Castro/Upper Market

Wave your rainbow flag high! The Castro, also known as the gay capital of the world, does diversity like no other neighborhood in San Francisco. With its myriad shops and eateries and vibrant nightlife, the Castro is one of the most fun areas for wining, dining, and people watching.

Men's fashions, exotic flowers, and unique gifts are the hood's best shopping finds. Top restaurants include Home for great comfort food, Sushi Zone for excellent maki, and Anchor Oyster Bar for fresh seafood. For a caffeine infusion, head to Philz Coffee (home of the city's best cuppa joe) or Samovar Tea Lounge. Entertainment options abound in the Castro. The neighborhood is chockablock with gay bars and nightclubs, Badlands and Toad Hall chief among them. Local favorite Castro Theater features second-run showings of contemporary films, classics, and festival entries, with an old-time organ performance before each screening.

Surrounding areas include charming Noe Valley, a pedestrian-friendly area rife with cute shops and casual restaurants and Twin Peaks, dual mountains at the city's geographic center affording stunning panoramic views. Heading there around twilight is a romantic San Francisco must.


The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San Francisco's Gay & Lesbian District
Twin Peaks


Deep (San Francisco)
Bombay Indian Restaurant
Cote Sud
Chan Chan Cafe Cubano
Octavia Lounge
Ma Tante Sumi
Home Restaurant & Bar
Eureka Restaurant - Lounge

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