Top things to do in The Castro

Top Choice Cinema in The Castro

Castro Theatre

Every night at the Castro, crowds roar as the mighty organ rises – and no, that's not a euphemism. Showtime at this 1922 art deco movie palace is heralded with Wurlitzer organ show tunes, culminating in sing-alongs …
Top Choice Californian in The Castro

Frances

Rebel chef-owner Melissa Perello earned a Michelin star for fine dining, then ditched downtown to start this market-inspired neighborhood bistro. Daily menus showcase rustic flavors and luxurious textures with impec…
Top Choice Cannabis in The Castro

Apothecarium

What's that alluring frosted-glass emporium – the lovechild of an Apple Store and Victorian lingerie boutique? Just as you suspected: it's America's best-designed marijuana dispensary, according to Architectural Dig…
Top Choice Landmark in The Castro

Rainbow Honor Walk

You're always in excellent company in the Castro, where sidewalk plaques honor LGBT+ heroes. The walk runs along Market St from Noe St to Casto St and down Castro St from Market St to 20th St. Portraits are etched i…
Top Choice Scandinavian in The Castro

Kantine

Brunch is served with a side of hygge (cozy happiness) at Kantine. Take your pick of five to seven seasonal Scandinavian-inspired dishes – velvety bay-shrimp-egg salad, lemony pickled herring – or hearty smørrebrød …
Top Choice Gay in The Castro

Twin Peaks Tavern

The vintage rainbow neon sign points the way to a local landmark – Twin Peaks was the world's first gay bar with windows open to the street. If you're not here for the Castro's best people-watching, cozy up to the V…
Top Choice Books in The Castro

Omnivore

Salivate over signed cookbooks by chef-legend Alice Waters and signed first editions of Berkeley chef Samin Nosrat's Salt Fat Acid Heat, and stay for standing-room-only in-store events with star chefs and food lumin…
Top Choice German in The Castro

Mauerpark

Break brot (bread) with friends, and share platters piled with wurst, salami and cheese. Raised by German immigrants in the Bay Area, Salome Buelow serves sustaining, unfussy, soulful fare: thick yogurt and nutty Em…
Top Choice Hainan in The Castro

Gai Chicken Rice

Who's got the solution to cold snaps and tentative tummies? This Gai. The tender Hainan-style poached chicken here is free-range and antibiotic-free, accompanied by jasmine or brown rice cooked in chicken broth, wit…
Top Choice Homewares in The Castro

Stag & Manor

Dashingly handsome decor from indie design boutique Stag & Manor lets you take the Castro home. Macrame wall hangings give your pad California creds, brass-ball lanterns wink welcome at your guests, and minimali…