Cabbagetown is one of Toronto’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, known for its well restored Victorian homes and thriving community culture. This neighbourhood is constantly buzzing with people visiting one of the popular coffee shops or small local shops.



Cabbagetown was first known as the village of Don Vale. Before the 1850’s, this neighbourhood consisted of farmland, cottages, and vegetable plots. This neighbourhood was once known as the poorest areas in Toronto, with thousands of Irish working-class immigrants settling into the area and it is said that they grew cabbage on their front lawn to feed their families, inspiring the current neighbourhood name.Brick Victorian style homes were built throughout Cabbagetown in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the late 19th century, this area was finally absorbed into the City of Toronto. Cabbagetown was revitalized in the 1970s and 1980s and the community began to see the collection of brick, Victorian homes carefully restored and preserved.



Cabbagetown is less than 10 minutes away from Toronto’s downtown core, and five minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway, making commuting a breeze from this neighbourhood. This neighbourhood is filled with community support, where the businesses reflect that. The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre focuses on specialized programming for youth to pursue a future in arts and music. Through one on one lessons, group classes, and summer programs, they allow children to find their creative spark. The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is located in this historic neighbourhood, and is home to some of the most talented young dancers in the city. You can see stunning performances by this group at various community events, including the annual Cabbagetown Fall Festival.



Dining in Cabbagetown is always a special time, with a plethora of options available for you to enjoy. Hey Lucy offers a casual and trendy vibe boasting one of the best patios in the city come summer. With wine and martini specials, this is a great spot to enjoy a drink with friends or a post-work meal. House on Parliament is one of the best gastropubs in the city, with classic English meals highlighting the menu. They boast a front and rooftop patio for the best summer outing possible. One of the best things to do in Cabbagetown is a visit to Riverdale Park. This massive green space is a unique spot in the ncity for four-season fun. Whether you want to have a picnic in the summer or tobogganing in the winter, Riverdale Park is one of the best spots in the city to enjoy the outdoors.



The sense of community in Cabbagetown is enhanced by the Cabbagetown Fall Festival that runs for an entire weekend every September and features a mini marathon, historical walking tours and a community-wide yard sale. Cabbagetown is an eclectic community, home to renowned artists, musicians, journalists and writers, as well as to those who work in the nearby financial district. There’s no shortage of community festivals and events for a chance to come together and socialize.


To see a glimpse of this beautiful neighbourhood, check our our Neighbourhood feature video of Cabbagetown:


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