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This is a great area for a walk, a little shopping and some great foody opportunities.

We love the "drive" as there are funky stores, cute boutiques, great restaurants and even... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandy C
Vancouver, Canada
Cool Eclectric Street Lined with Shops and Restaurant

This street is about half mile long with shops and restaurants that the locals go to. The price is... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2018
Houston, Texas
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Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1661 Napier St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4, Canada
Commercial Drive
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fantastic cafes with delicious food, perfect for breakfast. Also, there are some great second hand stores ( some are quite expensive) with really cool clothes and a theatre. I love spending time here, the vibe of the drive is really relaxed.

Thank Julia M
Reviewed 5 days ago

The drive had some very nice independent shops and bars that were very cool. However, it is slightly smaller than you expect, so realistically you will only be here for a couple of hours max.

Thank andy275405
Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the "drive" as there are funky stores, cute boutiques, great restaurants and even interesting people. It is a wonderful place for a stroll and you can catch breakfast, lunch or dinner in any number of great eateries and they are mostly affordable and...More

Thank Sandy C
Reviewed 18 September 2018

This street is about half mile long with shops and restaurants that the locals go to. The price is very affordable.

Thank Galactus1969
Reviewed 1 September 2018

A great place to stroll on a leisurely afternoon. The unique blend of small independent shops and restaurants adds flavor to the neighborhood.

Thank 4george
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Great street to walk. People watching or a excellent selection of different restaurants. Tried a Jamaican rest & was very good.

Thank keepitsimple94
Reviewed 15 August 2018

In the heart of The Republic of East Vancouver, Commercial Drive still maintains a bit of an edge in terms of its political thinking. Lots of alternative types hanging around, as well as up-market hipsters. Great restaurants, the best of which as far as I...More

Thank Y2647JTmichaelh
Reviewed 28 July 2018

We were here on the car free day between 1st and 14th Ave. The street was abuzz with stalls selling goods and activist stalls. The home made ice pops were particularly good! Normally Commercial Drive is an eclectic area of cafes, restaurants, pot shops and...More

Thank CollRr
Reviewed 26 July 2018

I really really enjoyed this neighborhood! They offered a lot of variety when it comes to their shops and restos. There are a lot of pizza places; however, they all offered a unique twist to their dish! So many amazing and quaint shops. From house...More

Thank Jay C
Reviewed 22 July 2018

I stayed at an Arbnb in this area. Commercial Drive is a very old school, trendy street with all sorts of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, and services. It's a nice change from the downtown core of big retail outlets and chain stores. If you want...More

Thank painbr
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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
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Norm M
7 June 2018|
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Response from joshua b | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I agree the #20 bus is very convenient for travel north or south on Commercial Drive.