The Union Square is a public plaza that is about 2.6 acres in coverage. The Union Square opens daily between the hours of 10 AM and 11:30 PM.
Union Square is one of the major cultural and retail centers in San Francisco and the area is called Union Square because it was used during the American Civil War for rallies by the Union Army. The park was built and named in 1850 by John Geary who was the first mayor of San Francisco.
The surrounding areas of the Union Square and the one block plaza remains one of the largest collections of retail stores, art galleries, departmental stores, tourist shops, gift shops, upscale boutiques and beauty shops in the United States. This makes the Union Square a very popular destination for tourists, an astonishing world-class premier shopping district, and an important cosmopolitan gathering place in San Francisco. With the biggest names in retail, almost all the world’s most renowned fashion labels have set up a shop either within or around the Union Square.
The repertory off the Broadway, small inns, grand hotels and single act theaters around makes the Union Square a stunning, dynamic and great place to explore, apparently a shopping heaven for the rich folks. The atmosphere is great with sightseeing buses and cable car. Union Square is best enjoyed when you walk around.
The popular theatres of the Union Square are the prestigious American Conservatory Theatre, Golden Gate Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, and the Curran Theatre.
Most of the galleries can be found on the storefronts of Geary, Post and Sutter. Some of them are Christopher-Clark Fine Art, Meyerovich, Pasquale Iannetti, and Weinstein. These galleries display great modern and old works of Renoir, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Dali, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Rembrandt.
The square is best viewed from the Sir Francis Drake Hotel’s Harry Denton’s Starlight Room and some of the upper floors of the shops and galleries that surrounds the square.
It is vital to note that many galleries at the Union Square are closed on Mondays while a few are closed on Sundays. Most of the stores open until eight o’clock in the evening and a few go beyond. The nightlife option is great, although the place is not really saturated with bars. The area is vibrant and safe for walking around at night, with lots of locals and tourists shuffling from cab to theater or restaurant.
Saturday afternoon is the perfect time to visit the Union Square for people that love battling for space with thousands of other shoppers in a café, the dressing room, or on the side walk. For the lovers of sanity, the most appropriate time to visit the Union Square is the weekday mornings.