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All reviews harvey milk castro theatre human rights hot cookie gay community camera shop f line interesting area dolores park twin peaks down market lots of history couple of hours rainbow flags centro neighborhood
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Okay...so I've heard about The Castro District all my life and with all the times I've visited San Francisco, I never seemed to get to this neighborhood. It was a real treat to be among the residents and visitors and simple enjoy the vibe of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 27, 2018

You have to go and have drinks at any of the cool bars they have around. This place is packed with a lot of interesting shops and people.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Natalia D
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

A friend of ours and her partner are getting married in Castro in the near future and as we were in the city we thought we would go and visit the area . We travelled there on one of the f line street cars and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank briank482
Reviewed December 11, 2018

I've visited gay village in different places and I am quite disappointed with the Gay village in Castro. seems to just become so blah. in other places, you know you are in the gay village because they are decorated differently to just accentuate the diversity....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed December 7, 2018

The Castro District is a fantastic blend of colour and culture ! There are so many nationalities/ethnic/minor groups living and mixing in harmony ! Art, dance, food, shopping, entertainment, friendliness and plenty more are here in abundance. Some research before you travel will certainly enhance...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank daf57
Reviewed November 30, 2018

It was wonderful to stroll around the neighbourhood with its many symbols of diversity and acceptance. Seeing the Twin Peaks Tavern it was easy to understand why it was such a herald of gay equality in the early 1970s, with its large un-curtained windows allowing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank permia
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Small main area along Castro with nice small shops, quick eateries and sit down restaurants, Castro theater, and a lot of history! Long ride on the F bus from downtown, but worth it for the $2.75 fare.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 12Barca17
Reviewed November 19, 2018

Spent the afternoon in the Castro area. Went to visit the Human Rights shop along the main road. Very well kept area. Loved the friendly community feel of the place. Streets full of young people. Wish more places could be as tolerant as this place....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dolina M
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Super fun experience with my best friends! Such a wonderful, loving, friendly atmosphere! I love coming to the Castro District when I'm in the city

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank xoxo_jordie
Reviewed November 1, 2018

The Castro holds the distinction of being one of the first openly gay neighborhoods of the US. The district has points of interest like the Harvey Milk Plaza, the Castro theatre and the first hospice in the country to take care of gay patients suffering...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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,
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December 19, 2018|
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Response from 744Dmack744 | Reviewed this property |
It completely depends on what style of food and your price point. The Castro is filled with wonderful places to eat, from the dinner vibe to 5-star places. I didn't have one bad meal at any place. Here are a few I really... More
June 13, 2017|
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Response from Jon-Tony C | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is the Gay area of San Francisco, we've been there a few times & you really feel comfortable being there
June 13, 2017|
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Response from dclare142 | Reviewed this property |
Sure it - all the stripes of the rainbow
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Indianapolis, Indiana
itinerary for Labor Day weekend visit (8 Replies)
I’m planning a long weekend trip out to San Francisco this Labor Day weekend. This has been one of the cities in the country that I’ve wanted to visit for so long. I’m more interested in exploring some of the city’s geography and overall layout, exploring the neighborhoods and walking around to discover this city. I am aggressive when it comes to walking and covering as much ground as I can and am constantly on the move. I was recently in London where I walked upwards to ten miles each day...More
June 15, 2018|
Response fromMadelineM_SF|
Given that you like to -- and can! -- walk fairly long distances I think this looks like an excellent itinerary. While in SoMa, take in Dog Patch. And while in the Sunset check out the 16th Ave. tiled steps. And while on the subject of steps, while in Cow Hollow/Pac Heights/Presidio look at the Lyon Street steps. From the top of the Lyon Street steps there is a pedestrian entrance gate to the Presidio. From there is a quick walk over to Woodline and Lover's Lane. Only a mile of so to...More
Karen S
Tucson, Arizona
The Castro (18 Replies)
We are a husband, wife and teenage son. We are visiting San Francisco for 5 days and found a rental in the Castro district. It is on Castro St near 21st. Would we feel out of place? As a heterosexual nuclear family would we be more comfortable in a different area? Is there a mixture of ages and walks of life that live in the area? Any advice would be appreciated.
October 21, 2014|
Response fromphil s|
Several of my Gay acquaintances have complained about the Gentrification of the Castro. You should have no more problems in the Castro then any other area of the city.
Thanks for everyones help great 3 day trip (1 Reply)
My husband and myself just got back from our 3 day trip to San Francisco and I wanted to thank everyone on this forum who helped make my trip a huge success. I got all my directions, my sightseeing ideas, my tips on BART travel, clothing attire tips here from destination experts and experienced travelers. I always rely on trip advisor for all of my holidays. The locals in SanFran were friendly, we had a wonderful time. We never had any rain. The Bart got us to our hotel very easily. We walked...More
May 23, 2012|
Response fromMadeleine M|
So glad it was a nice trip. Thanks a bunch for reporting back ... come back soon!