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Commercial Drive

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Address: 1661 Napier St, 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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Great area to walk and enjoy the many funky shops and eateries. Parking can be a bit of a problem but with a keen eye you can get a spot. The skytrain is at one end of the drive... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver, Canada
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great area to walk and enjoy the many funky shops and eateries. Parking can be a bit of a problem but with a keen eye you can get a spot. The skytrain is at one end of the drive and a short bus or walk will take you into the heart of the area. Many alternative residents live in this... More 

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Thank 483vacationer
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104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

But sort of hippie neighborhood fairly safe nice in summer time bars restaurants record stores use to Italian neighborhood small park high school hockey arena small one indoor swimming all kind of diff culture restaurants pretty nice place in summer time fairly busy accessible from downtown Van buses 2.75 around 30 min from granville street bus commercial drive bus way... More 

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Thank Rob B
North Vancouver, Canada
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I get that it's eclectic and artsy fartsy, but there are a lot of crazies on the Drive. I'd like to see a developer take this project on & give it a facelift. Good property- great views. Some of the restaurants are horrible, some are good; some are historic & should remain. I fancy the odd little shop. There are... More 

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Thank Janet G
Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Home to hippies and people of all shapes,sizes creeds and lifestyles. Come with an open mind, grab a coffee and post up outside and watch. Very laid-back, chill vibe and a lot of people watching to be done on commercial drive.

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Thank peterknight54
Portland
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Commercial Drive is not for everyone but if you like a little adventure you will find some of the best Italian food, bakeries and Ice cream Vancouver has to offer. The food is very inexpensive and you get to enjoy the local hippie crowd. Commercial is a fun walk during the World Cup or for its famous yearly festivel, enjoy.

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Thank Kaisers5
Kamloops, Bc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Born and raised in the lower mainland and did many stops on commercial Drive. Was in town for conference so did a drive through. The place is still great and some old stomping grounds. Only problem is parking now as it was crazy to find a spot to stop for lunch so just drove around and then went some where... More 

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Thank Tim R
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you are not from the 70's or speak Italian, Commercial Drive is the place to have a perfect coffee, enjoy a nice walk and have fun while dining in one of the hundreds restaurants along 'the drive', from Italian to Chinese, from a gym to grocery shopping. Come hungry!

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Thank mabrondani
France
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148 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first you may ask yourself what is this place and why I am here, but dont stop and keep walking. Slowly you get into it. I like the different atmosphere that Commercial Dr has, as compared to other attractive streets of Vancouver such as Yaletown or Robson St. I can not say it is more authentic, but it has... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Listen you have not really been seen Vancouver til you have spent a day on "The Drive". This is this historically Italian and Portuguese neighbourhood of the city. It is more gentrified now, but resists any wholesale change. This is the the place where you an go to the pasta shop and hey are making the tortilini by hand, the... More 

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Thank Copado
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87 reviews
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Commercial Drive is an interesting blend of Vancouver. It offers a wide assortment of bars and restaurants. In many ways it is similar to Main st. just a little more grungy. I think it adds character and charm adding to the appeal. Great place to stroll on a sunny day. Not a must see neighbourhood, but worth a visit.

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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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