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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 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.

Little Italy Food Tour

By Drive Admin | September 21, 2017

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.

Keeping the Drive Clean

By Drive Admin | January 28, 2018

The Commercial Drive Business Society (CDBS) Street Enhancement Committee works with many local groups to keep the sidewalks and streets in our Business Improvement Area (BIA) clean and safe. In addition to our long partnership with the Kettle Friendship Society, who provide street cleaning, we also work with Rain City Housing and the City of Vancouver, who together, manage the Cold Weather Shelter at 1st and Commercial, and provide Needle Pick Ups in the Commercial Drive BIA.

Commercial Drive Business Society Donates $2,000 to the GWCPC

By Drive Admin | September 17, 2017

Commercial Drive Business Society Donates $2,000.00 to the GWCPC Being safe can be fun – Cops Kids, and Commercial Drive Sept. 10th at Grandview Park.   It was literally quite the show of force this past Sunday. The fun filled Sunday event brought children, men, and women together that are passionate about putting children’s safety Read more…

BUSINESS IS KIND – Miscellany Finds

By DriveYVR | February 18, 2019

Miscellany Finds. MF is a non-profit organization owned and operated by Portia Sam, whose experience with thrift dates back even further than some of her followers. Prior to her beginnings at 1029 Commercial Drive, the store location had already served as a thrift store for 12 years prior

Varadero Cuban Café

By DriveYVR | December 30, 2018

The Varadero Cafe is owned and operated by Rigoberto Pena Amauies who spends his time in the kitchen preparing authentic Cuban cuisine for patrons and friends alike. He hails from Guantanamo, Cuba and has been with us in Canada for ten years now. This funky and traditional venue opened up eighteen months ago and has Read more…

The FlowerBox

By DriveYVR | November 23, 2018

As I come up to The Flower Box, owned and operated by Sacha Thompson, I can feel the unique creativity permeating with the scent of lilies from outside the doors. The flower petals sprinkled daily along the sidewalk and Figaro, the local celebrity dog, are there to greet me. What a welcome! For 15 years this local gem has been producing and delivering “Unusual Botanical Goodness”


By Drive Admin | May 17, 2018

SOPRA SOTTO PIZZERIA – FROM THE HEART OF LITTLE ITALY On the corner of Grant and Commercial is literally the heart of Vancouver’s own  Little Italy. What unveiled in March is a beautifully designed and renovated Sopra Sotto Pizzeria that now stands on the southeast corner, a business formerly known to many as Café Roma. Generations Read more…

Bandidas Taqueria – THE DRIVE’S MOST WANTED

By Drive Admin | May 16, 2018

Bandidas Taqueria – THE DRIVE’S MOST WANTED When it comes to vegetarian and vegan cuisine in Vancouver, Commercial Drive is a leader, with many diverse restaurants and shops. A big hug also to the animal based kitchens that do their best to cater their vegetarian and vegan guests! If you go south of the border Read more…

The Business of Being Positive
Womyns’ Ware | Your Open Closet

By Drive Admin | April 18, 2018

The Business of Being PositiveWomyns’ Ware | Your Open Closet Education aside, there is no question the media has a lot to do with people’s perception upon how we behave towards, and how we even shop for you know… ”SEX”—Yes, it’s sex. A frequently misguided term, inherently defined as an activity as well as gender Read more…

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