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March 15, 2013

The Top 10 Things to do This Spring in Union Square SF

The official first day of spring is next week, and we’re ready to celebrate. The sun is out in Union Square, and it’s time to shake off the wintertime, freshen up and start enjoying the good weather. Here are a few ideas for kicking off the season with the newest and hottest offerings in Union Square SF.

Spend a Lazy Afternoon in Union Square Park

There is just something magical about being in the park on a sunny afternoon. You’re simultaneously surrounded by the bustle of a fabulous city and by the serenity of an urban oasis. For a little refreshment, we suggest you grab an espresso and Italian pastry at the new café on the Square Bancarella while you bask in the sunshine.

Grab a Glass of wine at the new EnoSF

We’re so excited to welcome the new Eno wine room to the neighborhood! Located in the Westin St. Francis, this decadent yet casual wine bar specializes in three of our favorite things – wine (of course), cheese and chocolate. Need we say more?

Accompany a Bride at the New Vera Wang

Know anyone who’s getting married? If you do, or you are getting married, we feel you must make a stop at the fabulous new Vera Wang flagship boutique on Geary St. It has amazing views and offers top notch customer service with complimentary bubbly, and of course, spectacular, show-stopping dresses.  

Go Ahead, Get that Tangerine Pair of Slacks

Another new kid on the block, Bonobos is a men’s shop with a twist. More of a showroom than an actual shop - you can try on the clothes but you still order them online - Bonobos started when two Stanford grads wanted better fitting pants and is now a full-on men's fashion house. The space itself is one you can get comfy in with eclectic antiques and even a bar area up front for private trunk shows. Their guides can help any guy look his best in a wide variety of colorful slacks, jeans, shirts and accessories, perfect for a dapper spring. Plus, our readers get 20% off a purchase of $150 or more for referencing "VisitUnionSquare" in the notes section when scheduling online.

Pamper Yourself at one of our Day Spas

Stop in one of our many day spas to squeeze in a little springtime pampering! At Aria Skin & Body, you can get a special stress relief energy healing treatment - it’s only 30 minutes long and will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world. Atelier Emmanuel on Stockton St. offers hair styling that’s gorgeous and easy to maintain, a perfect way to start the new season. Bella Pelle on Maiden Ln. specializes in luxurious skin care treatments, including facials that will leave your skin clear, soft and glowing.

Inject a Little Culture in Your Life with an Art Exhibit

Did you know there are over 40 galleries in Union Square? Two exciting exhibits happening right now are Day of Dreams & Visions a show of the beautifully epic floral pieces by Bobbie Burgers at Caldwell Snyder Gallery Mar. 7-31, and The Time Between, an exhibit that melds past, present and future in works by Gregg Chadwick at Sandra Lee Gallery Mar. 7-30.

Catch a live band at Optical Underground

Fashion-friendly eyewear and fun local bands, anyone? It may not be the most intuitive combination, but Optical Underground goes above and beyond your normal eyewear shop, throwing parties with live bands, refreshments and good company. Check out local band the Dandelion War (melodic post-rock with a xylophone) along with beer by Black Star Brewery Apr. 26, 7-9 pm.

Find Luxe Accessories at DSW’s New Pop-up Luxe810

Luxury brands like Bottega Veneta, Armani and Roberto Cavalli are featured at DSW’s fabulous new pop-up Luxe810, now open on Post St. This is the perfect spot to get your hands on discounted designer shoes, bags, jewelry and more to start your spring on the right foot.

Take in a Play at SF Playhouse’s New Theater

Known for edgy but widely appealing shows, SF Playhouse offers up thought-provoking and entertaining plays that make for the perfect evening on the town. This spring, they’ll be featuring Reasons to be Pretty – a play by Neil LaBute about beauty and our culture Mar. 26 – May 11.

Get Italian at Loehmann’s

Italians have a flair for fashion, and this month Loehmann's is featuring designer Italian clothes from brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Moschino and Missoni at serious discounts. Stop by the Sutter St. shop to get a dose of Italian fashion at a fraction of the original cost.