Palmerston, Little Italy
The neighbourhood of Palmerston, Little Italy occupies a west downtown area bounded by Dovercourt Road and Bathurst Street to the west and east and Bloor and College streets to the north and south.
Italians arrived in Toronto in large numbers during the early 20th century. Italians first settled in an area then known as The Ward, centred on University Avenue and College Street. By the 1920s, most Italians had moved west of Bathurst Street and the College-Clinton area had emerged as the city's major Little Italy. The affordable Edwardian homes that line the side streets of this neighbourhood were bought by Italian immigrants, many of whom found work on the railways and in road construction. Italians started businesses on and around College Street.
The College Street portion of the neighbourhood includes a large portion of Toronto’s Little Italy, where the city’s Italian community settled. It features a number of Italian bars and restaurants. Bloor Street, east of Grace Street, meanwhile, is home to Toronto’s Koreatown, while the remainder of the community boasts an eclectic mix.
The Little Italy neighbourhood is about as close as you can get to downtown living while maintaining the neighbourhood feel. This neighbourhood is great for families or seniors, and fun for young professionals who enjoy the excitement of living downtown. You definitely get the urban feel in this neighbourhood, similar to Little Portugal. Every year thousands of people enjoy street festivals, such as, Taste of Little Italy.
There are so many great Toronto streets nearby, including College, Queen, Harbord, Dundas, Ossington, and Bathurst, and the residential side streets are lined with the beautiful Little Italy real estate.