Roncesvalles is a small and quaint neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto that roughly extends from Bloor Street in the north to Queen Street West in the south and from High Park in the west to Lansdowne Avenue in the east.
Rocensvalles is known as the center for Toronto’s Polish Community and it is a very charming neighbourhood where old meets new. Although it is primarily a residential area, many Torontonians love to shop and stroll along the very busy Roncesvalles Avenue. Roncesvalles Avenue is the main commercial avenue of this neighbourhood and it is full of vintage shops, small restaurants, specialty cafes and great Polish delis and bakeries. In 1986, the Business Improvement Area (BIA) was founded here and every fall, the BIA hosts its annual Roncesvalles Village Polish Festival here. This festival attracts many Torontonians and tourists every year and it is a celebration full of Polish music, Polish dancing, food from all the local restaurants and many different family activities including rides and face painting.
Many young Torontonians are also attracted to the Roncesvalles area because of its many trendy bars, restaurants, live music venues and its popular repertory movie theatre, Revue Cinema. There is also an annual ‘Roncy Rocks’ festival here, which primarily showcases local musical and artistic talent. Many young families have also taken up residency here over the past two decades due to its close proximity to High Park as well as its easy access to public transit and the downtown core.