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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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Great Part of the City - Free & Accepting

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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The area is known for its extravagance and a history for the fight for gay rights. In the daytime its rather dull but comes to life in the later hours of the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We came here during the day in winter so didn't see any of the crazy stuff described below, but the vibe was so cool, lots of little shops and cafés and bars, everything and everyone was so friendly!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The Castro is a great little neighborhood to just wander around. There are good restaurants and some little shops, and it just has a fun atmosphere. If you are there in June during the pride parade, get ready to be shocked, and have a ridiculous amount of crazy fun.

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El Paso, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My boyfriend and I experienced both the night life and daytime adventures of the Castro. It was such a quaint little gaybourhood. I had a slice of amazing pizza from a small pizzeria on Castro. I can't wait to go visit again.

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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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