Neighbourhood: Roncesvalles Village

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Location: Roncesvalles Avenue between King Street and Dundas Street West. Transit: Dundas West subway station.

A walk through Roncesvalles Village – or “Roncy” to its friends – will capture your heart, and stomach, with its small-town European charm. The area is home to many family-owned cafes and shops and as you explore the different boutiques, you may find yourself drawn in by the irresistible aromas that waft out of the local bakeries.

This neighbourhood (formerly known as Little Poland) should definitely be on your itinerary if you have an appetite for Eastern European delicacies such as hand-made perogies, juicy sausages, sauerkraut, cabbage rolls and traditional soups. One of these hearty meals will sustain you for a full day of exploring, or help you recharge. The indie cafes that dot the neighbourhood will appeal to those who like to linger over a coffee and watch the street life.

In September, the area hosts the annual Roncesvalles Polish festival, when the main street is closed off to make room for dancers, games, rides, food and thousands of people. There are plenty of activities for children and adults and delicious treats to go around.