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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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Just Fab darling as my wife would say

The Castro is fantastic, over the top, characters on every corner and some really great restaurants, deli', coffee houses and architecture. If you are a bit of a prude STAY AWAY... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Masondixon71
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New York City, New York

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is full of pubs, bars and stores. It´s usually full of people around, looks like a nice area.

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Thank Rafnagud
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked the entire area and stopped in used book stores, record shops as well as other shops and stores that were unique. Marvelous buildings and pleasant viewing for people watching.

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Thank Doug P
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My mother and I went for a walk in San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood on the afternoon of July 31st. We were staying at an Airbnb in the Mission District and walked to the Castro from there (the two neighbourhoods border one another). The neighbourhood is also easily accessible by MUNI buses and trains. The Castro is a neighbourhood near the... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, went back on each trip. Street Tacos, etc Exotic neighborhood in the heart of old San Francisco

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Castro area has its own unique culture and residents, and we really enjoyed an afternoon and evening there. The quirky bar we ended up in was very 'out there' but we partied on late into the night, actually early into the morning, before getting a bus back to the wharf. Felt safe throughout, and enjoyed this different San Fran... More 

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1 Thank Peter_ZZZ111
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169 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place was so colorful and fun! when the zebra crossing is rainbow colored you know you have arrived at very fun place. Do go to the fun bars and shops. lots to do!

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San Francisco
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671 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Castro is a functioning tourist attraction and a full time vibrant and eclectic neighbourhood. Everyone in the Castro seems like a tourist, even the locals - - and that's a good thing. It's hard to imagine that such a vibrant neighborhood is not an amusement park and I don't mean that in a dirty way.

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Thank 7268
New York City, New York
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86 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Castro is fantastic, over the top, characters on every corner and some really great restaurants, deli', coffee houses and architecture. If you are a bit of a prude STAY AWAY; we loved it but I think my elderly parents would probably pass out. Its a true cultural experience and worth walking. Set a day aside and spend sometime really... More 

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1 Thank Masondixon71
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I went on a Wild San Francisco Tour to this neighbourhood and fell in love! The whole place is filled with funny business names, monuments of gay militarism and good bars and places to eat. I loved especially the school and the house with the Barbies. Just lovely!

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

After brunch in the Castro, we spent some time walking the main strip, checking out all of the unique shops along the way. Many of the stores were playfully themed around Castro's "gay village" heritage. Lots of opportunity to pop into boutique shops and find some interesting keepsakes. If we weren't so stuffed from the brunch we had, I would... 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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