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

Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.

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Funky Town

The Drive is full of character and it's an authentic neighbourhood with real people living their lives. Calabria Cafe is a shining example, owned by a long-standing Italian... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Nice, France
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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We loved the vintage and thrift stores along Commercial. We also loved the thai restaurants and coffee shops.

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Drive is full of character and it's an authentic neighbourhood with real people living their lives. Calabria Cafe is a shining example, owned by a long-standing Italian family. 3 generations work there! Good music, humour, coffee, this place defines Commercial Drive. As well the different shops along the Drive are quaint and unique. Arriva Restaurant is one of my... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

This is a street that everyone must see and experience, as it has that European flavour! It can be accessed by using Skytrain, great place for taking a stroll and enjoying some of the interesting shops or restaurants.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

This has become a great Italian cultural area that should not be missed. I work nearby and frequently go to a café or for lunch. Very busy during Italian days but full of Italian tastes and energy. Lots of restaurants/cafe's to choose from.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Interesting and lots of character with some really great shops. This is a neighbourhood area with a unique blend of new and old.

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Thank Cocochanel1982
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

The Drive is a place of unique character... not like the kind of tourist shopping of Robson Street. but there are some interestinglittleplaces... and a wide range of real Vancouverits to watch as you walk along. it's a real Italian neighbourhood that has gradually changed to be more mixed/metropolitan, but you can still smell and tastes the old Italian. got... More 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

There is an abundance of great restaurants down Commercial Drive, many of them are Italian and the prices are reasonable with great food and ambiance.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

The Drive was previously dominated by Italian business back in the day, and still has part of that influence, particularly for all the incredible and countless coffee houses along the core of the strip, which is about 2kms. There is an annual Italian Festival that still takes place in June or July. This is a great place to shop for... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I love Commercial Drive for the variety - from dives to fine dining; from thrift to high end shoppes, from small variety stores to larger franchise type (think Home Hardware or PC grocery stores) - Commercial Drive has it all! Definitely worth the trip.

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Palm Beach, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The place was dirty and sad. Pan handlers and druggies everywhere very rundown. There were coffee shops but we didn't like the environment and left immediately .

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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.
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