Roncesvalles Village – Affectionally known by locals as “Roncy.” This established and vibrant neighbourhood has been for years and continues to be, one of the most desirable places to live in Toronto, especially for those who want a combination of family, community, amenities and a little bit of a funky vibe. Originally a predominantly polish area, now transformed into a mixture of cultures and home styles, offering everything for everyone. A bustling community brimming with young families, so expect to be sharing the sidewalks with a ton of strollers!
One of our favourite things about Roncy is the location, perfectly located between the lake and High Park, minutes to loads of green space and outdoor activities. The main shopping strip of Roncesvalles Ave has everything you need to shop local and not feel the need to ever visit a big box store again! From old school butchers to coffee shops, toy stores, fruit markets, great restaurants and more – this strip has it all.
Check out some of our favourite spots below!
Where To Play:
There are tons of options in Roncy when looking for an activity to fill your downtime. Start with a neighbourhood walk up to Sorauren park where you are bound to see someone you know for a quick chat or a game of frisbee in the field. If curated kids activities are more your thing, then you must check out ‘Nest & Hatch’ or the ‘Artful Child’ for lots of indoor fun. Looking for a more serene outdoor experience? Head west to High Park and follow Colborne Lodge down to the lakeshore where you can almost forget you are in the city!
Where To Shop:
Shop local is the way to go in Roncesvalles, with an array of unique shops, you can find everything you need in just a few blocks. Start at Coal Miners Daughter or Frock for some on-trend clothing pieces. Eco-tique or Scout have some great options for gifts. At Home Smith and Cookery, you will find everything you need to spruce up your home and grab that perfect kitchen addition. Maple produce has the best seasonal fruits and veggies and at the best prices. Check out the Meat Department for some curated steaks and De La Mer for fresh seafood. Top it all off with some delicious baked goods from Mabels or Fantail.
Where To Eat:
If you are craving something delicious to eat, Roncy has you covered with an extra long list of casual and fancy options. AM Bagel is top-notch for a sandwich or morning bagel on the go. A neighbourhood staple is the famous, Barque Smokehouse offering killer BBQ (also great for take-out) and for a lighter option, head to Kami Sushi and The Goods, where you will have the best salad ever. And of course you can’t go to Roncy without experiencing some authentic polish food at Polonez. Too many options to list…
Where To Get Your Roncy Coffee Fix:
If there is one thing Roncy loves, its coffee and you will often see many locals walking the strip after school drop off or in the way to work with a cup of joe in hand. There is no shortage of good neighbourhood coffee shops to get your fix. Cherry Bomb is a local staple and possibly the most famous, with croissants to die for. Extra butter has delicious coffee and homemade donuts. Fantail has incredible breakfast options and fresh bread to go. Lit does a mean mocha and Reunion Island the go to for an iced latte in the summer and a flat white in the winter. (More on Roncesvalles offee shops)
Thinking about moving to Roncy? We know the local market—and what life in the area is really like. If you’re looking to learn more about what’s available in the neighbourhood, get in touch!