The main intersection of Toronto’s Cabbagetown is Parliament and Carlton and the history of this unique neighbhourhood dates back to the 19th century. Back then many Irish immigrant families were growing vegetables on their front lawns, specifically lots of cabbages. They were escaping the potato famine back home and cabbages were growing everywhere in order to put food on the table. Many of the homes in this area were built in the late 19th century, but this working-class community took a big hit during the 1930s Depression, especially in the Gerrard Street area. But then in the late 1970s and 1980s, new homebuyers arrived and these old Victorian homes were restored and revitalized. These days, Parliament Street is thriving and you can find an assortment of delicious restaurants like Italian, Mexican, South Asian and Thai, as well as cafes and bars. Enjoy a coffee at 519 Parliament at Jet Fuel Coffee, a Toronto landmark and the perfect place to refuel before walking the old city streets. Or rent a bike at the bike sharing station right outside the restaurant.