Welcome to the Castro
Nestled between famed Haight-Ashbury and the multicultural Mission District you’ll find the Castro—an iconic neighborhood in Eureka Valley known for its electric nightlife scene, spirited LGBTQ community, and rich history. The family-friendly enclave offers unique homes with character and a multitude of options to enjoy outdoor activities in the sunnier weather the area is known for.
Among the many reasons the Castro is an ideal locale to call home are its breathtaking views of San Francisco and the winding sidewalks bustling with activity and pedestrians leisurely strolling through this beautiful community. Enjoy popping into any of the various trendy shops and cafes that spotlight the neighborhood’s vitality.
What to Love
- The warm and welcoming community vibe
- Outstanding San Francisco views
- Exploring the Rainbow Honor Walk
Living in the Castro is a celebration all its own. A community where good times reign supreme, visitors and residents alike are drawn to Castro's festive energy and laid-back vibe. The neighborhood’s history and pride are honored with tributes dotted throughout the community of the activists and allies that paved the way for what is now an internationally recognized neighborhood in support of the LGBTQ community.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The Castro shopping district is a charming jewel taking up two blocks of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Featuring trendy boutiques and stylish shops, you can find clothing and accessories and gifts and souvenirs to mirror the neighborhood’s eclectic style, including Cliff’s Variety—a neighborhood landmark since 1936. For a unique dining experience, Vico Cavone offers delicious and popular brunch, lunch and dinner options. The iconic Castro Theater is the last remaining movie palace in the city and is the mainstay of Castro's heart. Contemporary movies play regularly here, but the theater is perhaps best known for its signature and crowd-pleasing special programs.
Things to Do
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast looking for an ideal spot to hike, or have little ones and want to enjoy playscapes and other outdoor recreation, Castro offers no shortage of great things to do year-round. The GLBT Historical Society Museum is the first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history and culture in the United States. Mission Dolores Park spans 16 acres and is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco. Amid a gorgeous lush green lawn, with the scenic San Francisco skyline as a backdrop, the park is also home to many festivals, performances, and cultural events held throughout the year. The Corwin Street Community Garden offers families opportunities to volunteer and participate in a shared garden experience and harvesting system creating a memorable experience for all ages.
The Castro is served by San Francisco Unified School District and is home to exceptional schools including:
Claire Lilienthal Elementary, Grades K-8, highly rated school with above-average performance on state testing
Everett Middle School, Grades 6-8, located at the border of vibrant Castro and Mission districts and offers Spanish immersion instruction and instruction including unique enrichment in arts, leadership, and civic activism
Mission High School, 9-12, offering eligible students enrollment to Mission High Eagle T-STEM Academy