A Commercial Drive walking tour inspired by East Van Panto: Pinocchio
Remember last year when Dorothy and friends traveled to Olympic Village to meet the Wizard of OV? Or the year before when Snow White escaped to the PNE and danced with the SuperDogs? Who could forget Little Red Riding Hood’s adventures along the Adanac bike path in search of Grandma’s house at the Woodwards Building? Remember Hansel and Gretel lost in the wilderness of Stanley Park; Cinderella cleaning her house on Fraser Street; or even the first East Van Panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, which re-opened the York Theatre on Commercial Drive?
Over the years, Theatre Replacement’s hyperlocal East Van Panto has featured some of Vancouver’s best places and beloved hot-spots – and this year is no exception! This season, Pinocchio and friends explore Commercial Drive, encounter a cappuccino war between the Drive’s many coffee shops, venture to Hastings Racecourse, and end up at so many more East Van spots. Check out some of the local favourites Pinocchio comes across in East Van Panto: Pinocchio below.
Kin Kao Thai
Kin Kao (‘eat rice’), deliver a compact but diverse selection of authentic Thai dishes.
903 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W8
604-558-1125 | INFO@KINKAO.CA | kinkao.ca
Bump n’ Grind on the Drive
Bump n’ Grind on the Drive is known for its quality coffee and baked goods. The drinks are unique and tasty.
916 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W7
604-569-3362 | bumpngrindcafe.com
Absinthe Bistro French
Absinthe Bistro is an owned and operated family business based on the idea of bringing fresh and flavourful French food to Vancouver.
952 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W7
Britannia Community Secondary School is a public community secondary school located in the Grandview–Woodland neighbourhood on the east-side of Vancouver.
1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3T4
604-713-8266 | britannia.vsb.bc.ca
Find all the pizza, Italian, Greek, steakhouse, and barbecue options you’re looking for at Sunrise Pizza & Steak House.
949 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W8
604-251-2411 | sunrisepizza.ca
Serving the perfect espresso, the most exquisite cappuccino, the tallest latte. One of Vancouver’s great secrets.
1150 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2
604-255-1046 | joescafebar.com
The Grandview Park is a big summertime lure for locals and Drive visitors.
1657 Charles Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2T4
Beckwoman’s Hippie Emporium
Beckwoman’s Hippie Emporium is a real hippie paradise.
1314 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X6
Continental Coffee on Commercial Drive is one of the cities best coffee shops, and a welcome break from the Starbucks and Blenz that dot most corners.
1806 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A5
Café Deux Soleils
Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive is your home for healthy comfort food, morning, noon, and night.
2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B2
604-254-1195 | cafedeuxsoleils.com
Jam Jar Lebanese
Jamjar tells a story of communal living and sharing food as a means to connect. The idea originates from the heart of Lebanese culture based on hospitality and generosity.
2290 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B5
604-252-3957 | jam-jar.ca
Hastings Racecourse is a horse racing facility at Hastings Park, four miles from downtown Vancouver.
188 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8
Burrard Inlet is the fjord that separates the coastal mountain range to north from the city of Vancouver and the rest of the lower mainland to the south. The Lions Gate Bridge crosses Burrard inlet at Stanley Park.
The Fox Cabaret is an independent venue in Vancouver with a focus on live music, dancing, entertainment and good times.
2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov 20-Jan 5, 2020 at the York Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604-251-1363.