Long known as the gay Mecca, the Castro has, in recent years, also blossomed into a top shopping destination. Some of the city’s best home-décor boutiques, as well as shops offering everything from clothing to pet accessories to jewelry, join every kind of restaurant you can imagine—from burritos and burgers to Indian and Japanese-fusion. At the center of the neighborhood are Harvey Milk Plaza, named for San Francisco’s first openly gay elected official, and the historic Castro Theatre, which is home to a plethora of film festivals and sing-a-long cinema. Muni’s F-line provides transportation to the neighborhood in historic streetcars.
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