Bounded by High Park to the west, Bloor Street West to the north, Lake Ontario/Queen Street West to the south and Lansdowne Avenue/rail corridor to the east, Roncesvalles Village (aka ‘Roncy’) was the hub of the Polish community in Toronto. Still undeniably Toronto’s Little Poland, with the Polish-speaking restaurants and delicatessens, it is a diverse and vibrant community, attracting people of all backgrounds. Polish butchers and bakeries thrive among a destination-worthy restaurants, boutiques and indie coffee houses. Mix in popular pubs, second-run flicks at the Revue Cinema and late night burgers and drinks, and you’ve got yourself a neighbourhood that’s no longer one of Toronto’s best kept secrets.
Walking around this neighbourhood, you can see new parents pushing strollers as seniors enjoy a walk to High Park. Artists and musicians bring vitality and creativity to the neighbourhood, helping to sustain historic cultural venues. Tree-lined streets unfold towards a mix of Victorian and Edwardian style houses, including row, semi and detached homes. There is a sense of community in the area, with the chatter of kids and parents sharing stories. With the abundance of green space, libraries, daycares and a community vibe, Roncesvalles Village has the family-friendly appeal many seek out in a neighbourhood.