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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: Nightlife, Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Driving
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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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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Been all over the world and US, been on the planet for multiple decades and, yes, got to see my first walking on the sidewalk in just regular mode naked man (oh, that's naked San Fran style, where everything minus a glittery tassel over the part in question), among the sites of this neighborhood known for its LBGTQ inhabitants. Lots... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Firstly I admit visited during the day, but even so I found it a shadow of it's former glory. Many of the specialty shops I remember have gone including the wonderful Different Lights bookshop. Just a trendy suburb now. Maybe it picks up in the evening. Perhaps the fact that I came across a large contingent of schoolchildren headed for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

A walking tour through the Castro District was one of the highlights of our visit to San Francisco. Walking in the steps of Harvey Milk and the amazing efforts and achievements of his movement is a iconic part of what San Francisco represents. Visit the monuments, the school, the quilt and the shop. Fabulous!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The Castro neighborhood was at its heyday during the 1970s-1980s when the gays came in and fixed it up and made it gorgeous. It's still exciting to go and do a walk-through but, as with most cities, the gays made it beautiful and then the heteroSEXuals come in and take it over, slowly shoving the gays out. Possibly may end... 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 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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