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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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This cosmopolitan area is very relaxed and friendly. Plenty of gay bars and shops cafe,s . The only disappointment was we were there the week bBefore Pride. There were flags... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This cosmopolitan area is very relaxed and friendly. Plenty of gay bars and shops cafe,s . The only disappointment was we were there the week bBefore Pride. There were flags everywhere. We went to one of the bars one evening and sunday Lunch also. I was slightly disappointed though. I thought the area would have been much bigger . There... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

What a great little neighborhood! It is a gay pride neighborhood so there are many rainbow references. Fun shops and people. My favorite, of course, was the street intersection that had a rainbow painted crosswalk. Perfection!!!

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genova
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The best area of San Francisco!! Colorful, clean, nice! I went to Harvey Milk house (the tears), the theatre and some shops. You cant miss it, and its wonderful rainbowed zebras!;)

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Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The crosswalks are very colorful and the neighborhood seems to be very cheerful. We also visited the Harvey Milk Plaza while we were there.

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Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Castro is a wonderful place to visit in San Francisco! My wife & I both place The Castro among our very favorite destinations in the City by the Bay! The people are super friendly, the shops are unique, the restaurants are fantastic & photo ops abound!! It is a fun way to spend the afternoon, walking & sightseeing!

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great bars and plenty of places to eat for a gay traveller this was a must visit place and we weren't disappointed, walk a bit down Market St too for a number of other good bars.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Love the Castro it you are in to the night life this is the one of the best places to go in the city.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Just walking through the Castro district gives you a rich history. There are many plaques built into the sidewalk that give you great information on the area as well as other civil rights history. The shops are interesting and may not all be child friendly, but as long as you keep an eye ahead to where you are walking you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Good place to walk around and hang out. A good mix of bars and places to eat. Orphan Andy's for breakfast is an experience! The GLBT Museum is worth a visit for the mementos of Harvey Milk.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Yet another must area to visit while travelling to San Francisco. The wall paintings are a must see. Fascinating.

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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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