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Time Out has ranked Vancovuer's Commercial Drive fifth on its 2024 World's Coolest Streets list.

Commercial Drive Ranks Among World’s Coolest Streets

Funky, mostly independent stores and restaurants have helped Vancouver’s Commercial Drive earn a placing among the world’s top streets.

Global publication Time Out ranked the Drive fifth on its 2024 World’s Coolest Streets list. Montreal’s Saint-Hubert Street was the only other Canadian roadway that earned a spot, ranking 27th among the 30 that cracked the list.

“In a city of rapid change, Commercial Drive remains defiantly ungentrified,” wrote Time Out Vancouver-based contributor Shawn Conner.

The area covers a stretch of Commercial from about East 12th Avenue to Venables Street. The stretch contains mainly small premises ranging from record stores and restaurants to a bowling alley. Time Out praised the Drive’s many clothing shops for their devotion to vintage, citing The Only and Mintage as examples, or ethically sourced items from far-off places (Wander EmporiumParanada).

The magazine also lauded the Drive for having a plethora of coffee shops and “more pizza (and pizza slice) joints than you can shake a pepperoni stick at.”

The Drive sits in a district known as Little Italy, whose name dates back to an era when Italian-Canadians owned and operated numerous restaurants and shops in the area. The area remains a haven for Italian-Canadians; however, most of the Drive’s businesses and locations today are ethnically and culturally diverse.

Pictured: Paranada clothing store on Commercial Drive

Photo: Paranada


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About Monte Stewart

Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s. In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star. Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.

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