Casually hip with a warm, creative vibe, Roncesvalles Village (Roncey to locals) is a vibrant neighbourhood filled with lovely century homes, quirky shops and great restaurants. The area has historically been home to Toronto’s Polish community, and still features wonderfully fragrant delis filled with European treats, Polish bookstores and businesses, and the annual Roncesvalles Village Polish Festival, the largest in North America.
Roncesvalles Avenue is the main drag in this appealing urban village, and it’s a great place to just wander around and explore. Small bookstores, intimate coffeehouses and great boutiques line both sides of the street – most are independently owned, and the complete absence of chain stores means you can find memorable meals, fashions by local designers, handcrafted items and unique experiences.
And though it’s a little removed from downtown, it’s close to everything you need. Streetcars on newly refurbished tracks go right past your door to Dundas West subway. Tree-lined side streets with immaculate family homes lead to High Park, Toronto’s favourite outdoor destination. Trendy Parkdale and the waterfront are both just a short walk away.
It’s down-to-earth yet sophisticated. Historic yet hip. Roncey is the perfect balance of big city and small town – and it really is the perfect neighbourhood to call home.