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May 30, 2019
| By
Maria Mancuso

Top Things to do in Union Square

This San Francisco Visitors Blog article, ‘Things to do in San Francisco: Top Things to do in Union Square,’ provides you with just a few of the things you can do, see and experience in this very special San Francisco neighborhood.

Union Square is a popular central neighborhood in San Francisco. This gathering place is just one block from Hotel Union Square and is home to major department stores like Macy’s and Saks 5th Avenue. 

For those seeking more luxury brands, they will find stores like Gucci, Tiffany and Louis Vuitton.  Union Square also has numerous Coffee Shops, Bars and a variety of great restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines.

There is plenty of park like seating, perfect for a quiet conversation, lunch or a coffee in the open air or just people watching.  Union Square also has a Cable Car turnaround.

Enjoy this latest San Francisco Visitors Blog article, ‘Top Things to do in Union Square’ presents you with just a few of the best things you can expect to see, do, eat, drink and experience during your next visit to San Francisco.

Coffee with foam on top
Grab a cup of perfectly brewed coffee at any one of the great Coffee Shops around Union Square.

Places to Sip:

  • Mazarine Coffee | 720 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-398-7700 
    Not actually ‘in’ Union Square but this Coffee Shop is worth the trip.  The great coffee at Mazarine Coffee is a guarantee…but the thing that brings many loyal customers back is the great food that complements the coffees and teas.  
  • Emporio Rulli | 225 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-433-1122
    Coffee, pastries & sandwiches in a lively Downtown location with lots of outdoor seating.
  • Bacnarella | 350 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-433-1121  
    Posh cafe offering pastries, coffee, wine, beer & chocolates plus outdoor-only seating.
  • Boudin Bakery Cafe | 251 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-296-4740 
    Famed for sourdough since 1849, this California bakery/cafe chain also offers light American bites.
Plate of Crabs
Union Square offers a number of great eateries like, Farallon, Daily Grill, Rotund and others.

Places to Eat:

  • Daily Grill | 347 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-616-5000 
    Modern, casual chain offering a broad menu of American comfort food plus a full bar.
  • Farallon | 450 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-956-6969 
    Upscale seafood eatery with a raw bar, long wine list & undersea-themed decor like jellyfish lamps.
  • The Rotunda | 150 Stockton St, Level Four, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-249-2720 
    Located in Neiman-Marcus. Upscale, department-store cafe with a classic American menu & a signature stained-glass ceiling.
  • Campton Place Bar and Bistro | 340 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-955-5555 
    Upscale dining at the Taj Campton Place, highlighting refined Californian cuisine with Indian notes.
  • Sears Fine Food | 439 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-986-0700 
    Local institution serving Swedish pancakes & classic diner standards amid nostalgic surroundings.
  • Bartlett Hall | 242 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-433-4332  
    Traditional, busy gastropub with dark woods turning out American dishes, cocktails & craft brews.
  • Burger Bar |  251 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-296-4272 
    Chef Hubert Keller draws crowds with an upscale menu of creative burgers & views of Union Square.
Yellow Cocktail
When it's time to relax and unwind with an adult beverage, choose from several great spots in Union Square.

Places to Drink:

  • Clock Bar | 335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-397-7000 
    High-end Westin St. Francis Hotel bar serving inventive cocktails & gourmet bar food.
  • Johnny Foley's Irish House |243 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-954-0777 
    Irish bar with pints & hearty pub grub as well as frequent live music & dueling piano shows.
  • ENO Wine Bar |  320 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102| Tel: 415-397-7000 
    Wines by the bottle, flight or glass plus cheese, charcuterie & chocolate in an elegant space.

Places to Shop:

  • Macy’s | 170 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-397-3333
    Department store chain providing brand-name clothing, accessories, home furnishings & housewares.
  • Apple | 300 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-486-4800 
    Apple retail store selling iPhones, iPads & more in sleekly designed spaces.
  • Nike | 278 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-392- 6453 
    Chain retailer selling a range of Nike athletic footwear, apparel & accessories.
  • Gucci | 278 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-392-2808 
    Luxury brand known for modern, Italian-crafted leather goods, apparel & accessories for men & women.
  • Tiffany & Co. | 350 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-781-7000 
    Luxury American retailer known for fine jewelry, china & silver, plus wedding registry.
  • William Sonoma | 340 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108 | Tel: 415-362-9450 
    Upscale chain offering high-end cookware, house-label kitchen accessories & gourmet goods.
  • Louis Vuitton | 233 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-391-6200 
    Luxury brand known for signature monogrammed handbags, luggage & more.
  • Victoria’s Secret | 335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Tel: 415-433-9671  
    Chain retailer known for women’s lingerie, plus pajamas, loungewear & beauty products. 

This article, ‘Top Things to do in Union Square’ is not a complete list of all there is to do, see, eat and drink in Union Square but it gives you a great place to start!  How about creating your own list during your net visit to San Francisco.

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