Travel picks near Union Square, San Francisco

Our editor scours the streets of San Francisco for popular hotels, restaurants and local attractions
 Inside the lobby at Hotel Adagio  Guestrooms at Hotel Adagio  Menu offerings from Espetus Churrascaria  Dulce de Leche Crêpe at Espetus Churrascaria  Adventure Cat sunset sail


It’s only been two days since our Editor returned from vacation to San Francisco and we’re already sharing our favorite picks for hotel and restaurants in the city near Union Square. Whether you’re spending 48 hours in the City for a business trip, or spending multiple days in the area for a well-deserved holiday, read on about our favorite highlights from our trip.


We started our 10-day adventure in the City by the Bay with an incredible musical festival, Outside Lands. After spending three days in Golden Gate Park listening to the smooth tunes by MGMT, Foster the People, Erykah Badu, Muse, Arcade Fire, and more, we wanted nothing more than to rest our tired heads in a hotel with lush linens and bathroom amenities, helpful staff, great dining, and a close proximity to the downtown area.

Our favorite hotel near Union Square is Hotel Adagio, a Joie de Vivre property. Situated just two blocks away from Union Square Park and all of its shopping and restaurant offerings, Hotel Adagio offers beautiful views of the city with a staff that caters to your every wish. We opted for an Executive Junior Suite on the 15th floor and woke up to the sights and sounds of the bustling city each morning. Rooms are spacious and even ideal for families traveling together. And make sure you spend some time at Bar Adagio, either for a late night cap or a few small plates to start your evening.


Hands down, San Francisco has an impressive list of restaurants in the area, ranging from Michelin Star dining establishments, historical eateries, and even mom-and-pop shops offering new spins on culinary classics. If you’re in the mood to indulge, you MUST check out Espetus Churrascaria, an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse. Gaucho chefs cooked up about nine different types of meat for the lunch menu, ranging from Parmesan Crusted Pork Loin, Chicken Hearts, and Homemade Pork Sausage. The restaurant’s gourmet salad bar offers traditional side dishes like couscous, fish stew, and various salads to complement your meal. And don’t forget the dessert. I indulged in the Açaí Cheesecake and the Dulce de Leche Crêpe and they both were some of the best during our trip.


While most travelers opt for a day at the spa to unwind, or even a walk through the park to take some moments to relax, I highly recommend looking into a cruise out on the San Francisco Bay to not only rejuvenate after a busy trip, but also see some impressive sights of the city. Head over to Pier 39 and take a 90-minute sunset sail with Adventure Cat and take in the sights of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and the City. A bar and light snacks are available on board making for the perfect start to a romantic evening. 

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