Cabbagetown: A small town in the centre of Toronto

Cabbagetown: A small town in the centre of Toronto in Travel Tuesday

Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood, recognized as "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America", has a surprisingly small-town feel despite being located walking distance from the bustling Financial District. So it’s no surprise that it is home to many long-standing small businesses that are beloved by its residents and visitors.

Daniel et Daniel, located on the corner of Carlton and Parliament, is primarily a gourmet caterer, but their storefront sells some of Toronto’s best croissants. Aside from classics like butter, chocolate and almond, you can sample offerings like apple raisin, raspberry, or my favourite – apricot.

For more filling fare, try House on Parliament, one of the best gastropubs in Toronto. They serve a mean brunch on weekends and are a great spot for lunch, dinner or just a pint on the patio. I highly recommend their wild boar, pheasant and cognac scotch eggs, or the southern fried buttermilk chicken sandwich.

If you’re like me when you travel, you’ll have probably worn holes into your most comfortable shoes from all the walking you’ve been doing. Luckily, Cabbagetown is home to Jose Shoe Repair on Carlton and Ontario. With over 30 years of experience, Jose is a true master of his craft. As a personal testimonial, I took a pair of boots to him that three other cobblers had told me were unfixable. Jose returned them to me in better condition than when I bought them, at an incredibly reasonable cost.

Whether you’re visiting Toronto, or just exploring new neighbourhoods, Cabbagetown is well-worth a visit.


Milena Stanoeva has worked for CFIB as media relations specialist for just over a year. She is coming up on her fifth year in Toronto, having grown up in Ottawa. Her hobbies include fitness, reading, cultivating an apartment herb garden and raising a cat.