Aug 23, 2013 / 5:00 am
The Drive in Vancouver is home to one of the most interesting collection of restaurants and shops in the city. Stretching from 12th Avenue to Venables Street, this 21 block stretch is filled with delicious treats and fun surprises that you won’t want to miss. Bucking the trend of cookie cutter shops and restaurants, the large majority of businesses in the area are owner run and operated and offer locally made products. This bohemian mecca is a must-visit for those looking for a completely unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
Commercial Drive is well known for it’s restaurants. With a diverse selections of eateries showcasing foods from around the globe, you’ll find everything from Italian to Vegetarian Eritrean Cuisine. With so many restaurant choices make sure to come with a healthy appetite and plenty of time to take it all in. For those inclined to a plant based diet, the Drive is a must visit for food. Commercial is home to quite a few restaurants that are strictly vegetarian/ vegan fare. One of my favourite veggie spots is Bandidas Taqueria,where they some seriously killer Mexican. Some of my other favourites include Havana and Biercraft Taps and Tapas Bar.
Thinking of shopping? The Drive really has it all. Not unlike the restaurants, most of the retail shops on Commercial are privately owned mom and pop shops and boutiques. Whether you are into to the latest fashion, vintage or something in between, you’ll find it all here. The best part of shopping on The Drive is the passion that the employees and owners have for the goods and services that they provide. Shopping here is definitely not like a trip to to the mall, it warrants your time and excites your senses. A few of my fave’s for shopping include: The Barefoot Contessa, Mintage and Attic Treasures. You may not find exactly what you are looking for but you will definitely go home with bags full of one of kind goodies.
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