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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 - JUNE  2020

 

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.

Kalena’s Italian Shoes and Accessories

By Drive Admin | November 29, 2017

Kalena’s Italian Shoes and Accessories Fifty years in operation is testament to the durability of any business to be sure.   Such is the case of Kalena’s Italian Shoes and Accessories standing proudly at 1526 Commercial Drive, now marking half a century.   It was founded by Carmine and Isa D’Onofrio in 1967. “My parents Read more…

When “FATE” brings Bakery SATE to The Drive

By Drive Admin | October 29, 2017

Bakery Sate When “FATE” brings Bakery SATE to The Drive. On the south side of the Broadway-Commercial Skytrain Station thrives another section of our community on The Drive that is constantly moving and evolving. More than three years ago, one of the newer commercial developments at 12th and Commercial stood empty for quite some time. Read more…

Belgian Fries

By Drive Admin | October 23, 2017

Belgian Fries Belgian Fries If Poutine is your thing, look no further than Belgian Fries ‘On the Drive’! It’s sure to be your little slice of heaven.   Situated at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Commercial since 1999, Ali Faghani took over the operation four years later and expanded not only the premises, but Read more…

Cannibal Cafe

By Drive Admin | October 23, 2017

Cannibal Cafe Cannibal Cafe Described as an informal, punk rock-themed burger joint, Cannibal Café ‘On the Drive’ certainly lives up to the billing.  Looking every bit the diner it is, Cannibal Café prides itself on venerable staples such as burgers and fries but offers so much more. “It’s been running for about four years and Read more…

Fets Whisky Kitchen

By Drive Admin | August 11, 2017

Fets Whisky Kitchen Fets Whisky Kitchen To the seasoned spirits aficionado, there is no place in Western Canada quite like Fets Whisky Kitchen; Vancouver’s premier Whisky Bar.   In fact, with well over 800 different types of whisky currently on the menu and more arriving all the time, it just may be the premier spot Read more…

Bao Down – Filipino Fusion gets the latest nod on The Drive.

By Drive Admin | August 7, 2017

Bao Down Bao Down – Filipino Fusion gets the latest nod on The Drive. Out of all the different Southeast Asian restaurants that exists here in Vancouver, it’s quite the rare sighting to have cuisine from the Philippines make it on the culinary scene, especially on the drive.  GM Alex Izard tells us that Bao Read more…

Rosemary RockSalt – The Real Deal is on The Drive.

By Drive Admin | August 6, 2017

Rosemary RockSalt Rosemary RockSalt – The Real Deal is on The Drive. That’s right, someone has to claim who makes and has the best bagels on the strip. However you wish to award the best bagel, they at RR prefer it simply as the “Real Bagels.” Welcome to Rosemary RockSalt. Their guests often tell them Read more…

The Sweet Greek – Secret recipe to success is a big heart.

By Drive Admin | August 3, 2017

The Sweet Greek The Sweet Greek – Secret recipe to success is a big heart. Not too far north from the skytrain comes a new Greek Café that is paving it’s present and future success with good intentions. Owner Bob Sacallis, aptly known as “The Sweet Greek” stands in front of his colorful royal blue Read more…

The Dirty Penny – New pub launches with a UK flair on Commercial’s Little Italy.

By Drive Admin | July 6, 2017

The Dirty Penny The Dirty Penny – New pub launches with a UK flair on Commercial’s Little Italy. A unique British Bar concept in the heart of Vancouver. Real music, good pints, soccer, rugby, and good company. Just a couple weeks ago saw the launch of Dirty Penny, a social-local pub formerly known as Stateside. Read more…

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