Cabbagetown
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Once home solely for Irish immigrants, this neighborhood presently contains the largest grouping of Victorian homes on the continent.
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Neighborhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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  • Brett H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Toronto’s coolest downtown neighbourhood
    Cabbagetown is a fun mix of restored Victorian homes, cool shops, great restaurants, nice parks, and colourful events. Summer Tuesdays see a farmers’ market in Riverdale Park and the September heralds the return of the Cabbagetown Festival street fair and a tour of historic homes. No other quarter in Toronto combines a walkable neighbourhood of leafy streets with such close proximity to downtown offices, the major hospitals, universities and colleges, cultural venues, and key shopping. Get everywhere on bike share or the neighbourhood’s streetcar lines.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • lgbeattyy
    Toronto, Canada3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Neighbourhood in downtown Toronto
    Was there for the Cabbagetown Festival which was fantastic! So many vendors of food and other interesting things. The main street was closed and turned into a festive pedestrian mall, where the different restaurants on the street set up dining areas. And great, free music of all kinds was everywhere. Off of the main street there are many well-preserved Victorian homes and an urban farm with heritage breeds of animals, free admission. There's a beautiful old graveyard near the farm, one of the oldest in Canada. Enjoyed all the little laneways and plaques that honour famous people who lived in the houses. So walkable, but easy access to downtown Toronto by public transit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Braydom P
    1 contribution
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    Cabbagetown is amazing!!!!
    Cabbagetown is the best neighbourhood in toronto!! One of the largest collections of preserved Victorian homes in North America. It has many great restaurants and shops including House on Parliament, Dova, F’amelia, Jet Fuel Coffee, Salt and Tobacco, Le conci, L’avenue, Good Gang Ice Cream, and Blondies Pizza to name a few. Recommend walking the streets of beautiful homes, or visiting Riverdale Farm and parks!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Maryam M
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem Neighbourhood in Dt Toronto
    Cabbagetown is a wonderful neighbourhood to spend time in. It has beautiful buildings and great restaurants. It feels like a small cozy town in the middle of downtown toronto. It has beautiful parks and anything you can ask for. Old large picturesque Tree lined streets filled with beautiful victorian homes fully restored, feels like you stepped back in time. Some wonderful restaurants of many cuisines, Dova, F'amelia, L'avenue, house on Parliament, kibo sushi, butterchicken factory to name a few. Anything you can think of within walking distance. The parks and Riverdale farm are excellent places to enjoy with kids and family. Highly recommend
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Sheila T
    New England39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time and see what Toronto looked like in the early days
    I love visiting Cabbagetown. I come several times a year and it is beautiful in any season. From the quaint shops on Parliament & Carlton Streets, to the parks, Riverdale Farm, the Necropolis and some excellent restaurants — there is a lot to see and do. It’s very walkable and the houses are beautiful. You will notice plaques telling the stories of the famous residents or history of a building. Fun to explore the streets and see the examples of Edwardian & Victorian architecture.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 14, 2023
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lgbeattyy
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Was there for the Cabbagetown Festival which was fantastic! So many vendors of food and other interesting things. The main street was closed and turned into a festive pedestrian mall, where the different restaurants on the street set up dining areas. And great, free music of all kinds was everywhere. Off of the main street there are many well-preserved Victorian homes and an urban farm with heritage breeds of animals, free admission. There's a beautiful old graveyard near the farm, one of the oldest in Canada. Enjoyed all the little laneways and plaques that honour famous people who lived in the houses. So walkable, but easy access to downtown Toronto by public transit.
Written September 22, 2023
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Braydom P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Cabbagetown is the best neighbourhood in toronto!! One of the largest collections of preserved Victorian homes in North America. It has many great restaurants and shops including House on Parliament, Dova, F’amelia, Jet Fuel Coffee, Salt and Tobacco, Le conci, L’avenue, Good Gang Ice Cream, and Blondies Pizza to name a few. Recommend walking the streets of beautiful homes, or visiting Riverdale Farm and parks!
Written September 22, 2023
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Brett H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Cabbagetown is a fun mix of restored Victorian homes, cool shops, great restaurants, nice parks, and colourful events. Summer Tuesdays see a farmers’ market in Riverdale Park and the September heralds the return of the Cabbagetown Festival street fair and a tour of historic homes. No other quarter in Toronto combines a walkable neighbourhood of leafy streets with such close proximity to downtown offices, the major hospitals, universities and colleges, cultural venues, and key shopping. Get everywhere on bike share or the neighbourhood’s streetcar lines.
Written September 20, 2023
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@Adventure_Capitalist_ (on IG)
Toronto, Canada299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Cabbagetown is a charming and historic oasis nestled in downtown Toronto. It really is a unique neighbourhood within the city. If you are looking for a break from the bustle during your visit to Toronto, venture over to Cabbagetown for a stroll. You will see many Victorian era homes (1880s) that have been lovingly restored to glory. And if you stroll through the neighbourhood at just the right hour - you will be able to see how well-decorated some of these homes have been by the families that live there.

Continue on your walk down to the end of Carlton, and you will see a park and a dog park just a little further and down the hill. You may also hear cows moo-ing, or goats bleating as there is a small farm maintained by the city. Local residents love it, and people travel from all over the city to bring their kids to the farm.

Another Cabbagetown institution is the cafe located on Parliament, just north of Carlton St called Jet Fuel. I recommend you venture in there, grab a coffee, then armed with your java take a walk around Cabbagetown to admire the architecture and gardens.

Cabbagetown really is a historic part of the city and a place with plenty of charm. It is worth a visit!

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Written December 3, 2014
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denisf255
Toronto, Canada1,262 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012
Some nice homes in the area. Parliament Street is not attractive and don't expect to find any cabbages, maybe at No Frills. Waste of time plus the area looks seedy
Written June 5, 2013
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BoardingPass26472
Charlottetown, PEI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great community in the heart of Toronto. Lots of fabulous resturants, the arts abound with dance theatres and don't miss the Cabbagetown Festival first weekend in September. A slew of B&B's to choose from as well a lot in victorian homes.
Written October 19, 2002
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Edward B
Brisbane Region, Australia52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Well I tell you What, I have not been bored during my stay. Since being in the area I have witnessed multiple drug deals, been offered stolen merchandise and been harassed by more homeless meth heads then I thought possible. Despite all that it can be nice, but some cleaning up needs doing.
Written June 21, 2018
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brianwickens407
Whitby, Ontario, Canada254 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
Cabbage town is internationally recognized as one of the country's (if not North Americans and the worlds) largest remaining enclaves or neigthbourhoods of original period Victorian residences.

Yes, numerous blocks and several streets an alleys of these now million dollar Victorian homes still remain, but you do have to search for them and search for the authentic streets and block where they are located. Unfortunately the area surrounding the access to the enclave and access to the Riverdale Park and Zoo: from east and south of Wellesley Street East then running south along Parliament Street, then down to Carlton Street is now made up of a very strong mix of multicultural low end stores, businesses, restaurants as well as sandwiched between two of Toronto's largest low income housing areas. So many people - tourists and residents alike may be detoured from finding and then exploring the secluded high end Victorian enclave.

But if your explore and search your time and effort can be well rewarded.

The residential / Victorian Cabbage town can prove to be beautiful - quiet, picturesque, tree lined....well worth a leisurely stroll - coffee in one hand, dog to walk in the other. BE sure to explore far enough into the neighbourhood so that you discover the Riverdale Park / Zoo which is located on the far east side of the Cabbagetown district. A beautiful quiet park, great to sitting back, dog walking, and people watching. The 100+ year old Riverdale Zoo / Farm is a wonderful respite within the central core of this international city. A great place to explore with children.

Depending on the time of year, be sure to investigate any possible schedule of events to see what events, neighbourhood and cultural activities may be taking place in the area. In certain times of the year there are wonderful full neighbourhood yard sales, cultural events, arts and crafts shows, historic walks, and many more.

Yes, faded glory from what the neighbourhood used to be, and yes the international world is encroaching, but if you can find the central old Victorian area and the Park....you will have a wonderful, relaxing time.

Enjoy.
Written July 10, 2015
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Robert H
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012
Cabbagetown was named for the cabbages grown in the front yards of the working families who lived there. It started out as cheap residences for the working class people who supported the big homes on Jarvis Street. And 40 years ago, it was basically a slum. No more.
The towering trees of Cabbagetown umbrella streets of homes 99% of which have been renovated or restored. The houses range from the demi-mansions on Carlton St. to the tiny semis on Sackville Place. The neighbourhood is excellent for walking and absorbing how the neighbours are upgrading constantly. Originally built to house the workers who serviced the Jarvis Street palaces, it is now populated by singles and couples. And lots of gays. Hence the high style. (What a stereotype.) Forty years ago one could have snapped up anything in the neighbourhood for a song. No longer. Million dollar residences are sprinkled throughout the area. And a word on the area--the true Cabbagetown is EAST of Parliament. Whateveris west need a name to themselves. I like Cabbagetown but I wonder why there aren't more (any) high-end restaurants.
Written January 25, 2013
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are traveling to Toronto, you owe it to yourself to make a visit to Cabbagetown. Cabbagetown is a fabulous little community in the heart of the city of Toronto. Take a self-guided tour and see the beautiful turn of the century homes, most emaculately restores. Cabbagetown also has a turn of the century farm, fully functioning with activities and demonstrations year round and it's FREE, great for the kids.
There are also a lot of restaurants with food as varied as Mexican, Indian, New Zealand and many more.
Written February 12, 2002
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