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The Castro

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Address: Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: +1 415-391-2000

San Francisco's famous gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with...

San Francisco's famous gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with interesting cafes, bars and shops worth exploring. The Castro Theatre draws movie buffs year-round with film festivals and movies of every genre.

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A great place to visit and see local life.

We passed through here on our tour of the city and I particularly loved the rainbow pedestrian crossings and the risque Barbies & Kens in the window.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Redhill, United Kingdom
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great neighborhood, though quiet during the day. Steeped in the equal rights movement for gays and lesbians there are a couple of sites of significant importance. The best way, in my opinion, to get the full story is to take the "Cruisin' the Castro" walking tour. For under 30 dollars you'll get an excellent guide who knows the history of... More 

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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited SF recently with my husband. When we go to SF, as we frequently do, we walk and explore. We decided to visit the Castro District which I had driven through many times, but never walked through. We enjoyed the entire area - clean, friendly, lots of restaurants and shops - a very pleasant experience. And I felt "safe" as... More 

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Ketchum, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A real neighborhood to visit....thank you SF. Interesting bars, clubs, restaurants, great historic movie theatre and people watching. If you loved pier 39 don't come here.

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Castro is the Castro, a relatively small neighborhood, nowadays much more diverse than years back, but still the mecca for LGBTQ folks. I never tire of relaxing with a drink in the Twin Peaks at rush hour, watching our people returning from work, dispersing from the Harvey Milk BART station. I was never sure I would want to live... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Castro has changed over the decades and it is losing its GLBT character as it becomes gentrified into the mainstream. I love walking up and down this street; through both the commercial and residential part of the Castro.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved the neighbourhood, people, shops and Daddys Barber Shop…the area is alive and has lots of fun.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to check it out, it's not the same as your Middle America small-town home, I guarantee it. Long considered a mecca for the gay population (or the current alphabet soup), it is one of the most "out" friendly places in the country, and very colorful to say the least. Might be a bit much to absorb for young... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Castro is a great place to visit lots of local history here with fantastic bars and restaurants. Found everyone here very friendly.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the heart of San Francisco for their LGBT acceptance, and for those with closed minds and hearts need to stay out of this area, but for us as a hetro couple - the food was incredible, the bars were great, the unique stores were plentiful, and the people were so SO welcoming!!! This area is becoming more baby... More 

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We passed through here on our tour of the city and I particularly loved the rainbow pedestrian crossings and the risque Barbies & Kens in the window.

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The Castro
A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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