What Makes Roncesvalles Village So Great?

Otherwise known as Toronto’s Polish Village, Roncy (as it’s known by locals) is a charming, quaint, and friendly place to call home in Toronto. There is a true community feel that runs through these streets, to where Roncy often feels like a small village unto itself (while retaining easy access to the rest of Downtown Tornto).

Featuring Lake Ontario, and Sunnyside Beach, to the south, Parkdale and West Queen West only a short walk to the east, and the splendor of High Park to the west, Roncesvalles Village is truly the best of everything in the city.

Types of Homes

The homes you’ll find in Roncy are most often semi-detached or attached, with fully-detached homes a rarity in this low-turnover area. These are well-maintained Victorian and Edwardian homes, with the odd condo or loft building scattered throughout (particularly along Souraren Avenue).

Roncesvalles Village is also home to some truly fabulous lofts, especially along Souraren Avenue (where they are as tucked away and private, as they are architecturally notable). Some of these include Feather Factory Lofts and Robert Watson Lofts.

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You Should See

Roncy is known for being a warm and inviting community, which means that all you need to do is talk a stroll down Roncesvalle Avenue to soak it all in. You’ll find artisanal coffee shops, some of the city’s best restaurants, authentic Polish delis, and plenty of patios! Afterwards, you can take a stroll down by the lake, or even head to High Park for an afternoon picnic – the choice is yours.

Neighbourhood Hotspots

For true locals, one of the can’t-miss spots in Roncy is the Souraren Farmers’ Market. Run by the West End Food Co-op, this market is hosted on Mondays (between 3 – 7 pm) and maintains a well-regarded European feel – thanks to its located on Souraren Park’s charming square (reminiscent of an Italian piazza).

Beyond that, you can grab a cup of Joe at Reunion Island Coffee Bar, fresh-baked bread at Mabel’s Bakery, lunch at La Cubana, or dinner at Barque Smokehouse (which features some of the city’s best ribs).

Getting Around

The 504 streetcar, which goes all the way downtown and even into Toronto’s east end, runs up and down Roncesvalles Avenue. From there, and only a quick jaunt north, you’ll find yourself at Dundas West station – which houses the Toronto subway, bus access north, and even access to both the GO Train or the Union-Pearson Express (for those who have even grander travel ambitions).


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