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Commercial Drive

Between Broadway and Venables streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4, Canada
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Ranked #52 of 187 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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san francisco, ca.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
48 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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