This otherwise quaint village hinges on happening Roncesvalles Avenue—specifically, a 1.5-kilometre stretch of beckoning cafés and bakeries, trendy restaurants and independent shops. Though the neighbourhood is known as the city’s Polish-community hub, its friendly streets include folks of all backgrounds: seniors and young families; artists, musicians and all creative types. What’s common throughout is the shared vitality, and an interest in preserving the area’s heritage, including prized venues such as the Revue Cinema, one of Canada’s first movie houses. Along with the Dundas West subway station, no fewer than five streetcar routes serve the community. And, with High Park to the west and Lake Ontario to the south, escape is always an option.