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Address: Between Broadway and Venables streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian...
Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.
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We went out to Commercial drive by skytrain, one of the first things I noticed was how much cheaper fruit and vegetables were than in downtown Vanvouver. We called into Canterbury... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Kilkenny, Ireland

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We went out to Commercial drive by skytrain, one of the first things I noticed was how much cheaper fruit and vegetables were than in downtown Vanvouver. We called into Canterbury tales (a book shop) they sell new and second hand books there and for all book lovers it's a must.

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Portland, OR USA
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

About as down to Earth as it gets. Worth the walk from Venables to Broadway and back. Old guys speaking Italian in front of coffee shops (I swear it looked like a scene from Sapranos). Homeless. Skateboarders. Asian restaurants. Bars. Real markets. Not a chain store in site. Just a nice urban feel. And basically NO tourists.

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Seattle
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Had a terrific lunch at Cafe Calabria, one of many Italian and other cafes and restaurants on both sides of Commercial Drive. Strolled in/out of a fun assortment of art galleries, book, clothing and stationery shops, all with friendly, engaging staff. Or could have gotten a tattoo. Lots of day life and night life spots. Meter parking on side streets... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The drive is eclectic. Hipsters, the homeless, suburbanites who have moved to East Van. You'll find it all. Great Italian and Indian food, great Affogato, and coffee. Several fresh fruit/veg markets and a great Lonnie store!!

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Thornhill, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Just a block from the skytrain my Mom & I saw this restaurant was full of people, the prices were reasonable so we thought we'd try it for lunch. At first we didn't know it was a meatless Mexican Restaurant. There was a man sitting at the table beside us who left because he wanted a meat Buritto. My mom... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Funky hip neighborhood with excellent restaurants. Boho chic with edginess. A neighbor of old run down mixed with new up and coming.

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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I haven't been to "The Drive" since the mid 1990's. Back then it was small mostly Italian restaurants that rocked during European league soccer tournaments. I wandered the street on Sunday. It was well, sleepy as Sunday would be. And there are some cool anomalous restaurants that are worth a look. But overall it's kinda dull..fruit and veggie stores, more... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

very trendy lost to see and do old style flavor very ethnic. Lots of shops to choose from not a was of time at all a nice walk

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A bit off the beaten path but a fun bohemian neighbor with microbrews and pubs. We enjoyed bomber brewery.

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Cahors
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Commercial Drive is a long street full of shops, bars, cafe's, eateries and restaurants. It is a busy and colourful street and a good place to visit for any of the above and savour local life. In fact I preferred it to Gastown. We did eat in Absinthe Bistro which I do recommend but you would need to book.

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