High-end stores ring Union Square now, but this people-watching plaza was once a hotbed of protest – it's named for pro-Union Civil War...
Ruth Asawa's San Francisco Fountain
Covered in local landmarks and colorful SF characters, Ruth Asawa's 1973 San Francisco Fountain captures the city's spirit. Sculptor...
Ruth Asawa Fountain
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Line up at the half-price ticket booth to score cheap seats for unsold day-of or next-day shows. Check the website first, if you can,...
Artisanal Italian pastries, powerful espresso and prosciutto sandwiches at outdoor tables in Union Square.
Union Square information
High-end stores ring Union Square now, but this people-watching plaza was once a hotbed of protest – it's named for pro-Union Civil War rallies held here. Atop the central pillar is the Goddess of Victory, who's apparently having a wardrobe malfunction. This bare-breasted deity is modeled after Big Alma Spreckles, who volunteered her nude-modeling services when she heard sugar-baron Adolph Spreckels was heading the monument committee. Spreckles became her 'sugar daddy,' and Alma donated her fortune to build the Legion of Honor.