The Castro

San Franciscans are proud of this gay-friendly neighborhood that teems with playful shops, bars, and restaurants.

The Castro’s vibrant culture and colorful streetscapes have long been a source of San Francisco PRIDE. Buzzing with life and activity, the Castro’s flamboyant bars and restaurants, glittering shops, and historical theaters comprise its endearingly unapologetic attitude. Although this neighborhood is considered San Francisco’s gay-friendly epicenter, all are invited to experience the Castro’s unabashed zest for life.

See 290 places to stay Save this neighborhood

On the Map

The Castro is bordered by Duboce Triangle, Lower Haight, Cole Valley, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks, Noe Valley, and Mission District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

SFO Airport: 25 minutes by cab or 60 minutes by BART
Golden Gate Park: 30 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 47 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 22 minutes by public transit

The Castro: Cultivating Fabulous Lifestyles

marcolivierleblanc

Known as the city's most gay-friendly destination, The Castro takes pride in its rainbow-flag reputation.

marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb
marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc

Wide boulevards, colorful awnings, and congenial attitudes pervade in The Castro.

marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb
marcolivierleblanc

Combine its endearing effervescence with its proximity to popular neighborhoods like the Mission and Downtown, and you might just fall for this little neighborhood with a big heart.

marcolivierleblanc

Grab a drink at Harvey's and toast to Harvey Milk, a champion for gay rights and the unofficial "Mayor of Castro Street."

marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc

Settle in for a film at San Francisco's favorite theater, Castro Theatre.

marcolivierleblanc

Be transported back to the days when film reels couldn't switch themselves and red velvet curtains shrouded the screen before showtime.

USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb
Pixel
The world-renowned Castro district is famous for Harvey Milk and Gay nightlife. But the locals know it as the heart of the city, situated at the perfect center. More than a dozen major transit lines run through in every direction, making the entire city an arms reach away."

Geoff and Craig

Hosts Cool Blue @ The Heart of The Castro

Image Is Everything: Health Conscious In The Castro

marcolivierleblanc

The health conscious Castro went organic before it was a buzz word.

marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb

Despite the neighborhood's flirtatiously racy reputation, it's easy to find wholesome meals and holistic gyms and spas.

marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb
marcolivierleblanc

Characters of The Castro

USA SF Castro mb

The Castro draws eclectic crowds.

USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb

When you're in the neighborhood, you never know what you might see.

USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb

The mystery adds to its allure.

marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb
Pixel
At the heart of the City, you're steps from Dolores Park, surrounded by classic San Francisco architecture, the last of the independent theaters, local artists, some of the best food in the USA, and the easiest place to catch a bus, train or taxi in SF."

Nighttime in The Castro is a Brand New Day

USA SF Castro mb

The Castro's energy never abates.

marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb
marcolivierleblanc

As the neighborhood's shops and boutiques shut their doors for the day, its restaurants, bars, clubs, and theaters open for the evening, promising a lively night ahead.

USA SF Castro mb
USA SF Castro mb
marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc

The Castro boasts countless late-night destinations.

marcolivierleblanc

A few of them stay open so late that they never close at all.

marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
marcolivierleblanc
USA SF Castro mb

Goodnight, Castro.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

Marc Olivier Le Blanc

View website »

Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.

Michael Blumenfeld

View website »

Similar to The Castro

  • Bartenders and mixologists.

    • hipsters
    • murals
    • burritos
    • trendy
  • Cool like the kid in the back of the class.

    • sausages
    • nightlife
    • hipster
    • punk
  • Organic lattes and afternoon craft markets.

    • restaurants
    • shopping
    • chic
    • trending up