Commercial Drive in East Vancouver is perhaps not in the most traveled tourist area of the city, but it’s worth the effort to find. Follow your nose to “The Drive,” as it’s affectionately known, as the heady aromas of food and coffee permeate this area.

Eat your way around the world on Commercial Drive with a full representation of cuisines from the Middle East, Ethiopia, Greece, Japan, Italy, the Philippines, the Caribbean and, of course, the West Coast. Meet local residents who eat here and enjoy an eclectic setting of what was once collectively known as Vancouver’s Little Italy. One large section still has an obvious Italian presence.

Sit down and spend some time beside Trout Lake in John Hendry Park. Buy a tasty snack in the park at the farmers market, which is open from May to October. At the opposite end of Commercial Drive is Grandview Park, a popular venue for impromptu sessions by street musicians, and a great place do some people-watching.

Continue exploring this area’s 22 blocks of businesses, from Venables Street to East 12th Avenue, with something for every taste and whim. Step into the many stores that offer unique items made by local craftspeople, as well as artwork that perfectly captures the atmosphere of this lively street.

Quench the inevitable thirst you will create from walking by ducking into one of the many coffee shops. At one intersection alone you have a choice of coffeehouses on three corners. Down a draught or a craft beer from a large selection of ale houses. Nights on Commercial Drive offer a variety of entertainment keeping this part of Vancouver alive around the clock.

Park your car on a side street, which is probably your best chance of finding a spot. Otherwise Commercial Drive is thoroughly served by public transit. Wear good walking shoes and take time to experience this diverse street.

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Family-Friendly, Dining and Flowers

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Where to stay in Commercial Drive

Mount Pleasant
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Mount Pleasant

Urban, Walking, Culture

Mount Pleasant is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its skyline. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

East Side
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East Side

East Side is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Hastings
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Hastings

Friendly People, Ice Skating, Roller Skating

Hastings is a welcoming neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants and bars. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its festivals.

Strathcona
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Strathcona

Cafes, Urban, Chinatown

Strathcona is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its China town and rich culture.

Renfrew-Collingwood
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Renfrew-Collingwood

Renfrew-Collingwood is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Grandview-Woodland
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Grandview-Woodland

Grandview-Woodland is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Top Hotels in Commercial Drive

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Unique Classical Suite IN A Heritage House 10 Minutes TO Downtown
Vancouver
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Nice place

"Nice place near public transportation and lots of stores. We didn't drive so that made it easy because there is no parking on the street. Cute one beedroom with lots of space."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2018

Unique Classical Suite IN A Heritage House 10 Minutes TO Downtown
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Commercial Drive Accommodations
3.5 out of 5
1734-1738 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Nice location

"Great location, spacious, needs air conditioning though. It was really hot in the apt and we couldn't cool it down."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2016

Commercial Drive Accommodations
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City Night Sky Light
2.5 out of 5
1468 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
3/5 (2 reviews)
THIS IS NO HOTEL, IT IS A ROOM IN SOMEBODY'S APT

"the hosts is a young couple. they are very nice and helpful BUT, this is not a hotel, nor it's a b&b like the hosts like to call it. this is a couple having an extra room in their small apartment and renting it as a superior room in a hotel!!!! it was not stated anywhere on the "hotel" description ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2017

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Popular things to do in Commercial Drive

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Granville Island Public Market
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Granville Island Public Market

Shop with the locals and tourists at this bustling market located near Vancouver’s city center.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.

Cypress Mountain
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Cypress Mountain

Zip down slopes that were on show to the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.

Grouse Mountain
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Grouse Mountain

This popular year-round attraction is a hub of culture, nature and activities just 15 minutes from downtown.

Top activities in Commercial Drive

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

$43

Take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70 m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breathtaking 450-foot-long (137-m) suspension bridge.

Grouse Mountain Experience Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Experience Tickets

$47

Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s most visited year-round attraction located just minutes from downtown Vancouver.. Enjoy panoramic views as you travel to the alpine aboard the iconic Skyride.

Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket
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Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket

$31

Immerse yourself in the magnificent marine world of the Vancouver Aquarium. Come face-to-face with playful otters, lovable walruses, and adorable sea lions at this 91,480 square-foot (8,498-sq m) facility in the heart of Stanley Park.

Whistler & Sea to Sky Gondola
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Whistler & Sea to Sky Gondola

$145

Traverse from the scenic coastline of Howe Sound fjord to the lush forested peaks of the Coast Mountains. This escape from the city is an ideal way to experience the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver and Whistler.

Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

$221

Take a scenic seaplane flight of the Gulf Islands. Land in Victoria for a chance to spend the day sightseeing in this picturesque city, and return by coach bus onto the BC Ferries. Start your exciting day with a spectacular 35-minute seaplane flight over the Gulf Islands.

Vancouver Hop-On, Hop-Off Classic Pass & Observation Deck
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Vancouver Hop-On, Hop-Off Classic Pass & Observation Deck

$51

Discover Vancouver’s many attractions from aboard Vancouver's Hop-On, Hop-Off. With admission to Vancouver Lookout for breathtaking views of the city, this smart combination gives you snapshots of many landmarks from high and low alike.

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Summer solstice in Vancouver
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Summer solstice in Vancouver

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Watching storms in British Columbia
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Watching storms in British Columbia

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Winter fun in Whistler. B.C.
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Winter fun in Whistler. B.C.

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