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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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The Castro district is a great part of San Francisco to visit. lots of shops, cafes and restaurants and very evidently a centre of the Gay community. It also has a lot of history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The Castro district is a great part of San Francisco to visit. lots of shops, cafes and restaurants and very evidently a centre of the Gay community. It also has a lot of history for the Gay movement and there is a lot of pride in its achievements evident there. Rainbow flags are everywhere and even some of the pedestrian... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

It's a cute area, and worth a walk around. We bar hopped to every bar in the area, and they all seemed to blend into one. As the sun sets, the clubby places get packed and they have the heater blaring. I think it's appropriate to have a dance club at a dancing temperature and odor free. Every bar STANK... More 

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Mississauga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

As one of the iconic locations for significant human and civil rights in the 20th Century this neighbourhood needs to be explored simply to pay respect to those people who did sacrifice themselves in the cause for the improvement of other peoples' lives. Great bars, restaurants, bistros and shops. Research this area thoroughly and take a few hours to enjoy... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This was lots of fun to visit. Not the best gay neighbourhood I've ever visited, but the best neighbourhood in San Francisco. Lots of rainbow flags, shops, cafes etc.

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Winfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is definitely the part of San Francisco that I would like to re-visit. We stopped here briefly during the day when doing a tour. Then, we came back at night for dinner, and the area was busy and full of energy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The Castro District, an iconic neighbourhood of San Francisco, is definitely worth a visit! The area is full of historical and significant landmarks, good food and coffee, and unique shops. I enjoyed a lovely and long afternoon browsing stores, drinking coffee, and appreciating landmarks and momentous events that took place in this area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I enjoyed walking the Castro & learning the history of the area. The people were very friendly and I enjoyed having an Irish at the Twin Peaks Bar. Very fun boutiques & shops

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A short ride on the F historic streetcar from downtown plunked us down in the Castro, which was a fun place to stroll for a couple of hours. Lots of interesting stores and history in the neighbourhood itself, which was the center of the HIV/AIDS crisis back in the day. Where else can you find rainbow-coloured crosswalks? We appreciate diversity... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

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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Address: Address: Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 415-391-2000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro

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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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