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“Commercial Street is a Shopping/Dining Mecca”
Review of Commercial Street

Commercial Street
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Owner description: Historic street at the edge of the working waterfront area of Portland.
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Commercial Street is a Shopping/Dining Mecca”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Commercial Street is the very beginning of the Old Port section of town. It's where everyone goes to take a ferry or tour boat ride, shop for souvenirs and find a great place for lunch or dinner. During summer, it is TEEMING with tourists, and it's delightful. It can be hard, or nearly impossible, to find a place to park if you don't get there early in the day. There is a $10.00 lot, but even that fills up fast. The street parking...really...don't bother looking! There are people crossing the street everywhere. The state law says you let people cross if they are in the cross-walk, and they mean it!
The shops are wonderful, the restaurants are a delight. It's hard to go wrong, and if you're looking for high-end gifts or souvenir t-shirts or lobster lollipops, you've got plenty to look at. Come early, roam around and then have lunch. It's a shopper's delight, and if you can stay for dinner, all the better. Enjoy. Those of us who live here take all of our visitors to Commercial St.
and everyone loves the experience.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Spookahontas
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Auburn, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“just about anything you can want and more”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Shops galore, food, treats, spices, cooking supplies, the water front, big wide street and a ton of great side streets and shops.

This is an all day stop, which is fine, because there are a ton of stops to make.

Want a coffee, there are no less then 3-5 shops for that. How about pizza, a dozen or so for this. And let's not forget Maine Seafood … hell a dozen plus places to get great eats like this.

t-shirts, novelties, high end cookware, Maine souvenirs, books stores, quint walks. There is so much to see and do here, it just has to be a stop if you are within an hours drive.

Deciding between Freeport (LL Bean) and here, for me, it's here.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank slalemand
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Corona, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice Old Historic area”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Great Restaurants and a neat atmosphere. We ate at Boones, which is fabulous. Easy to walk around and lots to see, but things close early in the evening, so get there early afternoon to allow yourself ample time to explore.

Visited October 2013
Thank Mark P
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Level 6 Contributor
623 reviews
226 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“Enjoyable even in the drizzle”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

The only day on our holiday when it rained but despite this we found the Commercial Street area both welcoming and well worth the visit. There are plenty of cafe's as well as shops, selling everything from T- Shirts to antiques. In a side street we found a Christmas shop and only wished we could have taken some of the stuff home. Nearby we found a statue of the film director ' John Ford ' a favourite. If you are bored with the shops there is also a very attractive harbourside to explore. They have done a really good job regenerating and old area whilst keeping some of its character.

Visited October 2013
Thank eonaLondon
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
448 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Cute Shops”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

The shops are very unique and cute. Some tourist shops with sweatshirts and things, but others that were very cute. All the owners or staff members were very nice in each of the shops. They made it very inviting!

Visited October 2013
Thank Misty K
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