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Address: Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 415-391-2000
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Driving, Nightlife, Dining
Description: 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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LGBT haven - and very welcoming to non-gays alike!

Great to walk through this historical area - especially if you're LGBT: although it's not an exclusive ghetto. It's fun for all, and very friendly and safe. So much to do and see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice different place to be, day and night, each time having their own qualities, and off course what you might be looking for, It is cosmopolitan friendy welcoming, and just a very comfortable place to be. Love it

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great to walk through this historical area - especially if you're LGBT: although it's not an exclusive ghetto. It's fun for all, and very friendly and safe. So much to do and see from political bookshops to lively bars and clubs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you have some free time make sure to check this place out. It's not a must but the atmosphere is very laid back and chill. Not to mention there's plenty of places to buy adult content.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Nothing much to see but will be a good experience for a shirt walk in the town to sew how the locals live Many colourful rainbow paintings and flag seen around the town

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Took an afternoon walk out the the Castro area and was well worth my time. Cute little shops and friendly service. The streets were very busy but no one pushing past or anything like that. Even made it the the LGBT museum which was $5 and learnt a bit more about the Gay history battle in San Fran. It helped... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Definitely a must-see for all LGBT Americans. So much of our history was altered in this neighborhood. Plenty to eat and see, although carry cash - plenty of restaurants are cash only.

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Portola Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I love bringing out-of-town visitors to the Castro because to me it is quintessential San Francisco. First of all, no one gets quite as much mileage out of a pun as Castro shop-keepers (definitely stop in for a manicure at the Hand Job salon!). The shop window displays are also quite creative and fun. There are plenty of nice restaurants... More 

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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

If I wanted to see rainbow flags, I didn't ned to go to The Castro for that. There are plenty of rainbow flags throughout San Francisco. I thought I was going to see something that defined The Castro but there were a few oddities but nothing really to write home to about. I guess, I don't know what I was... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We spent a couple of hours walking around the Castro. It had a really cool, laid-back vibe, some unique little shops and things to look at. Great place to spend some time if you are tired of the crowds and overwhelming tourist-y stuff at Fisherman's Wharf. Very easy to get to on the F streetcar.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Great walk through afternoon, especially love the crosswalks! We ate, people-watched, and treated ourselves to several selections from Hot Cookie on the way out. A fun district with great historical houses and buildings. Only wish we had more time in SF.

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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 neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters 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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