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Address: Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 415-391-2000
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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Don't Just Walk and Up Down Castro Street!

I've lived in this neighborhood for a long time and these days I prefer Noe Valley (over the hill) rather than Eureka Valley (the Castro) because you never know what you are going... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were staying in Union Square but took the muni to Castro on a Saturday morning. We would definitely visit this neighbourhood again. Castro has historical significance that is still very much a part of the fabric of San Francisco. It was nice to see more of a residential area of the city, and we found everyone we encountered very... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We went on a tour of the Castro in November last year. This neighbourhood is absolutely packed with history from Harvey Milk to the AIDS epidemic. Our guide really made the history come to life and we spent all day checking out the cafes and shops afterwards. If you like history and awesome neighbourhoods visit the Castro.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This is where the West Coast version of Stonewall (NYC West Village) took hold to promote the equal rights of LGBT individuals, as well as minorities everywhere. Visit Harvey's at 18th and Castro to be in the center of it all. Don't miss the flag and Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and Market Street.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I've lived in this neighborhood for a long time and these days I prefer Noe Valley (over the hill) rather than Eureka Valley (the Castro) because you never know what you are going to encounter in the Castro, and a lot of times it is not pretty. That said, the Castro is close to a lot of interesting sites to... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Used to live in the neighborhood 20 years ago (1988-1994). Still in the Bay Area and get back there at least once a month. So I know the Castro very well. I think it's an amazing neighborhood but not necessarily so amazing if you're a tourist. I enjoyed living here because I knew everyone. I had lots of friends, I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

When we visit the City, we stay in the Union Square area because its central to everywhere we want to go. But for this trip, we took the 10 minute Muni ride from Powell and Market to the Castro for a morning stroll, and we were glad we did! Although San Francisco is a tightly-packed city, the Castro is a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

A large community still live there, with some of them dressed to attract attention. There are also a lot of tourists in the main street. Otherwise, the rest of the area has nice Victorian style houses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Castro is the mother ship for LGBT rights / history. Great bars, restaurants and shopping. Don't miss the HRC Store in the legendary former camera store run by slain civil rights hero, Harvey Milk

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Wonderful part of town, very friendly people, and of course, it's super gay! From the crosswalks to the giant flag as soon as you get off the Muni, there are rainbows everywhere. There are TONS of great places to shop and get great deals on mens and women's clothing. For the more adventurous, there are also several adult stores up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Worth driving or walking the Castro area of San Francisco to get the flavor of another neighborhood that has had a large influence on thus city's growth.

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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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