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Commercial Drive

Between Broadway and Venables streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4, Canada
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Ranked #47 of 184 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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Vancouver, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A very diverse place with so many different restaurants and cafes serving lots of different ethnicity's food with great bars and patios.. Fun events throughout the year like car free day and Italian day. Also great arts scene with comedy nights shows and movie screenings.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I lived here for a time, but now I only come back if I need some cheap fruit and veg. The whole strip just gives me the creeps now. Lots of beggars crying poverty, yet somehow they have the funds to smoke drugs and drink in the parks all day, when they aren't taking up half the sidewalk. At least... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a great place to meet up with some friends, hang out, walk the streets, sit down at one of the many coffee shops and people watch for awhile. The Commercial Skytrain Station is usually crowded with people, they have a bunch of stores/shops to eat at, banks nearby. People do their own thing on Commercial, and its best... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

So, I visited commercial drive for the first time in 2011, and I was indifferent to it. "WHY would I come here? Kensington Market (my current home) is SO MUCH COOLER." In 2012, I found myself moving away from the Market in Toronto, and to Vancouver. It was really a coin toss between Kits and Commercial drive. We picked commercial... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited various areas of Vancouver before settling on a place to live, but I think it's safe to say Commercial Drive stole our hearts from the get-go. I have SO much love for this place! Something we noticed travelling around was how each area of the city has a particular feel. If the bohemian hippy lifestyle resonates with you,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

If I were on a tight schedule, I would have been regretful for the time I spent visiting places such as commercial drive, Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown. I enjoy nature the best and I don't care to see small independent shops. I was tempted to visit those places as they were high rated attractions and I had enough time.... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
61 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Commercial Drive is the place to go for great food (especially italian and organic vegetarian) and for it's unique ambiance. Take an outside table at The Havana restaurant to watch the passing parade.

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Vancouver, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Not worth the trip; to many store up their prices.......heard to many complaints from locals on the prices....so I left....got to sky train heard the same from many people that prices are inflated....to bad would of been nice...use to be a nice place to go but not anymore....

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I absolutely LOVE the drive. There is such a charm about this neighbour. I love the food, little boutiques and the grocery shops. This is the perfect venture for someone with ADD because there is just so much to check out. The food is also amazing because there is such a great variety. From $2 pizza joints to authenic pho... More

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