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Commercial Drive Vancouver

Unofficially known as 'Little Italy', or called 'The Drive' by locals, this community has grown into an eclectic mix of cultures, coffee shops, restaurants and funky, unique stores.

Commercial Drive is not only a unique neighbourhood and destination shopping district within Vancouver, but it's bucking the trend in North America towards homogenous, franchised malls and big box warehouses.


Visiting Commercial Drive

Wood fired pizza ovens; rich imported fabrics; fresh seasonal produce; fine wines; live music; dine and dance – the Drive offers you a totally unique experience. You'll find fashions ranging from imported Italian shoes to cheap chic; live entertainment from Reggae to Jazz; dining from every country you can think of!

Doing Business on Commercial Drive

The 21 blocks of Commercial Drive from Venables at north end, to 13th Avenue at the south, over a mile long, are home to the most eclectic mix of businesses in the city. Of the more than 400 businesses on the Drive, the majority are single location, owner-operated, making our product mix, dining experiences, produce, entertainment and services completely unique.

This neighbourhood repeatedly receives the Georgia Straight Reader's Choice award as the best neighbourhood in the City. We've also been ranked one of the 10 hippest neighbourhoods in North America by Utne Reader.

Frequently described as Vancouver's Greenwich Village, or as creative and bohemian as Paris' Rive Gauche

Commercial Drive Coffee Houses

Addis Cafe
(604) 254-1929
2017 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Caffe Napoli
(604) 253-8224
1670 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Calabria Bar
(604) 253-7017
1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Gcd Cafe Ltd
(604) 251-7586
1510 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Abruzzo Cappuccino Bar
(604) 254-2641

Commercial Drive Restaurants

Arriva Ristorante - 1537 Commercial
Fets Pasta Bar & Grill - 1230 Commercial
Havana Restaurant - 1212 Commercial
La Rocca Ristorante Italiano - 1565 Commercial
Latin Quarter Restaurant - 1305 Commercial
Lombardo's Pizzeria & Restaurant - 1641 Commercial
Marcello's Pizzeria -  1404 Commercial
Nick's Spaghetti House  - 631 Commercial
Old Europe Restaurant  - 1608 Commercial
Tio Pepe's Restaurante Mexicano -  1134 Commercial
Tony's Deli  - 1046 Commercial
Waazubee Café -  1622 Commercial

Commercial Drive Attractions Nearby

Vancouver Chinatown
Playland at the Pacific National Exhibition
Vancouver Casino
Chinatown Night Market
Hastings Race Track Vancouver

Vancouver Skytrain

Commercial Drive Location

Just a 5 minute drive East of downtown or ride on the SkyTrain from Downtown, Commercial Drive is a place to see! The 15 blocks of Commercial Drive from Venables to Grandview, nearly a mile long

Directions to Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is about 5 minutes east of the downtown core.

You can head east on Broadway and turn left on Commercial (North, towards the mountains). Heading east on 1st Avenue to Commercial will get you to the heart of the produce area.

East on Venables, (Georgia Viaduct to Prior, which runs straight into Venables) to Commercial puts you at the north end of blocks and blocks of great shops, cafes and restaurants.

Head east on Hastings to Commercial and turn right (south) for the same great stretch of shopping & dining.
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