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Commercial Drive

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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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Car Free Day on Commercial Drive

On father day we decided to go to Car free day. It was a nice sunny day to stroll on the street and see the festivities'. There is everything from Italian food to Sushi, Wrestling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

On father day we decided to go to Car free day. It was a nice sunny day to stroll on the street and see the festivities'. There is everything from Italian food to Sushi, Wrestling ring, cloths for sale, music and performers and everything else from A to Z. Nice place to go for an afternoon walk and people watch.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

There is a lot to see, and good food from one end to the other and shops to wander around in. A walkable street.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Commercial Drive gives you a little different flavour of Vancouver. The "Drive" as locals like to call it is a stretch of road surrounded by culture, music and a variety of interesting stores. This is a very different scene to downtown's conservative Robson Street and is worth a visit if you are looking for something a little less mainstream during... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Commercial Drive is unequally in the Lower Mainland for the diversity it provides. Many restaurants offerings are often unique and not to be found anywhere else in town. No big box stores here and expect for some of the big name coffee chains, small one-of-a-kind establishments. A Vancouver must-see.

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Burnaby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Commercial Drive is the best place in my view to explore in Vancouver. It has vintage shops, a good selection of restaurants esp in terms of representation of different cultures. We had Ethiopian here and Caribbean, as well as Tunisian and El Salvadorian. It has a buzz and good vibe and is popular with the young. It does however have... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This is an interesting neighborhood with the main street have so many different nations restaurants, boutiques, grocers and much more. It has a large counter-culture demographic, including political activists, lesbians, hippies, punks, and artists. Lots of painted murals on many of the business walls and even a few weed shops even though they are technically illegal. Great place to talk... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This street is awesome, with all kinds of restaurants and shops on it! Some great thrift stores too, don't remember their names

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

...Which is why I love it. For years I didn't get why people loved the drive so much, but that was because I lived and worked downtown. Moving out of the monoculture it still has taken a while to adjust. There are beggars. There are poor people. There are a fair few people who should probably not drink so early... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Looking for something different. Try a walk on Commercial Drive. Lots of ethnic sights. Easy to veto with the Sky Train. Reminds me of Kitsalano in the 60's or Gastown in the 70's.

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san francisco, ca.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you are interested in off beat and unique hang outs, visit the Commercial Dr. District. Great coffee bars, diverse eateries and Mivintage Shop for wonderful vintage rags! It's a unique setting for a town that has grown to be to "too generic"!

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Address: Address: Between Broadway and Venables streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4, Canada
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver

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