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The Castro

Address: Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 415-391-2000
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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San...
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Ranked #49 of 333 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Driving
Owner description: San Francisco's famous gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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 buffs year-round with film festivals and movies of every genre.
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136 reviews 136 reviews
81 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Baltimore
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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Cameron, Oklahoma, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A fun place to walk around and shop. I loved the rainbow flags everywhere! Not just for LGBT, my husband and I had a great time!

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New York City, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Adorable gay friendly neighborhood totally cute. Rainbow crosswalks made for some adorable pictures. Great restaurants nice place to visit.

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california
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Always want to come and visit, finally a few days ago I did it, it was just a very couple of hours, I was with my teen daughter so didn't enjoy a night life atmosphere, but we did enter for a drink @ Starbucks, jump to see Hot Cookies store and also some other interesting places.The couple of people who... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The Castro now has wider sidewalks, new street lighting and group of Palm Trees along the street. Rainbow crosswalks are a joy.

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Delmar, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited the Castro section of SF when we were there in May. A a gay couple we knew of its existence and importance in relation to the rights and freedoms of gay people. We were surprised at how much smaller in size it was. We went on an organized tour of the area and learned some interesting facts about... More 

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Hertford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Going to Castro was our best idea. We had good food, a good drink and a great laugh with the people there. They were friendly and we felt completely at ease.

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Don't go to be some stinkin' tourist... go to just live it. Go in the shops. Go in the bars. Eat dinner. Buy a book. Don't be a tourist - just go experience the hood and be real.

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