"Center of Downtown" Union Square Tip by heryanta

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I consider Union Square as the 'center of downtown' - at least for touristic purposes.
A number of well-known hotels are cramped into the area and you will find, somewhat unfortunately, a lot of touristy bars and restaurants.

What to see & do:

Shop. The Macy's flagship store is located right on Union Square, and so is Neimann Marcus. Along Post street you will find fine boutiques like Burberry and Prada.
Other well-known shops include Borders (Books), the Disney store and Niketown.

Eat. Walk west towards Jones and there are lots of ethnic restaurants on Geary and Post. Some of my favourites include Borobudur (Indonesian on Post & Jones) and Katana-Ya (Ramen house on Geary & Taylor). The famous Lori's diner also has a couple of branches here, although it's not my favourite spot to eat. Other good & famous restaurants that I have or haven't tried in the area include Farallon (Seafood on Post), Michael Mina (American at Westin St Francis Hotel) and Postrio by Wolfgang Puck (Prescott Hotel on Post).

Drink. The rather famous Redwood room at Clift Hotel is 5 minutes walk on Geary and Taylor. Also there's a lively Irish bar called Johnny Foley's on Mason & O'Farrell.

Sightsee. The Westin St. Francis hotel has those famous elevators that runs outside of the building. The gigantic Christmas tree is put up during Thanksgiving time, and the "Heart" of Tony Bennet (from the song).

Give money to charity. What? Yeah, there's a bunch of homeless people asking for spare change.

Address: Union Square
Directions: Uhm - well this is a landmark - just ask :)
Phone: (415) 781-7880
Website: http://www.visitunionsquaresf.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 24, 2007
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