Your trip to the Castro isn't complete if you don't see a nuge guy, or two. Nudity is socially accepted here, no one is ever surprised by that.
A common sight here is a couple of nude gentlemen strolling around Castro regardless of how cold it is outside. Only once I've seen them "dress up", and that was for Christmas. They added cute Santa Claus hats to their "outfits".
But it's not just nudity, in my opinion, one of the best things to do here is to people watch. Some of the most unique, unconventional, free-spirit, gay, weird and cool folks live here.
Rainbow Honor Walk
Something that you can't miss while walking the streets of the Castro are these bronze plaques on sidewalks:
"The Rainbow Honor Walk features bronze, sidewalk plaques that honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals whom have made a significant impact in global history."
While you're exploring the Castro, take a notice of the 36 of them and new ones are added frequently. I added a map of the walk for your convenience below.
Harvey Milk is a real legend here. Did you know he used to own a small camera shop right on Castro Street? You can still see him here in the window if you look closely.
His images are never too far away.
One of the places I like to come once in a while. Orphan Andy's is an all-American diner. You won’t find fancy Asian fusion food here or a super expensive avocado toast, but this place is cozy and warm. Perfect location so that you can people watch right at the intersection of Market and Castro.
Plus, you’re traveling in time here with comfy seats and old-school American food. And the best part, that old diner feel where “everyone knows your name”. A real neighborhood gem. And it's open very late for your "after a long night partying" meal.