With the weather beginning to creep towards manageable (recent snowfall to be ignored), there’s more incentive than ever to get out and explore the neighbourhood. We’re very lucky to be located where we are – adjacent to so many wonderful corners of Toronto that are worth checking out.
One such neighbourhood, Cabbagetown, definitely warrants wandering through – with great design stores, tons of culture, and delicious eats – we recommend taking a stroll.
Bordered by Bloor Street, the Don River, Dundas, and Sherbourne – Cabbagetown is steep in Toronto history. First of all – let’s answer the question that has been on everyone’s mind – why cabbage?! Where did Cabbagetown get it’s name from? Once one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Toronto, Irish immigrants settled here after fleeing during the potato famine. These Cabbagetown dwellers often had their vegetable gardens growing right in their front yards, as a means to putting food on the table. And you guessed it – they grew cabbage – thus a neighbourhood nickname was born! It wasn’t until the 1970’s and 80’s that the neighbourhood was recognized for its untouched Victorian homes and became the focus of restoration.
Today Cabbagetown is known for its beautiful Victorian homes, plethora of design stores, and other local treasures. Here’s what to look out for when you visit the neighbourhood:
Cabbagetown has become a haven for dancers citywide. With the Toronto Dance Theatre and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre nearby you can either take a tour or catch a performance. Looking for a fresh air? Take a stroll through the nearby Riverdale Park!
This neighbourhood is home to some great design stores. For unique antiques and vintage finds Spruce is a great option. Unfortunately it’s currently closed for renovations, but they promise they’ll be back soon. Home to both the beautiful designs and the team that makes them, Kendall & Co. is a must for any lovers of design and decor. For special gifts, jewellery, paper goods, and other quirky knick knacks, look no further than Labour Of Love. Always adding new things, it’s worth a visit or two!
Long are the days of cabbage in front gardens for sustenance – Cabbagetown’s cuisine has become a lot more delicious – and fun! If you’re in need of a caffeine fix, then Jet Fuel Coffee will fill that craving. If it’s something sweet you desire – Grinning Face non-dairy gelato is a must. Looking for something more substantial? Start with cocktails and Taiwanese snacks at Kanpai, or a wonderful Italian meal from F’Amelia. With plenty of tasty options to choose from, you won’t go hungry in Cabbagetown.