Guidebook for Vancouver

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Guidebook for Vancouver

Food Scene
My favourite place for breakfast - crepes, bagels, french toast, in a super cozy spot with the best service!
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Euro Bagel Cafe
1468 Commercial Dr
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My favourite place for breakfast - crepes, bagels, french toast, in a super cozy spot with the best service!
Bustling, and comfy atmosphere, and of course, phenomenal coffee. Great place to take a book, or meet up with a friend. Also great for people watching. 1 block from transit, and they open early - perfect to pick up a coffee on your way...
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JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
2206 Commercial Dr
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Bustling, and comfy atmosphere, and of course, phenomenal coffee. Great place to take a book, or meet up with a friend. Also great for people watching. 1 block from transit, and they open early - perfect to pick up a coffee on your way...
One of my go-to places to eat - they just updated their menu to tasty Latin American dishes. Love the atmosphere as well. Yum!
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Havana Vancouver
1212 Commercial Dr
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One of my go-to places to eat - they just updated their menu to tasty Latin American dishes. Love the atmosphere as well. Yum!
Although you might have to wait to get in, its totally worth it! Some of the tastiest food on the drive - authentic Mexican cooked up right at the bar...I hear the drinks are amazing, though I opt for wine :)
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La Mezcaleria
1622 Commercial Dr
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Although you might have to wait to get in, its totally worth it! Some of the tastiest food on the drive - authentic Mexican cooked up right at the bar...I hear the drinks are amazing, though I opt for wine :)
A bit austere with it's white minimalist look, it serves up the best coffee on the Drive. Excellent for meeting up with a friend or people watching.
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Continental Coffee
1806 Commercial Dr
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A bit austere with it's white minimalist look, it serves up the best coffee on the Drive. Excellent for meeting up with a friend or people watching.
Spade is a new local coffee shop/bistro with a nice selections of bites for morning, brunch, and even early dinner - close by & affordable!
Spade Coffee Spirits & Treats
1858 Commercial Dr
Spade is a new local coffee shop/bistro with a nice selections of bites for morning, brunch, and even early dinner - close by & affordable!
Middle Eastern comfort fare like falafel, shawarma & hummus served in a casual, family-run space. Literally at the end of my street - plus they are open late!
Best Falafel
2013 Commercial Dr
Middle Eastern comfort fare like falafel, shawarma & hummus served in a casual, family-run space. Literally at the end of my street - plus they are open late!
Delicious Indian fare at a reasonable price. Also some killer fried chicken! Cozy atmosphere! Literally at the end of my street.
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Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen
2066 Commercial Dr
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Delicious Indian fare at a reasonable price. Also some killer fried chicken! Cozy atmosphere! Literally at the end of my street.
Although there is usually a lineup it doesn't take long to get into this popular spot! Vegan/vegetarian never tasted so good! Many guests said they loved this spot!
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Bandidas Taqueria
2781 Commercial Dr
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Although there is usually a lineup it doesn't take long to get into this popular spot! Vegan/vegetarian never tasted so good! Many guests said they loved this spot!
Tangent is at the end of my street and one of my regular spots, especially for brunch or for late nights drinks and live music. They open early, close late. Closed Mondays.
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Tangent Café
2095 Commercial Dr
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Tangent is at the end of my street and one of my regular spots, especially for brunch or for late nights drinks and live music. They open early, close late. Closed Mondays.
Another vegan/vegetarian hot spot that has consistently tasty & cheap brunches. Check out their nightly lineup - from poetry to music to open mic! Just at the end of my street!
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Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Dr
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Another vegan/vegetarian hot spot that has consistently tasty & cheap brunches. Check out their nightly lineup - from poetry to music to open mic! Just at the end of my street!
Commercial Drive's iconic greasy spoon. Not fancy, but marvelously cheap old school breakfasts. This place has been around for years and locals love it.
Skylight Restaurant
1012 Commercial Dr
Commercial Drive's iconic greasy spoon. Not fancy, but marvelously cheap old school breakfasts. This place has been around for years and locals love it.
Huge selection of local brews and a solid pub-fare menu. It's a large space and can get loud, but there is a great patio if you're willing to wait. One of the most popular brewpubs on the Drive.
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St. Augustine's
2360 Commercial Dr
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Huge selection of local brews and a solid pub-fare menu. It's a large space and can get loud, but there is a great patio if you're willing to wait. One of the most popular brewpubs on the Drive.
Absolutely delicious Mediterranean/middle eastern tapas. You won't regret it! I don't go here nearly enough!
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Jamjar Canteen
2280 Commercial Dr
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Absolutely delicious Mediterranean/middle eastern tapas. You won't regret it! I don't go here nearly enough!
If you're out late and everything else is closed, grab a yummy slice of pizza before heading home. $2.50 a slice! Consistently good pizza just steps from my door. Try Brothers next door as well (they have shorter lines but are just as tasty).
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Fire Pizza
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If you're out late and everything else is closed, grab a yummy slice of pizza before heading home. $2.50 a slice! Consistently good pizza just steps from my door. Try Brothers next door as well (they have shorter lines but are just as tasty).
Prado sits at the end of my street & is always popular stop for locals who want a good coffee! Seating outside if you want to hangout and they've recently added simple food fare to their repertoire!
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Prado Cafe
1938 Commercial Dr
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Prado sits at the end of my street & is always popular stop for locals who want a good coffee! Seating outside if you want to hangout and they've recently added simple food fare to their repertoire!
One of the last remaining Italian coffee joints on Commercial Drive. Cheesy decor, family run, neighbourhood coffee. Great sandwiches, ice cream, and sometimes specially made food - just ask! Sit outside and have a visit with the locals!
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Cafè Calabria
1731 Commercial Dr
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One of the last remaining Italian coffee joints on Commercial Drive. Cheesy decor, family run, neighbourhood coffee. Great sandwiches, ice cream, and sometimes specially made food - just ask! Sit outside and have a visit with the locals!
There are numerous sushi joints nearby, but Kojima is my fave. Cheap & simple! Delicious special rolls (try the Green Dragon). Open until 10pm.
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Kojima Sushi
1836 Commercial Dr
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There are numerous sushi joints nearby, but Kojima is my fave. Cheap & simple! Delicious special rolls (try the Green Dragon). Open until 10pm.
Deep-fried deliciousness with all the mayos you can hope for! Cheap and yummy! Has a patio and often screening sports games.
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Belgian Fries
1885 Commercial Dr
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Deep-fried deliciousness with all the mayos you can hope for! Cheap and yummy! Has a patio and often screening sports games.
Delicious delicious! Best szechuan/chinese in East Van.
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ChongQing on Commercial
2808 Commercial Drive
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Delicious delicious! Best szechuan/chinese in East Van.
Everyone in the food scene has been to Yolks, is talking about it, or is already there. One of Vancouver's most popular breakfast joints. Be prepared for a wait - but you can grab a coffee at Starbucks next door in the meantime. About a 15 minute walk from my place.
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Yolks
1598 E Hastings St
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Everyone in the food scene has been to Yolks, is talking about it, or is already there. One of Vancouver's most popular breakfast joints. Be prepared for a wait - but you can grab a coffee at Starbucks next door in the meantime. About a 15 minute walk from my place.
Although it's a bit of a walk (20-25 minutes), I adore this little place. Great for breakfast or brunch. Try the pork belly, or the eggs benny!
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The Red Wagon
2296 E Hastings St
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Although it's a bit of a walk (20-25 minutes), I adore this little place. Great for breakfast or brunch. Try the pork belly, or the eggs benny!
While there is no shortage of pizzerias on the Drive, this one (just one block over on Victoria Drive), is one of the best. Cozy little Italian restaurant in a residential area. Great food, excellent service. About 10 minute stroll from my place.
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Via Tevere Pizzeria
1190 Victoria Dr
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While there is no shortage of pizzerias on the Drive, this one (just one block over on Victoria Drive), is one of the best. Cozy little Italian restaurant in a residential area. Great food, excellent service. About 10 minute stroll from my place.
The busiest spot on the Drive for drinks & standard pub fare. Outdoor patio all year!
Park Drive
1815 Commercial Dr
The busiest spot on the Drive for drinks & standard pub fare. Outdoor patio all year!
Drinks & Nightlife
A hip little spot with a patio - for a drink and a bite, just a couple blocks away.
One of the best outdoor patios on Commercial Drive, plus yummy cocktails & food - just a few blocks from home!
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The Charlatan
1447 Commercial Dr
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One of the best outdoor patios on Commercial Drive, plus yummy cocktails & food - just a few blocks from home!
Check out their website to find out who is playing! Sometimes it will be local talent, or square dancing, or disco! You never know! It's a quick walk and cover is cheap!
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The Wise
1882 Adanac St
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Check out their website to find out who is playing! Sometimes it will be local talent, or square dancing, or disco! You never know! It's a quick walk and cover is cheap!
Toby's is a large, but cozy pub with the usual pub fare and pool tables. Consistently good food & atmosphere just a 10 minute walk from my place.
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Toby's Liquor Store- Commercial Drive
2733 Commercial Dr
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Toby's is a large, but cozy pub with the usual pub fare and pool tables. Consistently good food & atmosphere just a 10 minute walk from my place.
Cheap eats, cheap drinks, loud music, always packed! One of the Drive's most popular hangouts for local (and non-locals). Expect tattoos, beards, and motorbikes...
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The Dime
1565 Commercial Dr
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Cheap eats, cheap drinks, loud music, always packed! One of the Drive's most popular hangouts for local (and non-locals). Expect tattoos, beards, and motorbikes...
Essentials
If you need any essentials, this is the closest "everything" store nearby. It's in a small complex, just next to the Vancity.
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Super Valu
1645 E 1st Ave
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If you need any essentials, this is the closest "everything" store nearby. It's in a small complex, just next to the Vancity.
This is the nearest drug store, which also carries essentials like shampoo, sunscreen, etc. Open late, open early, right next to the transit station.
Shoppers Simply Pharmacy
1750 E 10th Ave
This is the nearest drug store, which also carries essentials like shampoo, sunscreen, etc. Open late, open early, right next to the transit station.
The nearest laundromat to me (at the end of my street). You can drop it off for a fee, or do your own (cheaper).
Washing Wells
1910 Commercial Dr
The nearest laundromat to me (at the end of my street). You can drop it off for a fee, or do your own (cheaper).
Another laundromat a few blocks away from me, but highly recommended by a close friend. Do it yourself, or drop it off for a higher fee.
William Laundry & Cleaning Services
1315 Commercial Dr
Another laundromat a few blocks away from me, but highly recommended by a close friend. Do it yourself, or drop it off for a higher fee.
This is located inside the Shoppers Drug Mart.
Canada Post
1755 E Broadway
This is located inside the Shoppers Drug Mart.
Great little spot for produce, and gluten-free/vegan friendly picnic items for your daily adventures!
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City Avenue Market
2279 Commercial Dr
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Great little spot for produce, and gluten-free/vegan friendly picnic items for your daily adventures!
Parks & Nature
About 20 minute walk from my place, with 10-15 minutes to circle this little local lake. From May-October on Saturdays there is a local farmer's market (10-3). There is also a community centre there with tennis courts, swimming pool, and ice rink, plus many other activities - fees are applied for dropping in.
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Trout Lake Community Centre
3360 Victoria Dr
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About 20 minute walk from my place, with 10-15 minutes to circle this little local lake. From May-October on Saturdays there is a local farmer's market (10-3). There is also a community centre there with tennis courts, swimming pool, and ice rink, plus many other activities - fees are applied for dropping in.
Entertainment & Activities
This little theatre has film screenings (new and old), burlesque shows, comedians, and everything in between. They also serve wine & beer which you won't get at your regular movie theatre! Located next to the skytrain. Visit their site to see what's playing.
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Rio Theatre
1660 E Broadway
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This little theatre has film screenings (new and old), burlesque shows, comedians, and everything in between. They also serve wine & beer which you won't get at your regular movie theatre! Located next to the skytrain. Visit their site to see what's playing.
Getting Around
Vespa Metro has rentals and they are only 20 minute walk from my place! Sometimes they have guided tours during the warmer months (see AirBnB Experiences).
Vespa Metro Vancouver
590 Clark Dr
Vespa Metro has rentals and they are only 20 minute walk from my place! Sometimes they have guided tours during the warmer months (see AirBnB Experiences).