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Commercial Drive

Address: Between Broadway and Venables streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4, Canada
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Ranked #43 of 159 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.
Attraction details
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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