Thursday, September 1, 2011

Parliament & Carlton - A #TransitHubbing Adventure

Ah, Parliament and Carlton, an out-of-the-way Hub if there ever was one! Although hopping on the eastbound streetcar at College Station may not seem like the best of choices, once you arrive at this Cabbagetown Hub a few minutes later, you'll have no regrets! Located on a beautiful strip featuring trendy shops and a variety of tastes, this Hub with the "small town" feeling is definitely worth the trip - an excellent #TransitHubbing Adventure!

To get to the Parliament and Carlton Hub, take the College Streetcar eastbound from either Queen's Park Station or College Station.

That in mind, we found ourselves at the Parliament and Carlton Hub on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Toronto. What first surprised us was the array of brightly-coloured buildings, from deep purple to bright baby blue - it was a visual feast. This area is steeped in Toronto history, and one definitely gets the sense that this part of the city is a bit different than the rest. Walking south towards Dundas will take you on a quaint window-shopping excursion, but before we did that, our growling stomachs came a calling, and so we made a bee-line for the cozy neighbourhood House on Parliament Pub... enjoy!

This Hub definitely has that "small town" Toronto feel!

A beautiful example of the street art that is scattered throughout the area :)

Brightly-coloured, unique-looking buildings provide a feast for your eyes

Head south for an interesting window shopping experience!

Although the street is as busy as any other, a sense of calm and relaxation seemed to flow through this Hub

The House on Parliament, a neighbourhood favourite!

This pub features a cozy patio that's perfect for a small group of friends

Even the pub retains a strong tie to Toronto's past...

...and the atmosphere definitely adds to the old-town Toronto feeling!

Of course, it all comes down to trading war stories over a pint... Cheers!

Lots of interesting local brews on tap for you to try

A small dining area on the 2nd floor looks out onto this beautiful part of the city

A double-decker BLT... almost too much for us to handle!

Nothing, however, beats a classic plate of fish and chips

And for you vegetarians out there, there are several good veggie options, like this gut-filling portobello mushroom panini

Why not cap off the late afternoon dinner with coffee and a dessert?

Mmmm... just look at that cake!

We'll have to come back soon for the One Night in Cabbagetown festivities!

And with that, we were off! Good-bye Parliament and Carlton! We'll be back again soon...

Have a #TransitHubbing Adventure of your own that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at and tell us about a Hub that you've visited (or one that you know like the back of your hand). What makes it interesting? What are some relatively-unknown places or things that TransitHubbers should check out? Send us your story, along with your photos, today!

See you on the subway...


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