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The Castro

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The Castro
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Address: Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 415-391-2000

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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Never ending party place

On my last day in the US, my friend and my cousin, whom I've not seen for years, invited me to go to Castro. Now I have heard of this place before and its reputation precedes it... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On my last day in the US, my friend and my cousin, whom I've not seen for years, invited me to go to Castro. Now I have heard of this place before and its reputation precedes it so I was very excited. I drove my friend's car and parked on the first available slot we saw. It was a Saturday... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A highlight of our walks around the city. Beautiful architecture, great restaurants, and friendly people. I almost skipped it, glad we didn't.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking the Castro was an awesome uplifting experience especially for us being a same-sex couple. Every little detail is pride themed from the crosswalk to the bank!!! It seems like all the hate on the world vanishes and your heart grows bigger with every flag standing tall. This is such an important historic sight for LGBT community and SF city... More 

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't imagine someone visiting San Fransisco and omitting even a short visit to this listorical-lika neighbourhood.From the centre it's approachable by Bart.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great neighborhood. Funky shops with fun, if provocative, names and a mix of restaurants and bars. Any member of the community will feel right at home in Castro.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Castro is one of the most famous LGBQT areas in the entire world. The streets and shops are decorated with countless rainbow flags, LGBQT specific shops and the rainbow honour walk, a Hollywood walk of fame style pavement that recognises LGBQT campaigners, honouraries, civil rights activitists and members from all over the world.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And interesting and very friendly district. We walked all the way from Powel station along Market street until we reached this area. Was interesting and sad to see so many people struggling and on the streets, some pretty badly affected by drug usage. But once reached Castro, streets were in full color, people friendly, nice little shops and coffee places... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place where all ‘Family’ members must visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s not the same Castro as years earlier as it certainly has become a lot more commercialized with national branded businesses and not as many mom & pop or local shops. There are so many places with significance in the neighborhood like Harvey Milk... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours here - and loved it. Walking up and down the streets - getting a hot dog, a drink in one of the bars - just absorbing the personality of the area. Thank you to the young lady on the bus that recommended we visit The Castro.

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Marina del Rey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Castro. There is so much to do there and things to see. The people are friendly and kind and know the City and can tell you anything you need to know. The Castro is not in the heart of San Francisco it is a cab or bus ride away, not too far at all. Stop anywhere (Castro... More 

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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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