Just a 5 minute drive or ride on the SkyTrain from downtown, Commercial Drive is a place to see! Unofficially known as 'Little Italy', or called 'The Drive' by locals, this community has grown into an eclectic mix of cultures, coffee shops, restaurants and funky, unique stores.
This is a fantastic walking neighbourhood! Start at one end and explore to the other; from Broadway (and the the skytrain station) to Venables you will find lots of fun finds. Here are some of my favorite stores: Tierra Del Sol at 4th Ave., Doctor Vigari Gallery at 2nd Ave., Paranada at Grant St. and Highlife Records at Charles. The are coffee shops and cafes galore! Take your time and enjoy!