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July 24, 2015

The Top 10 Sights to See in Union Square SF

It's summer, which means we've got tons of new visitors in Union Square SF ready to experience all we have to offer. Here's our list of the top 10 sights to see in Union Square, SF's #1 visitor destination. 

1. The Cable Car Turnaround – we love seeing those guys hand turn the cable cars every day! It harkens back to SF’s history, and you can hop on and visit our friends in Fisherman’s Wharf.

2.  The Hearts of Union Square – perhaps the best photo opp in town. Take your pic with our beautiful neighborhood in the background and check out these hearts made by local artists to support SF General Hospital.

3.  Union Square Park & The Dewey Monument – OK, this one may be obvious, but standing in the center of Union Square Park definitely makes you feel like you’re at the center of the universe. Take a moment to say hi to Alma (our affectionate name for the Dewey Monument), which was modeled after local celeb Alma de Breteville Sprekels.

4.  Grant Ave. – this lovely avenue sometimes gets overlooked. It’s full of designer brands like Scotch & Soda, 7 For all Mankind and Marlowe and features large sidewalks, perfect for a mid-day stroll in the sun. Plus, it leads right up to the China Town gates, another of SF’s sight’s to see!

5.  Maiden Lane – this lovely little pedestrian alley features some of the top luxury shops in SF with a new Maison Martin Margiela, Chanel, Alexander McQueen and more. Plus, on weekends, you can catch spontaneous operatic performances and occasionally a food and wine event.

6.  The Westin St. Francis – one of SF’s most historic buildings. The St. Francis hotel has been in SF since before the 1906 earthquake. It’s interior is impressive and maintains some of the original details of the hotel – totally worth a looksy.

7.  The dome at Westfield and the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus – so, we realized that domes must have been popular back in the early 1900’s when all of these grand department stores were being built, and we can understand. They are gorgeous, and it doesn’t hurt that you can enjoy a meal underneath them at either place.

8.  Sutter St. – filled with home-grown boutiques like Ethos, Brit + Co. and Wingtip as well as tasty eateries like E&O Asian Kitchen and After Osha, Sutter St. is a must hit while you’re in Union Square.

9.  The view from the top of the Grand Hyatt – the 36th floor is an event space, but it’s worth it just to ride the elevators up or try to attend an event there. The unobstructed panoramic view of the city and San Francisco Bay is breathtaking.

10.  The Powell St. Promenade – we brought SF’s biggest parklet to life with the help of Audi and the City of San Francisco. It’s a great place to perch while you’re enjoying a cup of coffee or just resting a bit between shops.