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The Castro

Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San...
Ranked #69 of 385 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Driving
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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.
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Brooklyn, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I spent some amazing dancing nights in the Castro. Although, the end of my night included me getting chased out of a bar by angry drag queens who apparently don't like it when I stage crash them effectively upstaging them, I would consider that night a success. I left with the memory, and without a size 12 stiletto in my... More

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Varberg, Sweden
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Castro is also known as the gay district. Whatever, it is a very friendly neighbourhood and everyone we met, was kind and helpful and came up with suggestions for our visit. Dont miss to visit the place where Harvey Milk had his photo shop. History!!

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Paso Robles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We got dressed up and walked on Castro Street. It was a fun, energetic atmosphere. It's not just for gays anymore!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a place definitely worth visiting in no hurry. It's full of history if you pay attention to the sidewalks, stores and bars. There are lots of options from theater to restaurants, night clubs and bars. It's worth the visit during the day and during the night because the options are different and so are people visiting.

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Battle, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Heard about the castro so we visited easy by bus or trolley I was amazed by the whole scene Everything is a vibrant friendly atmosphere the shops were array of everything you could imagine and more the bars and restaurants are very reasonably priced and dont worry if you need directions someone will always oblige

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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190 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This area is well known for its gay community, but I think it has a lot more to offer than just that. It has a vibe of its own. Apparently, it used to be legal to walk the streets of San Francisco completely naked, but we were told that this now applies only on parades. There were no parades that... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Castro neighborhood was a very nice surprise for me. I knew about its history and Harvey Milk, that's why I wanted to visit it, but I found much more than that there. The first thing that I saw when I arrived there was a bunch of naked people laying on a plaza. They were just standing there.. sunbathing I... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My female friend is very intrigued by the history of this area, so her and I went here for an evening and hopped a few bars & restaurants. What a cool area with an interesting history. As a straight guy I was given credit by a local for being willing to come to the area to check it out &... More

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San Francisco, California
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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