Why we like it.
This is our home turf and our favourite ‘hood of them all. Parliament Street, the main commercial strip, is chock-full of independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The area was originally settled in the late 1840’s, predominantly by Irish immigrants who were so poor that they grew cabbage in their yards for food. The neighbourhood now features the largest collection of restored Victorian homes in the country.
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Great mix of established neighbourhood favourites and exciting new options that have opened in the last year or two.
Tucked just off Parliament St on Amelia St., F’Amelila is one of the absolute best Italian restaurants in Toronto. The rave reviews from multiple publications confirm this over and over. To top it all off they recently opened a fab wine bar in the adjacent building. Don’t forget to make a reservation.
The House On Parliament
This is The Cabbagetown Pub. It’s wildly popular at all times day and night with locals and visitors alike. The four or five daily specials are ALWAYS insanely good. We usually don’t find it necessary to even look at the regular menu.
Salt & Tobacco
High quality pizza in a very cool space. Great menu with interesting options, including a Brussels Sprout pizza with gorgonzola and maple syrup – no judging until you try it. A few beers on tap and a short but sweet wine list. Eat in, takeout, delivery – all of the things. 521 Parliament Street
An exciting Vancouver based Izakaya import located in the historic Winchester Hotel at Parliament and Winchester. Japanese Tapas!
From Tim Hortons, to Starbucks, to the much more interesting independents. Cabbagetown’s got you covered.
Founded in 1992 this is Toronto’s original indie coffee shop. Great coffee, no menu, edgy staff, loud music and an impressive display of rotating art. Hidden back patio. Love it or hate it, this place has personality.
“Strong Coffee. Delicate Treats.” Their slogan says it all. This small cafe rotates through top-notch roasters and the baked goods are so good words can not possibly do them justice. We’ll try anyway. Best croissants ever.
Gastro Pub with solid food and a great cocktails list. They stock an impressive selection of bourbon and craft beer. Plus there are two patios. Two! Not a bad place to knock back a few.
A thriving Irish Pub on Carlton Street. Best beer selection, both on tap and in bottles in the ‘hood. Pretty much any ‘hood actually.
A number of quality small grocers. Only thing missing is a good supermarket. Sorry No Frills, we’re so over you.
St. Jamestown Steak and Chops
A neigbourhood fixture since 1971. The quality and often local produce is excellent, but it’s the meat that’ll have you coming back again and again. Free-range poultry, Ontario lamb, organic salmon and ridiculously tasty naturally raised beef from PEI. Don’t forget to check out the deli for lunch!
The Epicure Shop
Another 30 plus year Cabbagetown gem. This is the place to go for cheese. Mmmm cheese. Over 100 varieties in fact. From delicious spreads, deli meats and a great antipasto selection Epicure’s got your next wine and cheese covered. Excellent take out sandwiches make for a quick and easy lunch.
Lots of fun and quirky shops have popped up in Cabbagetown in the last couple years. They are a little spread out so you have to know where to look.
An impressive selection of mid-century modern furniture and very cool knickknacks. Most of our office furniture was found here. So ya, we’re big fans.
Labour of Love
Looking for the perfect gift? Start here. Cool stuff and a fun selection of greeting cards.
From glassware, to pillows, to candles – Spruce has you covered. Pick up all odds and ends here.
Cabbagetown is home to one of the best modern dance companies in the country. Then there is the neighbourhood favourite Riverdale Farm – a 3-hectare city operated farm in the heart of the city.
Toronto Dance Theatre
Led by choreographer Christopher House, TDT is one of Canada’s top dance companies. It’s operated out of an old church on Winchster St, complete with performance and rehearsal space, which it shares with the affiliated School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Check out a show. You won’t be disappointed.
Pigs and chickens and cows. Oh my! Formerly the Riverdale Zoo from 1894 to 1974. Now it a historic working farm and popular school trip destination. Great place to go for a stroll. Admission is free.
Pent up frustration? Might be time to hit the gym or alternatively you could tackle your aggression the old fashion way – with your fists of fury.
Parliament Street Fitness
A nice new gym with an excellent selection of machines and weights. Offers personal training, a running club, and various classes. No more excuses.
Cabbagetown Boxing Club
Founded in 1972 as a club focused on working with local youth, the club continues that tradition today. They also offer a variety of programs for all age groups and skill levels. Keep those hands up.
Rating 6.8 – Sprucecourt Junior Public School
Rating 6.1 – Rose Avenue Junior Public School
Rating: 4.7 – Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School
Rating N/A – Winchester Junior and Senior Public School
Rating 5.5 – Jarvis Collegiate Institute