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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 #72 of 376 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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363 reviews 363 reviews
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210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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65 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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25 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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
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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 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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113 helpful votes 113 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 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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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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