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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
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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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Lots of life in the Castro

We breezed through the Castro on our SF trip, but the sights could plainly tell you that it is full of life. Cruise by the famous Castro Theater for added fun. Didn't get all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Angelo, Texas, United States
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San Angelo, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We breezed through the Castro on our SF trip, but the sights could plainly tell you that it is full of life. Cruise by the famous Castro Theater for added fun. Didn't get all the time that we wanted here.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fantastic place to shop and wander round for a few hours as it was flat after all the hills we had walked up and down, lots to see and do here, could quite easily spend the day here, just make sure you have good walking shoes, but cafes restaurants not cheap here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I went there the first thing I thought was: the world is so beautiful. In this city we achieved to destroyed some stereotypes are omophobia and sexophobia.

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Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went bar hopping in the Castro after Spring Quarter ended in June. It was fun! I went to a called the Mix and the Cafe. They were fun stops. The Mix feels like a neighborhood bar and has a back patio. The drinks are also affordable, but its cash only. The i went to the Cafe. It's more "trendy".... More 

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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I brought a friend from Russia to stroll with me in The Castro. She was astounded when we saw a man walking casually along with nothing on but a glittery sheath for his you-know-what! The Castro is a perfect place to window shop. And there are lots of restaurants and places for snacks. Of course, The Castro movie theater, a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gayborhood is a changing, but, isn't that what we wanted anyway? Castro is becoming more family friendly but out and out conversion is still a time aways. One can still see women kissing women and men kissing men but the added adventure is one can often spot men kissing women. To each his/her own. The hood is all decorated... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ive been here twice. The first time there were a lot of people in drag or costume (or nothing at all). Im not sure what they were promoting. The next time I went I didn't see anything out of the ordinary. I guess you never know what to expect.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoy visiting the thriving Castro District because it is always interesting. I especially love to go to Cliff's Variety store on Castro Street. It has a lot of everything and overall a terrific selection. The weather in the Castro is always pretty nice and the pace is energetic and always a fun spot to go and see what is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only are there great shops and restaurants but the history is important and it bears witness to the civil rights struggles that continue today to LGBTQ people. The HRC and the GLBT Museum should be visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you ask me, this is the nicest area in San Francisco. It's streets are cleaner, houses are pretty and well kept. There are slightly less homeless people. This are is a bit of a gay mecca, which i love. Some great bars (The Lark, on 18th St) and restaurants and we found excellent coffee at Artis on Castro Street.

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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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