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The Castro | San Francisco, CA 94114 | Official website
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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
About these ratings

If you want to explore San Francisco's rich — and still colorful — gay and lesbian culture, the Castro is a must-see neighborhood. The central San Francisco neighborhood was the forefront of the gay rights movement and also served as the headquarters for Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay public official. The Harvey Milk headquarters still stands and serves as a memorial and museum for the gay rights movement.

Castro attracts all types of travelers, and the city's restaurants and cafes are among the best in the city. Recent travelers praise Castro’s vibrancy and general friendliness. "Lots of color, interesting characters, great quirky shops, fabulous cafes and a sensational place for people watching," remarked one TripAdvisor user. "Everyone and everything is gay or lesbian or transgender. ... well worth the visit."

Come in late October, and you’ll arrive just in time for the lively Castro Street Fair, (established by Harvey Milk himself). The street fair showcases live music, comedy, crafts, and delectable eats. For further details, visit the Castro Street Fair website.

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