What To Do in Toronto's Roncesvalles

What to eat, see and do in this Toronto neighbourhood 

Photo by Reynard Li

Nestled west of downtown, Roncesvalles is at the heart of Toronto’s Polish community. Stroll through the neighbourhood for a mix of old-world charm and new-school cool.

Watch In an era of megaplexes, the 103-year-old Revue Cinema stands out not just for its historic facade, but for its eclectic programming. Not-for-profit since 2007, the theatre’s programs include regular screenings of silent films with live piano accompaniment, and a classic film series showing cartoons, newsreels and trailers. 

Shop Independent boutique Scout sources giftable products that are primarily handmade by Canadian designers, including clothing, accessories and delightful letterpress cards. 

Browse One of you likes to read, the other prefers LPs; you’ll both be happy at She Said Boom!, a part music store, part bookstore that sells new and used CDs and vinyl and used books across a range of genres. 

Stock Up Creative, house-made preserves (think black walnuts and honey or pear and roasted garlic) take centre stage at Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry and make the perfect edible souvenirs. Fresh bread, local cheese and charcuterie round out the shop’s offerings.

Eat & Drink For the finest in stick-to-your-ribs Polish cuisine, head to Café Polonez, a family-run neighbourhood mainstay for more than 30 years. Order a Polish beer to go with your perogies, cabbage rolls or beetroot soup, all available with meat or as vegetarian options. 

Listen Known as one of the country’s top venues for folk, blues and jazz, Hugh’s Room hosts evening and matinee shows open to all ages. Book ahead if you can; dinner reservations guarantee you a table in the intimate space for the whole evening. 

Getting There: WestJet flies to Toronto 88 times a day from 18 Canadian, 10 U.S. and 24 international cities.