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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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The best place to explore in Vancouver

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
AlBea2014
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Burnaby, Canada
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Burnaby, Canada
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188 reviews 188 reviews
74 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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257 reviews 257 reviews
75 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Barnhartvale
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Commercial is an eclectic street with lots of neat shops and restaurants. Lots to do and see. Seems to cater to a more hippie/hipster/homeless crowd. Expect to have moments of "What's that smell?" when walking around. Could be garbage, or urine, or both.

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Surrey, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very dirty and sad. Although, some of the coffee shops are lovely with excellent coffee and treats. Mostly, the neighbourhood feels very rundown.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I had the pleasure to walk the entire "Drive" which quite adequately sums up Canada for me. Commercial Drive in Vancouver is a true representation of a Metropolitan city. I could not help myself but look into every shop on both sides. It has Everything from doped beggars, intellectual types, university students, yuppies, hippies, cannabis shops, high end retailers, a... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

commercial drive in Vancouver is a good outing. the easiest way to do it is to start at Broadway skytrain station. It is a unique place. There is lots to see and do. There is a huge number of coffee shops in the area.. There are an incredible number of restaurants from a varied background.. bring a camera as people... More 

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