Perhaps the most famous gay neighborhood in the world, San Francisco’s Castro district is located in the city’s Eureka Valley, but no one has referred to this neighborhood in that way for decades. It is customary for neighborhood guides to refer to the Castro as vibrant, dynamic, colorful and thriving, and it is certainly all those things and more. But if you get past the hyperbole and clichés and actually visit this neighborhood, you’ll also find that the Castro is a cool place to visit with great restaurants, trendy, unusual shops, one-of-a-kind festivals and some of the best people-watching opportunities on the planet.
The Castro’s notoriety and reputation have made it a bit of a tourist destination, much to the dismay of residents, but to the delight of local merchants. Visitors from out of town and Bay Area locals not from the neighborhood may wish to visit the Castro during the day because at night, those with delicate sensibilities might experience culture shock in the Castro after hours.
While you’re there, set aside an afternoon or evening to experience the Castro Theater. Whether you’re into film or live performances, the design of this old-school theater was at a time when the construction of public buildings was grand. Inside, you’ll find lots of architectural flourishes that are increasingly rare as these old theaters are lost to development. These features include the huge original Wurlitzer organ, beautiful murals, art deco fixtures and other distinctive elements.
For dining options in the Castro, simply follow your feet and your nose. Highbrow, lowbrow, comfort food, cutting-edge fusion and all sorts of other cuisines are here in abundance. Burgers, stir-fry, meatloaf, steaks, fresh seafood, vegetarian, ethnic restaurants and more are plentiful, and if you’re unsure about where to go to satisfy a particular craving, ask a local or a cop. And avoid the chain restaurants. They may serve predictably uninspired fare, and some folks go for that. However, it’s no way to experience a place whether it’s the Castro or anywhere else.
The folks who live in the Castro are into making grand entrances, so if you’re planning a visit, why not make your arrival grand by renting a San Francisco Limousine from NLS Limo? Forget parking hassles and fees and enjoy being dropped off at the door of your preferred café, boutique, movie theater, bar or other local destination. For information on your limo rental options, call 1-800-339-8936 today and speak to one of their reservation specialists. Spending a day or an evening in the Castro is certain to create memories that will last a lifetime.