Explore the Heart of San Francisco: Things to Do in Union Square
Feel the dynamic energy of San Francisco past, present, and future in Union Square – an electrifying plaza and neighborhood with landmark style and grace. Situated in the epicenter of the city's downtown shopping district, Union Square is home to the finest collection of stores in the city (and possibly the world). Almost every fashion house in the world has set up shop in this neighborhood, and you'll find an endless array of opportunities for retail therapy – including the flagship Macy's. But shopping is just the beginning of the things to do in Union Square, which is also a hotspot for theater, dining, and nightlife. Best of all, all of the modern charms of this gathering place are just steps away from our boutique hotel, Hotel Nikko.
Where Is Union Square in San Francisco?
Union Square is situated southwest of the Financial District, southeast of Nob Hill, and northeast of the Tenderloin. From here it's within walking distance to Chinatown and South of Market (SoMa). Easy public transportation connections make it a breeze to reach other parts of the city. Hop on the Powell Street cable car to ride to Fisherman's Wharf; the trolley stop is just a two-minute walk from our hotel. Check out the sea lions on Pier 39, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, or ride the ferry to Alcatraz. Everything is at your fingertips from our prime central location at Union Square.
Shop Until You Drop in Union Square
Discover a true shopper's paradise in Union Square, starting with the nine-story Westfield Shopping Centre. This massive mall is known for its gorgeous domed atrium – not to mention over 200 shops and restaurants, including a large underground food court. It's anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, but if that's not enough you'll also find a Neiman Marcus and a Saks Fifth Avenue just around the corner. And plenty of stand-alone stores line the side streets around Union Square, fan favorites like Apple, H&M, and Tiffany's. But the biggest shopping draw of the neighborhood is also its most celebrated landmark: Macy's.
Macy's: More Than a Department Store, an Icon of San Francisco
Spanning an entire city block, this massive department store attracts shoppers from around the world. The building has been part of the story of San Francisco for almost a century, first commissioned in 1928 by O'Connor, Moffat & Co. – the pioneers of the department store in the American West. Converted into a Macy's in 1947, the store was quickly expanded and given a flashy new glass-fronted entry facing Union Square. It's been a hub of shopping and life in Union Square ever since, and today is the second-largest department store in the country. Even if you're not in the mood to shop, its dazzling scale and decadent offerings are worth a look just for the experience. You'll also find gourmet dining and special events, especially during the holidays when Macy's famous tree and window displays become the focal point of Union Square. The lighting of this tree kicks off the holiday season each year in San Francisco.
A Night on the Town: Live Shows & Theater Stars
There's always something going on in the theaters and venues of Union Square, from late-night comedy acts and DJ dance clubs to Broadway shows and rock concerts. This area is packed with venues of all shapes and sizes, including the Curran Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse. Custom Made Theater Co., and the Un-Scripted Theater Company – just to name a few. Whether you're looking for an intimate evening for two or a thrilling late-night adventure, our concierge will be happy to help you with local recommendations and arrangements.
Where to Eat in Union Square: Amazingly Diverse Dining
Our neighborhood is home to many of the top-ranked restaurants in the city, which is a culinary hotspot for locals as well as travelers. Indulge in a huge variety of cuisines: Southeast Asian fare, Italian pizzas, Thai street food, Chinese dim sum, French fine dining, and so much more. Try a Taiwanese hot pot at Supreme Crab Thai noodles at Kin Khao. Feast on Korean-Mexican food at Tacorea and Indian curries at Little Delhi. And you'll encounter the best contemporary Japanese cuisine at ANZU, our acclaimed restaurant for the city's freshest sushi, sashimi, and inspired Asian dishes. Take your appetite on a global adventure right here in Union Square.
An Inspired Oasis with Asian Style in Union Square: Hotel Nikko
Stay steps away from all of the amazing things to do in Union Square at our freshly renovated hotel, a boutique oasis that feels instantly comfortable and impeccably luxurious. From the mouthwatering cuisine at ANZU to the craft cocktails at Kanpai Lounge, every element is created to give you an enlightened travel experience that's imbued with the spirit of the city. Feel the authentic character of San Francisco at every turn, a stylish blend of Asian hospitality and California flair. Explore all that the city has to offer and then return to your elegant room or suite to enjoy pampering amenities and Japanese-inspired decor. Sleep like a baby on a pillowtop bed and savor breathtaking views of the city. Experience San Francisco like never before at our one-of-a-kind hotel, and become part of the riveting story of Union Square.