Weekender: Union Street

The boutiques and bistros of a bustling San Francisco strand showcase their hip holiday charm.

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An oasis filled with greenery and art at the Secret Flower Garden beckons to passersby.

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Area code is 415.

To do and see
Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin The little church and its surrounding gardens date to 1891. 2325 Union St., 921-3665, smvsf.org. Octagon House Built in 1861 in a novel shape for a residence, now a museum of early American furnishings and documents. 2645 Gough St., 441-7512. Union Street Holiday Celebration A monthlong fete kicks off on Dec. 3, 2011, with cupcake decorating and thousands of holiday lights. sresproductions.com/fantasy_of_lights.html.

Shopping
Ambiance Pick out a girlie party frock with vintage styling. 1858 & 1864 Union St., 923-9796, ambiancesf.com. Atys A museumworthy gift shop filled with functional art. 2149-B Union St., 441-9220, atysdesign.com. Eurasian Interiors For that antique Chinese painted sideboard you’ve always wanted. 1861 Union St., 775-1610, eurasianinteriors.com. Fatto a Mano Venetian glass, Consigli cutlery, Tuscan furnishings. 1800 Union St., 525-4348, fattoamanosf.com. Past Perfect Some 40 dealers offer cool chandeliers, comfy slipper chairs, and vintage glass ornaments. 2224 Union St., 929-7651. Secret Flower Garden CLOSED. Sprout San Francisco Eco-chic for the little ones such as chlorine-free diapers and bamboo-cloth yoga pants in size 2T. 1828 Union St., 359-9205, sproutsanfrancisco.com.

Eats
Gamine French Bistrot Use your baguette to sop up every last drop of moules marinière. 2223 Union St., 771-7771, gaminesf.com. Ristorante Capannina Indulge in the Caesar salad with fresh Dungeness crab or come for the $25 early bird prix fixe supper. 1809 Union St., 409-8001, capanninasf.com. Rose’s Cafe Order the featherlight polenta with mascarpone and seasonal jam. 2298 Union St., 775-2200, rosescafesf.com.

Sleeps
Hotel Del Sol From $179 for AAA members. 3100 Webster St., 921-5520, jdvhotels.com. Union Street Inn From $219. 2229 Union St., 346-0424, unionstreetinn.com.

Photography by Melissa Barnes

This article was first published in November 2010 and updated in October 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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Request the Northern California & Nevada TourBook and San Francisco map at AAA.com or any AAA branch office. For more information, contact the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau: 391-2000, onlyinsanfrancisco.com.

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