The Castro District, in Eureka Valley, is synonymous with gay culture. Revelers often spill onto the sidewalks at numerous bars, like Twin Peaks Tavern, whose floor-to-ceiling windows were revolutionary when it opened in 1972. The lavish Castro Theatre and the GLBT Historic Museum are also found here, as are homey restaurants and adult shops. On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Castro District Pride Flag
Castro District Pride Flag
Castro District Pride Flag Photo: Matthew McPherson [CC BY-SA 2.5]

One of the more notable features of the neighborhood is Castro Theatre, a movie palace built in 1922 and one of San Francisco's premier movie houses.

Castro district at night San Francisco California
Castro district at night San Francisco California
Castro district at night San Francisco California Carol M. Highsmith [Public domain]

Nearby Points of Interest

Cable Cars: Enjoy soaring hilltop views of San Francisco from the seat of a classic cable car! In operation for more than 150 years, these iconic gold and red cable cars are a must-see for every visitor. Catch the cable car at Powell and Market to Fisherman’s Wharf!

Alamo Square/Painted Ladies: Pose for pictures against the backdrop of the San Francisco skyline and the Painted Ladies! Featured in the opening credits of the TV series Full House, the Painted Ladies consist of five beautiful Victorian homes facing Alamo Square. The square offers .5 square miles of open space for a picnic, a nap, or a variety of other activities.

Chinatown: Located three blocks away from Union Square, Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions! Drawing more visitors yearly than the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown offers fascinating novelty items, cheap and delicious Chinese food, and a variety of cultural attractions that illustrate the uniqueness of San Francisco’s Chinese community.

North Beach - Little Italy North Beach has retained much of its Italian flavor, especially in terms of the restaurants, cafes, and bakeries which attract residents and tourists far and wide

Lombard Street Lombard Street’s 8 world-famous hairpin turns have earned it the nickname the crookedest street in the world

Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco’s #1 tourist destination! Fisherman’s Wharf is a bustling hub of activity from morning until after dark. Check out Crab Stands and the picturesque fishing harbor