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Commercial Drive

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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

Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian...

Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.

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Not a staged tourist spot, this is genuine!

Spend an afternoon on the "drive" and you will be making memories! Lots os spots to stop, eat, browse and relax. A multicultural gem on vancouvers east side. This is a place to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Bill D
Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spend an afternoon on the "drive" and you will be making memories! Lots os spots to stop, eat, browse and relax. A multicultural gem on vancouvers east side. This is a place to enjoy and savour! Some great stores that sell reasonably priced artworks.

Thank Bill D
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

so many tasty treats and eats, shops, and such. I love the drive. I highly suggest memphis BBQ!!!!!!

Thank Frank S
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of little stores and restaurants. Very hippie / cool bars - people there. Nice food stores also. It is something to see if you go to visit Vancouver.

Thank Charlotte T
Vancouver, Canada
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128 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Commercial Drive is Vancouver's "Little Italy" although the area also has great mix of other European and Asian influences. This is one of the best areas to experience genuine Italian food and drink. There are numerous coffee shops and stores selling pastries and other imported foods. The area has very much of a party atmosphere during soccer tournaments and is... More 

1 Thank smrgeog
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11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

It's amazing after all these years, born and bred here, that coming here still brings joy and happiness to the Drive. Lots to see, do and eat. Especially in the summer, when everyone's licking gelato. Or whenever there's a soccer event lol. Safe too, not rowdy, for sure lots of locals too.

Thank Nick R
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I did an Airbnb on East 2nd St and it was Awesome.....Mel & Dean Cooper (look them up).....really cool/modern/contemporary style apartment! Easily accessibility from Commercial drive station to city!! Wonderful restaurants and coffee houses: e.g JJ Bean's/Prado etc!

1 Thank Barry M
Edmonds, Washington
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110 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I love shopping on this street! There are lots of ethnic grocery stores and shops offering things that are difficult to fine elsewhere and at prices you won't pay in fancy shops. Also lots of small eateries.

1 Thank barbaramcmahon
Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Get away from the glitzy glass towers and waterfront and come to funky Commercial Drive where real people hang out. Lots of small boutiques, book stores, bars, coffee shops, and surprisingly good restaurants. This is very much a local residential area, not to compete with fancy Robson Street, but it is an authentic Vancouver neighborhood with a lot to offer.... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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605 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Commerical Drive (the Drive as it was known to the locals) is a pleasant neighborhood on the East side of Vancouver. I used to live in the Grandview community (just 2 blocks to the West of the Drive), in days past I can remember that my parents never locked the back door..............alas such is not the practice in metro Vancouver... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

The Drive is truly a Vancouver icon. Nightlife, day life, shopping, eating, drinking, shopping; is there any reason to go anywhere else?

1 Thank ch0pkins13

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Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.