Exploring San Francisco’s Union Square

When I began planning my second trip to San Francisco I wanted to be near several neighborhoods, exceptional restaurants, and shopping.  I booked my trip through Expedia and got a great deal on a luxury hotel a half-block from Union Square in the Financial District.  Union Square is in walking distance to Chinatown and North Beach.  I recommend using the Bart station or cable cars to access other parts of the city or to avoid infamous hills.  Union Square is also a convenient area, because it’s near pharmacies and clothing shops should you need to make a quick purchase.  So, without further ado, here are my favorite places in the Union Square area.

I stayed at the Taj Campton Place.  Check travel sites for great deals on this hotel (I used Expedia).

  • 5 Star Hotelarchitecture-downtown-apartment-building-building
  • Blissfully comfortable bedding
  • 2 Star Michelin restaurant & bistro (delicious breakfast!)
  • Black Jaguar house car (ride in style!)
  • Roomy bathrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi

Café Madeleine has delicious coffee and pastries. I personally enjoyed the spinach and goat cheese quiche for a quick lunch.

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  • Fresh fruit
  • Delicious salads and paninis
  • Sidewalk seating
  • Variety of biscotti
  • Flavorful pastas
  • Plethora of cakes


Union Square is home to both affordable and high-end fashion shops.  Plus, the Macy’s is five stories tall!

  • Some of my favorite shops with reasonable prices:macys-05
    • Zara
    • Banana Republic
    • Ann Taylor LOFT
    • Kurt Geiger Shoes
    • Niketown
  • My favorite high-end shops:
    • Nordstrom (clearance section is fairly affordable)
    • Barneys
    • Saks Fifth Avenue
    • Ted Baker
    • Marc Jacobs

After a day of shopping and touring Union Square, I suggest having dinner at Hops & Hominy located on Tillman Place (a pedestrian alley off Grant Ave). Excellent Southern dishes and that’s coming from a Georgia girl.  Try the mac & cheese with bacon!

  • 21 American micro-brews on tap0c3df1a1300ae13c5f1a6c317695be05
  • Organic
  • Excellent fried chicken (free range)
  • Seafood options
  • Great variety of wines
  • Open Table winner, Diner’s Choice 2016


Another equally delicious restaurant is Scala’s Bistro on Powell St.  It’s mainly Italian cuisine with plenty of seafood options.  They also serve breakfast and lunch; I loved their poached eggs and corned beef hash.  It’s a bit pricey; however, you’re sure to enjoy it!

  • Excellent pizzas & pastasscalassf
  • Extensive wine list (over 60!)
  • Brunch menu
  • Lightfare menu
  • Helpful staff
  • Located inside the Sir Francis Drake hotel



If you enjoyed learning about San Francisco’s Union Square, then head over to my post about San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district.





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