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Castro Street

Castro Street
Castro Street

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San Francisco's Castro neighborhood is synonymous with style in the City. At the heart of it all, what else might you find but shopping, shopping, shopping? Where Castro Street meets Market and 18th lies a Mecca for awesome apparel, fabulous accessories, novelty gift stores, and more.

High-end style is impossible to miss in Castro, with its behemoth Diesel store. If mainstream stores aren't for you, never fear! The edgy Clobba boutiques (so fabulous that there are two of them!) hold a great variety of men's and women's attire, including classic graphic tees and low-rise jeans. Deck yourself out in casual wear and glam accessories at All American Boy. Thrift store lovers are in second-hand heaven at Cross-Roads Trading Co. and Worn Out West. Purchase some ready broken-in boots and snag high-end styles at low prices, and mix and match new and old for that unique Castro flavor.

When your feet ache from wandering through acres of sartorial heaven, hop on over to Nickel for a pamper and a preen. What's a visit to Castro without a tan? Treat yourself to a spray-on or relax under the beds at Tan Bella for the ultimate Castro indulgence.

Castro's beauty is more than skin-deep. The neighborhood is also home to Streetlight Records, specializing in out-of-print and rare vinyl, and used copies of recent releases. A Different Light Bookstore is Castro's answer to North Beach's City Lights, stocking guides, magazines and even comic books for the LGBT-curious. Aardvark bookstore is the place to go for stacks magazines and rare books.

For a comprehensive list of Castro's stores, including all of those mentioned here, visit www.sfgate.com.

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