Castro-Upper Market, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Castro-Upper Market, including Cliff's Variety, ImagiKnit and Castro Theatre.
  • The best place in Castro-Upper Market San Francisco: Cliff's Variety

    Cliff's Variety

    479 Castro Street
    M-F 8:30AM-8PM, Sa 9:30AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Toys, gifts, kitchenware, hardware, and the newly remodeled annex next door is where to shop for do it yourself home decor items and is THE place to get rhinestones.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • ImagiKnit


    3897 18th Street
    M-Sa 11AM-6:30PM, Su 11AM-4PM. These women opened up the yarn shop that they'd like to hang out in and the whole neighborhood concurs that they're doing it right.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Castro Theatre

    Castro Theatre

    429 Castro St
    50 adults, $7 seniors/teens/matinee. A lovingly restored Art Deco jewelbox of an independent movie theatre, with a Wurlitzer organ and splendid organist, special sing-along showings, and more. A "rep house" or repertory theater, it tends to screen a wide variety of classic or obscure but worthwhile films, and be a venue of choice of local film festivals.
    Castro-Upper Market restaurants nearby
  • Randall Museum

    Randall Museum

    199 Museum Way
    A small but fun children's museum with several interactive exhibits, including live animals, a science exhibit, a toddler play area, and a railroad exhibit which includes a model railroad layout which is open on Saturdays. The museum is perched on a hill, offering great views of the San Francisco skyline.
    Castro-Upper Market food nearby
  • Kasa Indian Eatery

    Kasa Indian Eatery

    4001 18th St
    Indian food in a casual setting emphasizing from-scratch cooking with fresh ingredients.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Ike's Place

    Ike's Place

    3489 16th St
    West Coast Sandwiches.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Church Street Flowers

    212 Church Street
    M-F 9AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-7PM. Rated 'Best of the Bay' #1 Florist for the past six years, this adorable flower shop has the most beautiful and unique blooms from all over the world.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Mission Dolores

    Mission Dolores

    3321 16th St
    The oldest building in San Francisco and one of the many Spanish missions in California, the white, intricately decorated towers of Mission Dolores tower over the neighborhood.
    Castro-Upper Market eat nearby
  • GLBT Historical Society

    499 Castro Street
    W-Sa 12PM-8PM, Su 12PM-6PM (except holidays). $3. A GLBT historical exhibit, "Passionate Struggle", traces elements of the community's affinities and differences. It takes you from the bedrooms and back rooms to the bookstores and bars, from Harvey Milk’s victories to transgender sex workers’ riots, from social movements to secret fantasies.
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  • A Different Light

    489 Castro Street
    This is the place to find LGBT books; especially ones too "controversial" for more mainstream bookstores. Its also still possible to pick up community newspapers from outside the area; when there's still some left.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Under One Roof

    518 Castro Street
    Supports 33 AIDS Service Organizations throughout the Bay Area. "The mission of Under One Roof is to generate unrestricted funds for agencies that provide HIV/AIDS education and support services."
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Kasa Indian Eatery

    Kasa Indian Eatery

    4001 18th St
    For truck locations, follow us @kasaindian on Twitter or visit
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Cafe Flore

    Cafe Flore

    2298 Market St
    Su-Th 7AM-11PM, F-Sa 7AM-Midnight. Go for the good tea or latte and the prime people watching, not necessarily the food.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Samovar Tea Lounge

    498 Sanchez St
    Live jazz on Fridays, a Stitch-and-Bitch knitting aficionado gathering on Sunday afternoons, over 100 kinds of tea. Comfortable hangout.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Starbelly


    3583 16th Street
    Starbelly is a casual Castro neighborhood café serving California comfort food and creative beer and wine-based drinks.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Burgermeister


    138 Church St
    Since 1999 BurgerMeister has grown to be one of the most popular burger restaurants in the Bay Area, achieving international recognition and accolades from National Geographic, The Food Network, The Michelin Guide, Zagat, Yelp, and more.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Namu Gaji

    Namu Gaji

    499 Dolores St
    A family run place. New Korean American (NKA) cuisine is humble, innovative and personal while keeping tradition close to heart. The menu is inspired by the weekly harvests from our farm and the finest local bounty.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Woodhouse Fish Company

    Woodhouse Fish Company

    2073 Market St
    Woodhouse Fish Co., San Francisco seafood
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Chow

    215 Church St
    Su-Th 8AM-11PM, F-Sa 8AM-12AM. $11-$30. Serves Traditional American style food. Try their delicious breakfast made with fresh ingredients. They have reasonable prices, a casual atmosphere, good for kids and large groups, and good waiter service.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Twin Peaks Tavern

    Twin Peaks Tavern

    401 Castro St
    Very nice gay bar with a great atmosphere and nice staff. Historically this was the first gay bar in the US to display its patrons to the public, offering large windows looking IN to the bar. Until this addition, most all gay bars were underground bars/clubs that kept the clientele hidden from the general public.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Sausage Factory Italian

    517 Castro Street
    Daily 11:30AM-midnight. It's larger than it looks from the outside, extending back into the middle of the block. Delivery.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Buena Vista Park

    Buena Vista Park

    Haight St & Buena Vista E
    Buena Vista Park is a park in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco, California, United States. It is the oldest official park in San Francisco, established in 1867 as Hill Park and renamed Buena Vista in 1894. It is bounded by Haight Street to the north, and by Buena Vista Avenue West and Buena Vista Avenue East. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575 feet, and covers 37 acres. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.
    Castro-Upper Market food nearby
  • Thai House Express

    599 Castro Street
    Excellent Thai food in a gay atmosphere, with some dishes that are not on the menu of most American Thai restaurants, such as Kao Soy, chicken with soft and crispy noodles in mustard sauce.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Sparky's 24-Hour Diner

    242 Church Street
    Full-on diner fare, good salads and baked items.
    Castro-Upper Market
  • Mount Olympus

    Mount Olympus

    400 Upper Ter
    Mount Olympus is a 570 foot hill, located on Upper Terrace in the Ashbury Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. It was once considered to mark the geographical center of the city, and was topped off by a statue given by Adolph Sutro. Currently only the statue's pedestal remains, and the view from the top is obstructed by trees and condominiums.
    Castro-Upper Market food nearby
  • Pilsner Inn

    225 Church Street
    A low-key, unpretentious gay bar with plenty of room inside.
    Castro-Upper Market
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