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The Castro is accessible via the F- Market streetcar line, which travels up Market Street. For context on the neighborhood’s activist history, visit the GLBT History Museum. Catch a show at the Castro Theatre, an Art Deco movie palace screening cult films and hosting campy singalongs like “Mary Poppins” and “Moana.”
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., 415.621.1107
429 Castro St., 415.621.6120
At the local chain Super Duper Burger, the soft serve cones and spiked shakes are hits. At Canela, the Spanish tapas and wine list are excellent, and the atmosphere is dim and romantic. The new Finn Town from "Top Chef" alum Ryan Scott serves hearty nightly specials. Hot Cookie bakes a racy-shaped macaroon.
Super Duper Burger
2304 Market St., 415.558.8123 2272 Market St., 415.552.3000 Canela 2251 Market St., 415.626.3466 407 Castro St., Finn Town Hot Cookie 415.621.2350 Clockwise from top: Friendsgiving special at Finn Town; the Lookout, ideal for people watching; Castro Theatre sign lighting up Castro Street; Pimm's Cup at Blackbird.
You’ll find a gay bar thumping beats at all hours (and maybe spot a drag queen or two). One of the most popular is the Lookout. The vibe is mellower at Twin Peaks Tavern, which was the country’s first gay bar with glass windows. On Market Street, Blackbird mixes artisan drinks in a sleek yet casual setting. The Lookout 3600 16th St., 415.431.0306 Twin Peaks Tavern, 401 Castro St., 415.864.9470 Blackbird 2124 Market St., 415.503.0630
Castro has independent boutiques and cleverly named adult novelty stores. Shops worth a look include the high- end Sui Generis consignment stores, Dog Eared Books and Local Take, where you can pick up a locally made San Francisco souvenir. Cliff’s Variety (in business since 1936) sells puzzles, toys, art supplies and feather boas. Sui Generis 2231 Market St., 415.437.2231 Dog Eared Books 489 Castro St., 415.658.7920 3979B 17th St., Local Take 415.556.5300 Cliff’s Variety 479 Castro St., 415.431.5365
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