Union Square: San Francisco's Animated City Center
San Francisco's biggest treat is exploring Union Square, one of the city's major centers of shopping and culture. Trolley cars coast past the neighborhood's namesake square, part of which transforms into an ice-skating rink in the winter.
Big-name shops - including San Francisco's iconic Gump's home décor and gifts store, Tiffany & Co. and Barneys New York -- border the square and stay open late. Sprinkled among them are major galleries like Christopher-Clark Fine Art and Weinstein, which exhibit works from old and modern masters.
The Theatre District is considered part of our neighborhood and many historic venues, like the 1909 Geary Theater, grab audiences with classic and cutting-edge plays. To buy half-price, day-of tickets to a multitude of shows, go to the TIX Bay Area booth at the corner or Geary and Powell streets.
For a far-reaching view of Union Square, head to Harry Denton's Starlight Room on the 21st floor the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The nightclub, which happens to do a great Sunday drag brunch, has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the action.