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The Castro

Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
415-391-2000
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Ranked #66 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Driving
Owner description: San Francisco's famous gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with interesting cafes, bars and shops worth exploring. The Castro Theatre draws movie... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Take the F line to the Castro. Walk around, get lost, cruise the guys, hook up whatever. Great place for shopping, having lunch, and experiencing historic gay culture. A must see is the LGBT history museum, Stabucks(bearbucks), and hot cookie. You might see the occasional naked guy....it's ok to stare (and sometimes touch) if your brave. Come back at night... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We took the subway to the Castro district for an afternoon and had a blast. We stopped at Twin peaks got a shirt at orphan Andy's, went to mobey dicks and the cookie place. All was great! Mobey dicks had great drink specials with an awesome bartender. We went during the day and thought it was such a neat community... More

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Paris, France
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Seeing as a lot of my guy friends are gay, we spent many a night out in Castro! The people are fantastic and so much fun and so friendly it's an all round good time day or night. There are pretty good drink deals in the bars and just a general good atmosphere and clubs play some pretty damn good... More

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We walked to the Castro up market and found a neighborhood. What made our Castro experience unique even for diehard ny'er s was this man walking toward us on Market. What made him unique was the fact that all he had on was a sock and a set of glass frames. Otherwise he was in his totally hairless birthday suit... More

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Fort Worth, TX
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104 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went here for a "sing-a-long" presentation of Wizard of Oz...it was a fun time, good setting, audio, etc.

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you want decent coffee in the US (unheard of) go to the Castro. very welcoming and non judgemental crowd, no one cares what you wear or do, just don't be ignorant and stare. Good range of eating places, bars and shops. Safe area after dark and if you like adult toys, regardless of your sexuality, there is no shortage... More

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Ottawa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a great neighbourhood to while away a few hours with some wonderful people-watching. The people were friendly and there were lots of great options for restaurants and bars and your typical sex shops and underwear stores. I had a blast. There are some dodgy characters but all in all I enjoyed the vibe of the place. Check out... More

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Reno, Nevada
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29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Neat section of San Fran. Lots of great shops and eateries. Check out the Human Rights Center. It houses Harvey Milk's old office.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Recently moved from Boston to the Castro area and u see the widened the side walk but took several of the trees out and did not replace them. It's not the same.... It's not better..... Someone put the trees back. It looks no better then an ally way with shop, feels unfriendly and lost some of it's charm..... Put more... More

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San Angelo, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is known as the gay district of San Francisco. We are a straight married couple and just drove around the area and found the scenery to be amazing and the culture to be very inspiring. Everyone walking the streets in this neighborhood seemed to be so free and happy they must be doing something right.

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