Union Square, as a base...." See More

    • Valerie F.

      Valerie F. said, "...I'd recommend staying in Union Square. It's very central to all attractions, easy to grab transportation (public, taxi's, and uber). The Wharf is great but it can be very very congested with pure tourists. Just as Kristal mentioned, the Hotel Vitale..." See More

    • Cherie E.

      Cherie E. said, "...is excellent. You can walk to AT&T Park, Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market , boats and Beach! Our Adults kids do like Union Square and a couple of pubs there...." See More

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...is that the city is relatively small, with many sights clustered together. Here are some things to know about each area: Union Square is home to most of the large shopping centers. It's pretty chaotic, and not terribly far from some of..." See More

  • 7 mentions in Where is the best neighborhood to stay in San Francisco?

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...I suggest staying downtown around the Union Square area. From there, public transportation to most parts of the city is pretty easy. You can take the BART subway train, MUNI bus, and it's very easy to hail a cab if you need..." See More

    • Nicole K.

      Nicole K. said, "...are all great neighborhoods. The perk of Nob Hill (snob hill is the nick name) is that it is close to Union Square and all the shopping and restaurants there. As for the Marina District, there is cute boutiques and fun bars..." See More

    • christina l.

      christina l. said, "...get to watch the fog roll in and swallow the city while you're high up on the hill watching. It's beautiful. Union Square is also full of activity (shopping mainly) and a variety of hotels. Although, if I'm not staying on Nob..." See More

    • Alfredo G.

      Alfredo G. said, "...I would definitely consider the Union Square area. Most of the public transportation is there, including the famous cable cars...." See More

    • Sharyn m.

      Sharyn m. said, "... Union Square area has proven to be my best location......anything you might need just a short walk. Bart is right there to take you to the outskirts, the Cable cars can get you down to Fishermans Wharf, etc. etc...." See More

    • Kevin B.

      Kevin B. said, "...in SF. During the day it's safe and its central, though at night I recommend a taxi to the hostel - Union Square: Most hotels are here, and it's central and a bit touristy but really great to get around the..." See More

    • Fritzi L.

      Fritzi L. said, "...area I like is Parnassus Avenue, near Golden Gate Park. Don't go to Fisherman's Wharf, which is a total tourist trap. Union Square has every retail shop you can visit in any other city in America, so why go there? The Mission..." See More

  • 4 mentions in safe neighborhhoods convenient to attractions

    • mariella u.

      mariella u. said, "...a safe bet, since its much closer to the establishments you've listed. Accommodations get more expensive as you draw closer to Union Square. Parking is expensive downtown. Cheaper accommodations may be available out of downtown, just consider its proximity to the..." See More

    • Serena M.

      Serena M. said, "...to San Francisco Chinatown ***15 minute walk to Fisherman's Wharf ***15 minute walk to the the Marina ***20 minute walk to Union Square ***20 minute walk to Ferry Building Personally I wouldn't stay in the Sunset or Potrero - neither of them..." See More

    • Clément R.

      Clément R. said, "...ferry there), Twin Peaks at night for the amazing view, Pier 39, walk around North Beach (Washington Square Park), Lombard Street, Union Square and around. Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park.If you have time, I would recommend rent a car..." See More

    • Emi D.

      Emi D. said, "...Hi! How fun. You could stay in Nob Hill, which is close to Union Square and not too far to the water. Otherwise, try Pacific Heights! Here's our SF guide! Xo http://www.welltraveledwife.com/2013/01/c-guide-to-san-francisco.html..." See More

  • 4 mentions in What's the best neighborhood in S.F. for a first time visitor?

    • Kristal S.

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      Kristal S. said, "...which might make your decision easier - and might give you a better idea of where you want to explore. - Union Square- while this is where most tourists stay I would advise against it. It's an area you can venture..." See More

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...bit "hipster" with lots of sunshine) and Hayes Valley. Haight-Ashbury (old stomping ground for SF 'hippies') is also very cool. Avoid Union Square, the Tenderloin + SOMA - these neighorhoods are centered around offices and tourist activity. I also recommend avoiding..." See More

    • Fritzi L.

      Fritzi L. said, "...in the SoMa (south of Market) neighborhood. Since SF is so small it is easy to get around from there. Avoid Union Square. It is a zoo. Many foreign visitors book at Le Méridien San Francisco. It is quiet, in the..." See More

    • Scott M.

      Scott M. said, "...You'll likely stay somewhere near Union Square and the Financial District downtown, mainly because that's where most of the hotels are and because it's close to the public transit hubs. It's also centrally located near San Francisco Chinatown, SOMA, Ferry Building, North..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Good value convenient location Hotel reservation

    • Pam H.

      Pam H. said, "...in San Francisco. You might consider the Mayflower Hotel, located a few blocks south of Nob Hill, and several blocks from Union Square. It's clean, reasonably priced and full of European travelers who recognize value. If you have a tiny car..." See More

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...I want to go, and then see what prices they have for the hotels in the center of the city around Union Square, the Financial District,Embarcadero Center, and SOMA (South of Market). If you have a choice of when to go,..." See More

  • 2 mentions in San Francisco Hidden Gems

    • Fritzi L.

      Fritzi L. said, "...very well documented; secret places appear in blogs and don't stay off the radar for long. I would avoid Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and the cable cars. I recommend the Legion of Honor museum in Lincoln Park, visiting Lands End, Sutro BathsLand's..." See More

    • Sharyn m.

      Sharyn m. said, "...Walk around downtown.. Union Square, Chinatown San Francisco. Take the CableCar down to Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 grab a short bus tour - across the Golden Gate Bridge(or drive it). You'll run out of time before you run out of things..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Lesser known art galleries in New York, San Francisco and Orlando?

    • Megan O.

      Megan O. said, "...Union Square (but a few who are). Don't miss Gallery Wendi Norris at 161 Jessie St just south of Market near Union Square; Catharine Clark Gallery 248 Utah St in Potrero Hill (and there is another great gallery above it) and..." See More

    • Andy H.

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      Andy H. said, "...There's also a similar event for San Francisco called First Thursday Art. There is a high concentration of art galleries near Union Square. Another way to check out some great art is to go on a walking tour of street art..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Best shopping neighborhood in San Francisco?

    • Kristal S.

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      Kristal S. said, "...Kate, Union St(not Union Square) and Hayes Valley both have cute, trendy boutique clothing stores...." See More

    • Katie W.

      Katie W. said, "...Hayes Valley, Union Square and Fillmore St!..." See More

  • 2 mentions in What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?

    • Fritzi L.

      Fritzi L. said, "...can see the whole city: Golden Gate Bridge, Cliff House, Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, the Castro, Civic Center, Union Square, San Francisco Chinatown, North Beach. Once you have seen the highlights you can decide what you would like..." See More

    • mary t.

      mary t. said, "...you start the day walking half way across the Golden Gate Bridge (about an hour), then we like to walk around Union Square and eat lunch, catch a cable car down to Fisherman's Wharf to explore and eat dinner. Then head back..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Restaurants for 50th Birthday San Francisco?

    • Jaclyn D.

      Jaclyn D. said, "...Zaré at Fly Trap and Boulevard are both incredible, and not far from Union Square...." See More

    • Darcy L.

      Darcy L. said, "...but if the weather is nice get a reservation for a table outside, and you won't regret it. Great view over-looking Union Square. Plus the food is affordable and the menu has something for everyone...." See More

  • 2 mentions in San Fransisco: Where to Stay, What to See

    • Frances M.

      Frances M. said, "...I always like staying down by the water. We have stayed in Union Square and the Financial District and I am always sorry. Most of the time we have stayed at the Argonaut Hotel - A Kimpton Hotelwhich is great and centrally..." See More

    • mary t.

      mary t. said, "...There is so many different areas to stay in San Francisco. What are you looking for? Union Square is great if you want to shop. Fisherman's Wharf is great if you want to be near the sea. Nothing will be cheap in..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Where are the best places in SF for a woman to shop?

    • Kristal S.

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      Kristal S. said, "...you are from Brazil so if you are looking to do major shopping at brand name retailers, you can head to Union Square and Westfield San Francisco Centre, there you will find everything from Victoria's Secret to Sephora to Nordstrom to Gucci...." See More

    • Krista G.

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      Krista G. said, "...personal favorite boutiques to share with you as others have mentioned Target, Westfield San Francisco Centre (the usual chain stores) & Union Square already: Two Skirts A mix of designers, very on trend.Ambiance A fun place to poke your head into, they've..." See More

  • 2 mentions in Hotels Under $150 a night in the center of San Francisco?

    • Sylvia I.

      Sylvia I. said, "...Wharf (or you can use the free cable car) and lots of awesome restaurants. There were quite a few hotels in Union Square that we considered but ultimately Hotel Carlton offered some really awesome amenities (free wine and a concert in the..." See More

    • Melanio F.

      Melanio F. said, "...Vivre Hotels. It depends on time of the year or if there is any convention in town. Prices and availability varies. Union Square is the most central because its walking distance to everything and the metro. If you go further or more..." See More

  • 1 mention in New York/San Fran adventure for two 25y/o friends

    • Andy H.

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      Andy H. said, "...get cold. In San Francisco I recommend that you stay in the Mission District for a few days (weekend), and around Union Square for a few days (weekday). The Mission district is very much like the Lower East Side in NYC. Lots..." See More

  • 1 mention in Traveling in June with 18 year old girls - what can we do in 4 days?!

    • Phil L.

      Phil L. said, "...to the city. Alcatraz, book tickets in advance to get best times or not be turned away due to closed bookings. Union Square area for shopping. Ride a cable car. If you must see Fisherman's Wharfthen do it, but it is awful..." See More

  • 1 mention in Top things to see in San Francisco & San Jose?

    • Michael M.

      Michael M. said, "...to great Pacific Ocean horizon. 2. Fisherman's Wharf area and embarcadero- Take cable car at Ghirardelli for a cable car to Union Square (Downtown SF). Along the way You can take a view of Lombard St. (Crookedest Street), San Francisco Chinatown (Savor..." See More

  • 1 mention in This is on my bucket list. Fill my brain with info on what to do!

    • Peter C.

      Peter C. said, "...the view of downtown, Sausalito for the same reason. 4.) Pier 33 is useless except for the Sea Lions, avoid it. Union Square is slightly less of a tourist trap. The Mission District has lots of cheap eats, and Dolores Park is..." See More

  • 1 mention in What to do with 1 day in San Francisco?

    • Devon N.

      Devon N. said, "...into San Francisco Chinatown for a tasty dumpling or two. If you keep walking through Chinatown you will end up near Union Square. The Mission District would be a great spot for dinner. I would recommend checking out the eater 38..." See More

  • 1 mention in Does anyone know of a moderately priced, clean, safe hotel?

    • Melissa H.

      Melissa H. said, "...I stayed at the Executive Hotel Vintage Court near Union Square. They had an evening wine reception every day, the staff were friendly, the rooms were alright and the prices were good. I'd stay there again...." See More

  • 1 mention in 8 days in LA, does San Francisco worth a visit in such a short trip?

    • Thomas D.

      Thomas D. said, "...St. BART Station, Justin Herman Plaza. BART, Muni or Cable Car will take you to these San Francisco destinations: Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, Civic Center, Yoshi's Oakland, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission District, Ocean Beach From SF Ferry Building..." See More

  • 1 mention in What stops should I make for views, sights, and food along 101 from Newport, Oregon to Legget, California?

    • Zach W.

      Zach W. said, "...post. This is a HUGE and AMAZING city. Some parts to check out include Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz, Ferry Building, Marina District, Union Square, Hayes Valley, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, Fillmore St, Haight-Ashbury, Mission District. Here is a website that..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best hotel bars in San Francisco

    • Georgia T.

      Georgia T. said, "...Clift Hotel - Located near Union Square. A really trendy hotel bar for tourists and residents alike. This bar serves up amazing cocktails.. in fact I don't believe the bartenders even give you a menu. They craft cocktails based on whatever..." See More

  • 1 mention in Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated for a girls trip

    • JR J.

      JR J. said, "...make a pastry there called a canele. It's un-be-liev-a-ble... a must try. I'll second State Bird Provisions, an easy Uber from Union Square If you guys are looking for a cocktail, I'd say hit up Bourbon and Branch or Rickhouse which are..." See More

  • 1 mention in Other cities to visit outside of wine country

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...there are so many things to see -- Golden Gate Park , Fisherman's Wharf , Pier 39 , Ferry Building , Union Square, the Mission District , Haight -- lots of stuff to choose from Have fun!..." See More

  • 1 mention in What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

    • Jennifer L.

      Jennifer L. said, "...good too. Nopa is always popular. Humphry Slocombe ice cream. Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. I would stay away from Union Square and go to Fillmore St, Noe Valley, Pacific Heights, the Mission District, and down by the water in the..." See More

  • 1 mention in What breakfast spots are must-eat in SF?

    • Jason C.

      Jason C. said, "...I love love love the brunch buffet at Farmerbrown Restaurant. It's right between Union Square and the Tenderloin, so it's easy to get to (even if those neighborhoods aren't the greatest). If you're into grits, fried chicken and gravy, and an all-you-can-eat..." See More

  • 1 mention in Restaurant for group of 25 in San Francisco?

    • Michael D.

      Michael D. said, "...I would try The Oak Room Restaurant. Its inside the Westin St. Francis hotel near Union Square. A beautifull room to hold the party, but it will be on the upper end. Hope you have fun...." See More

  • 1 mention in Best activities for tweens in San Francisco?

    • Ashleen R.

      Ashleen R. said, "...Going biking on the Golden Gate Bridge is awesome, Union Square is great for shopping, Go car's are now booming very popular to tour around in, Fisherman's Wharf has a rocket boat which is super fun!..." See More

  • 1 mention in Hotels in Downtown San Francisco

    • Mindi H.

      Mindi H. said, "...hour and free coffe. The location is great - right next to San Francisco Chinatown and a five minute walk to Union Square...." See More

  • 1 mention in Weekend in San Fran- what should I do?

    • Miklos P.

      Miklos P. said, "..., The Castro and Dolores Park (great views of the city/ downtown). Alamo Square “Painted Ladies” (also often seen in movies) Union Square- this is the downtown shopping area Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world, but only on one..." See More

  • 1 mention in Transportation from SFO to hotel after midnight on a weekday

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...at 11:50 PM is too late to ride BART as the last train out of San Francisco International Airport to the Union Square area is at 11:54 PM. You could look into a shuttle, but I'd personally prefer to get a Lyft,..." See More

  • 1 mention in Free things to do in San Francisco?

    • Peter R.

      Peter R. said, "...parks like Golden Gate Park. walking the Golden Gate Bridge is also for free. Walk along Fisherman's Wharf or go to Union Square. At the top of Macy's is a Cheesecake Factory, where you have a great view over the whole..." See More

  • 1 mention in What's the steepest place you've ever been?

    • Chris D.

      Chris D. said, "...San Francisco, Lombard Street! Walked all the way from Union Square to San Francisco Chinatown. A fun walk!..." See More

  • 1 mention in 3 Months in SF

    • amery c.

      amery c. said, "...one of best ways for feeling the beauty of this enhancing spot. Instead of that Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Chinatown, Union Square, Exploratorium, Ghiradelli Square and Aquarium of the Bay offers mesmerizing attractions that grabs the attention of visitors towards..." See More

  • 1 mention in Unexpectedly photogenic areas in San Francisco

    • Brandon M.

      Brandon M. said, "...Obviously Union Square, but from the 7th floor of Macy's is The Cheesecake Factory's porch. It's outside overlooking the entire square. Well worth a trek through some maddening retail space...." See More

  • 1 mention in How\where do I spend a long weekend in SF with my wife and 3 year old

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...public transportation. Since you're coming for a short time, though, you can never go wrong staying centrally located in the downtown Union Square, and the Fisherman's Wharf is touristy and a little out there, but could be a fun place for..." See More

  • 1 mention in Cool thing to do in San Francisco?

    • Chad D.

      Chad D. said, "...Museum Sculpture Garden or California Academy of Sciences. Lunch at the The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus offers a nice view of Union Square or if you want something lower key in that area Super Duper Burger and Split Bread are great...." See More

  • 1 mention in What are the best kid-friendly activities in SF?

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...: I just loved walking up and down this street. So many stores! And it was fun to hang out at Union Square with some coffee or ice cream. Have fun! It's going to be gorgeous this weekend :)..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best places/sports bars to watch a boxing match in San Francisco

    • Natalie J.

      Natalie J. said, "...Any Sports Bar in the Marina District off Chestnut St or Union Square..." See More

  • 1 mention in Best activities for kids

    • Jordan L.

      Jordan L. said, "...Check out the cable cars! You can get on at Union Square. It's $6 per person, but it's a great way to check out the city. Also, kids love standing and hanging off the side of the car!..." See More

  • 1 mention in What are some unusual things to do in San Francisco?

    • Andy H.

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      Andy H. said, "...of 8 Wheels is a roller rink that offers skating lessons and a roller disco party. Skate rentals are only $5. Union Square now has an ice skating rink in the middle. You can rent skates and enjoy the scenery. Go on..." See More

  • 1 mention in Top 3 Must-do/eat/sees - Touristy Stuff!

    • Scott M.

      Scott M. said, "...farmer's market in front of an behind it. Another inexpensive local option, that isn't touristy but it's in a touristy area Union Square, is Super Duper Burger. Good high quality burgers and fries, that won't break the bank. Just don't compare..." See More

  • 1 mention in What to do for a day and a half in San Francisco?

    • Krista G.

      Trippy Ambassadors are elite members of the community, hand picked to help you travel better! Interested? E-mail us at ambassadors@trippy.com.

      Krista G. said, "...that the California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Museum and Japanese Tea Garden are all inside. :) Though often mentioned, Union Square isn't worth seeing in my opinion. It offers the same stores you can find in any major metro, along..." See More

  • 1 mention in San Francisco - Top things to do with a teenager?

    • Dee B.

      Dee B. said, "...all interested, the Exploratorium at Pier 15. You can get lost for hours in there. If she's older and into shopping, Union Square area and the Downtown Center at the end of Powell St. If she's athletic, you can climb the Filbert..." See More

  • 1 mention in Unique activities and cheap eats in San Francisco

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...not caught New Years Eve fireworks anywhere in a while, but the most popular spots are along the Embarcadero or at Union Square. There will likely be a lot of people there. Other nature-y spots, like the top of hills (Bernal..." See More

  • 1 mention in Weekend with parents ideas needed

    • Emi D.

      Emi D. said, "...to Sausalito and ferry back. Go to the ferry building farmers market and try every sample, and eat at Cheesecake in Union Square on top of Macy's. Get a cone at Twirl & Dip in Golden Gate Park! See some of the..." See More

  • 1 mention in Cheap Hotels and Crazy Adventures.

    • Debbie L.

      Debbie L. said, "...Of course, where Hotel Nikko is, you'll notice that there's tons to walk around and see there, too, Powell Street , Union Square, etc. Let me know if you have want any other recommendations and I hope you enjoy SF! :)..." See More

  • 1 mention in Looking for an affordable hotel in a quiet SF neighborhood

    • Pamela G.

      Pamela G. said, "...I lived in SF for six years and I would definitely NOT recommend Union Square. It is central, but it is not really quiet...and it is surrounded by sketchy areas that you will need to walk through in order to get..." See More

  • 1 mention in One week in San Francisco...

    • Darleen S.

      Darleen S. said, "...and the museums there. Other north shore points like Ghiradelli Square, or The Cannery Shopping Centerand Fisherman's Wharfwould work as well. Union Square area is more than likely your base. Most hotels are in this vicinity. From there you can hit San..." See More

  • 1 mention in What I can't miss in San Francisco in 4 days?

    • Kristi ..

      Kristi .. said, "...Sausalito for lunch/shopping and come back for dinner/drinks at the Slanted Door. Take the trolley up/down Market Street and shop in Union Square and then ride the cable car at Powell Street station. Visit Whole Foods and pick up some lunch and..." See More

  • 1 mention in where can I stay that is central to all attractions

    • John S.

      John S. said, "...The best area to be central for most locations in San Francisco is one of the hotels located right around Union Square. Fortunately, there are dozens from which to choose, in various price ranges. Personally, I am quite loyal to three:..." See More

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