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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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Commercial Drive is a long street full of shops, bars, cafe's, eateries and restaurants. It is a busy and colourful street and a good place to visit for any of the above and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Commercial Drive is a long street full of shops, bars, cafe's, eateries and restaurants. It is a busy and colourful street and a good place to visit for any of the above and savour local life. In fact I preferred it to Gastown. We did eat in Absinthe Bistro which I do recommend but you would need to book.

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I chuckled when I read the reviews that described Commercial Drive as "dirty". Have these reviewers been to - oh, I dunno - ANY OTHER CITY IN THE WORLD?! So if the sight of a discarded cigarette butt makes you shriek, then avoid The Drive. But, by all means, check it out if you'd like to experience: - The best... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I haven't been shopping on Commercial Drive in years, but pass by it on my way to downtown, for appointments, meet up with friends...I've shopped on that street at a Women's Fetish Store years ago.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I love this place!!!! Its bustling high energy and fun. I have been a few times and there is a lot to do and see. Whether its dining at one of its many restaurants, looking through the vintage shops or sitting in a park watching the world go by. It is easy to get to by public transport or by... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I lived in the Commercial Drive area for over a year and loved every minute! This street knows how to entertain. Street parties, bars with bands, cheap food, colourful locals and Trout Lake nearby for a swim. So accessible by Public Transport also. This was my favourite place in Vancouver! Grab a Sunday Caesar and do some relaxed people watching.

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Rock Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Here we have a diverse area of cultures and one in particular that we truly love Italian foods. Great pastas to every thing Italian so tasty and authentic.

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

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