Cabbagetown was the first neighbourhood in Toronto to really catch the gentrification bug, going from a largely rundown area to one... more » where it is rare to find an unrenovated home. In fact, according to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association it is the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian homes in North America. The streets are lined with stately brick row houses fronted by immaculate urban gardens. Homes range in size from cute little workers' cottages, to 3 storey family homes, to a handful of mansions on Carlton Street.
Parliament Street to the west is the neighbourhood's main commercial street, with a wide assortment of cafés and restaurants, food shops, galleries, and other services. From around Amelia Street north to Wellesley Street there are many shops catering to a nearby Sri Lankan community.
Cabbagetown is bounded on the north and east by greenery. St. James Cemetery, one of the city's oldest, lies to the north (not included in this tour). On the east side are Necropolis Cemetery and Riverdale Park. The land drops down into the Don River valley on the eastern edges of both of these green spaces.
The tour begins at the corner of Carlton Street & Parliament Street where the streetcar from the Yonge Street subway line drops you off before it turns & heads south down Parliament. less «