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A culturally rich and authentic neighbourhood, Commercial Drive - also known as The Drive - is one of the best and most colourful shopping, dining and nightlife districts you will find in the city; and boasts home to Vancouver’s own 8 block Little Italy, representing more than 60 years of Italian heritage. Day or evening, The Drive offers 22 full blocks to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, an eclectic collection of restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores and bakeries. A one of a kind experience. Welcome to The Drive

Italian Day August 28

By mhcad | July 26, 2022

  Celebrating Italian Culture, Heritage and Community in Little Italy   Italian Day returns in a village style setting on Sunday, August 28, 2022! The Italian Day Festival Society did not want to have another year slip by without offering some form of Italian Day festival celebrating Italian culture and heritage, as well as the Read more…

Lonely Planet names Commercial Drive one of world’s coolest neighbourhoods

By DriveYVR | April 3, 2020

Lonely Planet includes Vancouver’s Commercial Drive in its latest collection of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods.

The famous travel guide has compiled a list of what it calls ‘little-known’ enclaves in 50 cities

Little Italy Vancouver – Made in Italy…

By DriveYVR | April 2, 2020

You dream of one day visiting Italy – a trip you hope will include shopping for great fashion, immaculate workmanship, and an evening filled with food, music, and dancing with the locals. Dreams do come true when you spend a day in Vancouver’s Little Italy right here on Commercial Drive.


By DriveYVR | April 1, 2019

Debt won’t save our small businesses
We’ve paused our businesses to save lives. The government must act now to pause our expenses to save the Canadian economy.

Indian Cuisine on The Drive

By DriveYVR | April 2, 2020

Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, and Cardamom – a curry lover’s shortlist
Vancouver’s Commercial Drive is home to some of the best South Asian cuisine in the city. Whether you are looking for a quick take-out option, or an elegant dinner date, you will find the exotic flavours of the Indian sub-continent prevalent right here on The Drive.

Let the Music Play – Rufus Guitar and Drum Shop

By DriveYVR | May 10, 2019

After a couple of months of renovations and getting settled, April welcomed the newly opened and anticipated music store Rufus Guitar and Drum Shop, at 1803 Commercial Drive. Nestled at the former Wonderbucks location, the spacious shop at the corner of 2nd St. has everything you would want and more when it comes to playing and learning music.



Italian Day on The Drive!  is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 150 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations – and an estimated 300,000+ attendees of all ages and cultures.