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San Francisco Union Square

San Francisco Union Square is a wonderful place to shop around. You can find all different department stores including landmark-scale Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Macy's. And SF's famous cable cars depart from Union Square to three different directions. Lots of great restaurants too :)
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I love union square in sf! I went for a coffee in the central park with a friend last spring, it was lovely
i like Macy's
SF my favorite
one of the best places to shop in Cali.
Macy's in union square is different from other Macy's I see all the time. :)
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