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A Guide to Shopping, Art Galleries and Shows in Union Square

Enjoy a day of shopping, restaurants and shows in one of San Francisco’s premier neighborhoods, Union Square, with this recommended itinerary.

This restaurant is a local legend. Founded in 1938 and known for its “world famous 18 Swedish pancakes,’’ this winningly old school eatery by the cable car tracks on the west side of the square has given generations of diners a tasty start to their day.

439 Powell Street

The flagship department store location is a great stop in any season is the home to an official Visitor Information Center on the Cellar Level.

170 O’Farrell Street
150 Stockton Street

Neiman Marcus


Located on the southwest corner at Stockton and Geary streets, many top brands and designer labels can be found here.

150 Stockton Street

Purveyors of refined, Asian-accented accessories and other charming gifts, this store is a San Francisco shopping tradition.

135 Post Street

For those in search of fine jewelry, Shreve & Co. is an unparalleled San Francisco experience. It is currently housed in a temporary location as it creates a brand new destination store. 

117 Post Street

A 1930s-style restaurant known for big steaks, big salads, chops and seafood, this place is a time capsule of old San Francisco. Frequented by the fictional detective Sam Spade in the book and film of Dashiell Hammett’s "The Maltese Falcon," John’s Grill displays a Maltese Falcon statue and features the hardboiled private eye’s favorite lunch: Sam Spade’s Lamb Chops.

63 Ellis Street
49 Geary Street, 4th floor
Art Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery


This warm, minimal gallery space offers a plethora of contemporary art, with an emphasis on photography, among other mediums.

49 Geary Street, 4th floor
Art Gallery
American Conservatory Theater
14 Geary Street

Gallery Paule Anglim


This gallery specializes in California artists such as Bruce Conner, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Paul Kos, among other notables.

14 Geary Street
140 Maiden Lane

Frank Lloyd Wright Building


The exterior arched brickwork and interior spiral ramp were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948 and predate his famed Guggenheim museum design in New York City by more than a decade.

140 Maiden Lane

This striking Beaux Arts building is currently being remodeled and will reopen in January 2017 with "Fun House," winner of five Tony Awards including "Best Musical." 

445 Geary Street

This grand theater is home to the city’s most well-known theater company, the American Conservatory Theatre, whose productions star visiting headliners and home-grown ACT actors. Discount theater tickets are sold in Union Square proper at the TIX Bay Area booth.

415 Geary Street

This Indian-accented eatery is a great spot for dinner or a nightcap.

340 Stockton Street

A destination seafood place with a snug bar and artfully maritime décor; you can’t miss the jellyfish-shaped overhead lounge lights, complete with tentacles.

450 Post Street

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