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Top Choice Food in Commercial Drive

Licorice Parlour

Just when you think you'll never find that combination licorice and hula-hoop store you've been searching for, here it is. A perky little spot with a serious commitment to the love-it-or-hate-it candy, it has dozens…
Top Choice Vintage in Commercial Drive

Mintage

Where Drive hipsters add a little vintage glam to their look, there's a Western-saloon feel to the interior here. But don't be fooled: this is one of the city's most kaleidoscopically eclectic stores. Dominated by w…
Food & Drinks in Commercial Drive

La Grotta Del Formaggio

If you insist on eating something other than chocolate or ice-cream, hit this legendary old-school deli and sandwich shop, a family-run holdover from the days when this was Vancouver's 'Little Italy.' Peruse the lip…
Books in Commercial Drive

People's Co-Op Bookstore

A Commercial Drive fixture for more than 70 years and a loud echo of the Drive's counter-culture heyday, this is the bookshop to pick up the latest copy of Proletarian magazine. But it's not all revolutionary fervor…
Vintage in Commercial Drive

Miscellany Finds

Like an explosion at a garage sale, this rambling used and vintage store invites serious perusing. The front room is packed with racks of mostly women's togs (plus some kids clothing and menswear) but the comfortabl…
Books in Commercial Drive

Pulpfiction Books East

The smallest of Pulpfiction's mini-empire of three Vancouver bookstores, this spartan-looking shop has little decoration beyond its wood floors and well-stocked wooden bookshelves. And what that shows, of course, is…
Music in Commercial Drive

Audiopile

From classic rock to obscure German metal bands, this local-fave record store takes a no-nonsense approach with its basic racks of new and used vinyl, CD and tape recordings. Find that rare Joy Division (or not-so-r…
Antiques in Commercial Drive

Attic Treasures

One of Vancouver's favourite stores specializing in antiques and mid-century items, this retro-cool double-room is lined with 1950s-to-1980s furniture and treasures. Peruse the candy-colored coffee pots and kaleidos…
Clothing in Commercial Drive

Kali

Serving up a mixed array of women's clothing and crafty housewares and trinkets sourced from around the world, this popular browser's hangout is perfect for squandering a lazy hour or so before dinner. You'll find e…
Books in Commercial Drive

Canterbury Tales

Serving the area's well-read bohemians, this used and new bookstore is one of several Drive literary nooks. It's a mini-labyrinth of floor-to-ceiling stacks bulging with titles, including some quirky staff picks nea…