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22 AMAZING BLOCKS WITH OVER 300 SHOPS & RESTAURANTS
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 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.
Taste Vancouver Food Tours
Every Saturday from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm on Commercial Drive, our special partners at Taste Vancouver Food Tours, take those wishing to experience a unique multi-establishment food, history and tasting in some of our fine Italian establishments. They couple this with an interactive guide to learn about the history that has made The Drive one the most vibrant, and delicious districts in Vancouver to experience.
The Commercial Drive Business Society (CDBS) is proud to present our annual ‘Family Day on The Drive’, a free community event.
You are invited to join us on Monday, February 17, for an afternoon of events and activities for the entire family at Britannia Ice Rink between 1 pm and 3:30 pm.
SAVE THE EAST VAN BEES
Partial proceeds to save the Honey Bees through the East Van Bees Company.
Our Humble Hive Brown Ale is made with East Van Bees honey and we are happy to host four hives on our roof to help pollinate the local flora. Humble Hive is meant to express that the little things matter in life and can make all the difference.
So support your local beekeeper by supporting East Van… and if you ever see an East Van bee around the brewery, “bee” cool.
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.
Vancouver has a long beloved history with Italian culture. So much so that in 2016 the city of Vancouver finally and unanimously declared a stretch of Commercial Drive now officially known as Little Italy. After 60 years of Italian settlement, we are still grateful to visit and experience many long-standing Italian merchants.
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.
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.
At the North West corner of 1st and Commercial attached to the iconic IL Mercato Building stands an important merchant we all have come to at least recognize and or frequent. Super Valu, located at 1645 E 1st Ave. is one of the busiest and appreciated grocers in Vancouver. If not for the widely discounted and weekly specials, it could very well be the fact that it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, proudly serving Vancouver for the last 21 years on The Drive.
A hairstylist once said… “People are very loyal to their hairstylist, at least until they do something wrong with your hair and then you have to look for another.” Which is the reason why there are so many of us! Experiencing it personally, it may very well be the truth. We all know the painstaking task of finding not just the “perfect” groomer, but to also balance everything from a price we can afford regularly, right down to a convenient location.