Castro/18th Street

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Now: 18th Street lets the Castro party continue all the way into the Mission. Like a movie sequel, it has the key elements of Castro Street, with brighter dining options and fewer landmarks. Kite Hill is nestled on the edge of Clarendon Heights

Then: The Nobby Clarke Mansion on Douglass Street was one of the area's first houses. Built in 1891 by police officer who dabbled in law(suits), it was briefly a hospital after owner's death (following bankruptcy) in 1902, and has served as apartments since 1920s.

How To Get There: 18th Street meets Castro Street two blocks south of the Muni Station at Market Street. It also meets Church Street at the northwest corner of Dolores Park. To reach the bottom of Kite Hill Park from 18th Street, go south on Douglass Street, then west on 19th Street.


  • Castro at 18th Street

  • 18th Street near Castro

  • Urban Bread on 18th Street at Sanchez

  • Samovar Tea Lounge on 18th at Sanchez

  • Urban Flowers on 18th Street

  • Kasa Indian Eatery on 18th Street

  • 18th Street near Diamond Street

  • Cafe Castro on 18th near Diamond

  • Firewood Cafe on 18th Street

  • Queen Malika Cafe on 18th Street

  • Eureka Street at 19th

  • Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, at 19th and Diamond Street

  • Exterior mural at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

  • Tiled mural at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

  • Eureka Valley Recreation Center, at 19th and Diamond Street

  • Field inside Eureka Valley Recreation Center

  • Playground at Eureka Valley Recreation Center

  • Painted wall at Eureka Valley Recreation Center

  • Clarke Mansion, built in 1891, now apartments

  • Neighborhood play garden, off Grand View Avenue

  • Bench on Kite Hill Park

  • Corona Heights Park, from Kite Hill Park

  • City view from Kite Hill Park

  • Southwest view from Kite Hill Park

  • Fence on Kite Hill Park

  • Northwest view from Kite Hill Park, including view of Tank Hill

  • Walkway over Market Street at Romain Street