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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
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+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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Colourful place to visit

San Francisco is very hilly and steep. We visited this place and walked along Castro St. It was interesting to see the local businesses, Harvey Milk's old camera shop and the... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Francisco is very hilly and steep. We visited this place and walked along Castro St. It was interesting to see the local businesses, Harvey Milk's old camera shop and the Castro theatre. We got some cookies from the shop next to the Castro Theatre (be aware of the semi-nude photos of people in the shop if you have kids)

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Citrus Heights, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always wonderful restaurants, bars, shopping and people-watching. Easy access to public transportation from downtown. Lots of fun things to do. See where Harvey Milk's photo shop was. The Castro Theater is great for movies and stage performances and an historic treasure.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

So much diversity , color, and flare is see in the Castro. I love all the Flags and painted walkways , shops, resturants and people

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

San fran is surprisingly large and districts further apart than you think. Castro is maybe 15 min drive from fishermans wharf. The area itself is qwerky, laid back, fun loving and relaxed. Loads of places to eat and drink. Loved it here

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Renting a Airbnb on Castro St while my family visits San Francisco. A colourful neighbourhood with some excellent shops and restaurants. Noted by its rainbow sidewalks the neighbourhood is unmistakably gay. We had no issues with it and everyone was so friendly. Transport to the city and pier district is simple. The metro train station is on market and castro... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

My favourite neighbourhood in San Francisco. It's got some cool bars and restaurants. It's clean and extremely pretty. Definitely worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Castro Street is great for a morning or afternoon stroll. The rainbow flags and crossings add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood. The Human Rights Campaign store is a worth a stop – it is in Harvey Milk’s old camera store, we spent probably half an hour or so in there chatting with the guys. Our dog even got some... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

A really neat and historic area of San Francisco. A variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, and history (see the movie Milk with Sean Penn, if you haven't already).

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

It's always fun to browse the shops and watch the crowds on Castro Street, though more of the better shops are now around the corner on Market Street.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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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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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