The Castro and Haight-Ashbury District

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These neighbouring Districts are synonymous with freedom, love and vintage shopping! Haight-Ashbury was THE place to be in the 1960's during the Hippie and Flower Power movement and still the epicenter for those living a Bohemian lifestyle. The Castro, the first openly gay neighbourhood, is still - regardless of your orientation - the nightlife capital of San Fran. Definitely take note for a the evening, as a place to head to for plenty of lively fun. Coming from the direction of the Mission District, you will hit The Castro first. The iconic theater dates back to the 1920s and is now a venue for film festivals as well as contemporary and classic sing-a-long musicals. The historic buildings in this area are classic San Fran. Shopping ranges from vintage to boutiques straight from fashion week. Have a good look around before spending all your money straight away, there is a lot to choose from! There are plenty of people-watching cafes and bars, to have some respite from a busy few hours before heading to Haight-Ashbury nearby (1.5 miles away roughly). Side note: In The Castro - On Market Street, 19th-century F-line streetcars head to and from Fisherman’s Wharf. Haight-Ashbury was home to the counter-culture movement and now, despite being somewhat gentrified, you can still pay homage to The Grateful Dead, catch a yoga session, hunt for vinyl records ... and of course ... vintage shopping galore. Spectacular Victorian houses are everywhere, as well as off-the wall points of interest such as Charles Manson's garage. You are also a short walk to the Golden Gate Park, which could easily occupy you for several hours. Photo credits The Castro: The Painted Ladies:
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The 'Painted Ladies' and the Alamo Square Park are a reminder of the Goldrush era and just over a mile from Haight-Ashbury for a picture-postcard break.
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