The Castro

The Castro, San Francisco: Address, The Castro Reviews: 4/5

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Address
Neighbourhood: Mission Dolores
How to get there
  • Church St • 4 min walk
  • Castro St • 7 min walk
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mini
Fremont, CA116,501 contributions
Visit to Castro District - San Francisco
Jun 2020
We were in the Castro District of San Francisco during Gay Pride Week-end. Its a bit quieter this year due to the virus, but still a fun place to go. We had a good time.
Written 28 June 2020
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Sam
Nuremberg, Germany11,072 contributions
Castro
Feb 2020 • Couples
Unique area of the city. Always something going on. Looks like a LGBT district. There was naked people walking down the street. Some of them doing it for money or pictures, some others were just living their daily life. It was fun and different
Written 16 February 2020
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lindarD4217TA
26 contributions
Fun area
Dec 2019
Love hanging out at Twin Peaks for a few drinks and people watching. Breakfast at Orphan Andys is a must
Written 11 February 2020
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torr m
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
geographic center of the city
Jan 2020
i am biased in that i live here and it's my home. the castro has always resonated with me as a little (gay) boy watching the news about a gay guy running for public office. i hope you enjoy san francisco and look beyond the chronic homelessness in its many forms.
Written 28 January 2020
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dapper777
Monaco31,901 contributions
Run down, but still worth a brief visit
Dec 2019 • Friends
Rainbow colored sidewalks and crosswalks and....flags, all sizes flags.
Everywhere.
It is a nice district of San Francisco and has a special flavour.
This area and some of the surrounding areas was known by the term ‘Little Scandinavia’, because of the large number of the residents in the area originating from Finnish, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish ancestry.
Plenty of small cafes, restaurant, bars, some cosy and also some junkish and touristy shops.
Castro street is the center of this famous historic gay district.
There are also lots of straight people and kids here.
It has a lovely subway station.
On both sides of the street you might see some pretty Edwardian-style, coloured buildings like those called ‘Painted Ladies’, but less well kept and ‘manicured’.
We visited local restaurants in the area a couple of times.
We liked the Rainbow Honor Walk which features bronze, sidewalk plaques that honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgende personalities like Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Freddie Mercury, Keith Haring, American disco star Sylvester, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Wolf, America poet and writer James Baldwin, Tennessee Williams, Frida Khalo, Allen Ginsberg and many more.
The area is a little degraded, deteriorated and run down with many homeless people in the streets.
Still it is worth a brief visit.
Anyway, in our opinion, The Castro is much more interesting than the overrated touristic site “Painted Ladies”. At least it has some more historic and human meanings and feelings.
Written 25 January 2020
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juan o
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
Homelessness
Jan 2020 • Solo
I love in San Francisco. I love the City and I like the Castro. However, the same way I use Tripadvisor to get honest reviews and pictures when i travel overseas, I want to share real pictures that you one see on travel guides. Just be prepared for great number of homeless and tents that you’d expect in third world countries, not in a neighborhood where homes average $1.7M.
Written 20 January 2020
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mykonos20
Denver, Colorado65 contributions
Many shops, bars and places to eat
Jan 2020
Being a gay male the Castro was very interesting. The area had many gay stores and we made several purchases. We waked around and saw many stores. We stopped a a bar and had a drink and talked with the bar tender about what was going on for New years. Had a very interesting time.
Written 12 January 2020
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Scott H
Portland, OR72 contributions
The LGBTQ Museum
Aug 2019 • Solo
The Castro is more of a museum than a thriving LGBTQ neighborhood. Gentrification has made it impossible for most gay people to live there. The history of the district is worth a visit, but it is only a facade of what it originally was.
To be fair, this is a common theme in many areas of San Francisco.
Written 30 December 2019
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Gitanjali S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia171 contributions
Vibrant and Lively
Dec 2019 • Family
We didn't do an official your of the area - just walked down the main Street during the daytime and popped into shops and interesting books and crannies. It's a fun and very vibrant neighborhood and we'd love to go back in the evening to see it's transformation. Lots of very interesting pubs, bars and restaurants along the way but because we were with our teens we couldn't step in (they're obviously underage :)) but we did stop at Zumi's for lunch which is highly recommended (albeit slightly expensive). Just walk in this neighborhood and take in the sights and sounds. Very positive vibes.
Written 23 December 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,661 contributions
The Times Have Changed
Dec 2019
This is the historic gay neighborhood, and the emphasis is on history, because it is not what it used to be. Now the home of families and people with lots of money. There are still some funky places around, but they are in danger with the invasion of money. A few gay places. Some very good restaurants.
Written 16 December 2019
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