What it’s like:Quiet · Vibrant · Historic
Known for:Views · Parks · Boutique
Nearby conveniences:Grocery stores · Shops · Restaurants
Tips from locals
Historic neighborhood with a rich history of diversity and equal rights. Check out where Harvey Milk led much of his efforts to change the treatment of LGBTQ people in San Francisco. Twin Peaks, Hot Cookie, Swirl Wine, the Castro Fountain, and Cliff's Variety are a few of our favorites.
The Castro has great history and ambience, with nice cafes and stores. Watch a movie at the Castro Theater, but first stop by at the wonderful hardware and more store next door.
This historic gay neighborhood is teeming with restaurants, bars and shops. Don’t miss the Castro Theatre, the rainbow sidewalks and the 19th-century F-line street cars heading up and down Market Street.
The Castro was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States. Having transformed from a working-class neighborhood through the 1960s and 1970s, the Castro remains one of the most prominent symbols of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activism and events in the world.
[1 of Markus' TOP 10 Things to See and Do in the SF Bay Area] Walk around this historic gay district, and get a drink at the world-famous Twin Peaks bar, which was the first gay bar in the world to stand out and proud--with its bay windows for passersby to see the clientele.