Roncesvalles Avenue runs north/south and creates the centre core, main shopping district and pedestrian area for the neighbourhood. The area runs from Parkside Drive to the west, Lansdowne to the east, Bloor Street to the north and The Queensway/Queen Street to the south.
Types of Homes in Roncesvalles:
The style of homes in the area varies, with the majority of the neighbourhood having been established in the early 1900’s. There is a mix of large 2.5 storey detached homes, semis and row houses throughout the neighbourhood, as well as a few condo developments that have been built recently. In addition to it’s funky style, laid back vibe and great proximity to downtown, you will find that the neighbours are close, the yards are tiny and parking is a premium.
Hot Spots in Roncesvalles
- Restaurants – Hopgood’s Foodliner, Pizzeria Defina, The Westerly, Barque Smokehouse, The Ace, Domani, La Cubana, Cardinal Rule, Mitzi’s Cafe
- Bars – The Inter Steer, The Local, The Roncy Public, Loons, The Dizzy, The Workshop by Latitude
- Coffee Shops – Lit, Extra Butter, Cherry Bomb
- Worth Mentioning – Ed’s Real Scoop (ice cream), The Rude Boy (burgers), Grateful Head (hair salon), The Chocolateria (chocolate & ice cream)
- Stores – Frock, Fresh Collective, Imelda, Macklem’s, Planet Kid
Transportation in Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles is serviced by the Keele and Dundas West subway stations, the 501, 504, 505, 506 and 508 street cars, as well as the Queensway bus, which provides service along Parkside Drive from Keele station. There is also easy access to Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway.
Schools in Roncesvalles
- Garden Avenue Junior P.S. (JK-6)
- Fern Avenue P.S. (JK-8) (french immersion)
- Howard Junior P.S. (JK-6) (french immersion)
- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School (JK-8)
- Parkdale Collegiate (9-12) (International Baccalaureate Programme)
Hospitals in Roncesvalles
Recreation in Roncesvalles
- High Park
- Sorauren Avenue Park
- Sunnyside Beach Park
- Martin Goodman Trail
- High Park Club (curling & tennis)
- The Boulevard Club
Culture in Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles is known as the centre of the Polish community in Toronto. A number of Polish restaurants, delicatessens and shops still exist along the Roncesvalles or ‘Roncy’ strip and every September, the culture is celebrated with the Roncesvalles Polish Festival. Recent gentrification has also seen the influx of a number of great trendy bars, restaurants, coffee shops and stores.