35 Wabash

Every Monday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm, a tented marketplace pops up in Sorauren Avenue Park, steps away from Zinc Development’s forthcoming 35 Wabash townhome community.

From seafood fished out of Georgian Bay’s waters to fresh blackberries picked in Vineland’s fields, those passing through the market will find local flavours from all across southern Ontario — but that’s not all.

The tree-lined Roncesvalles Village community, bordered by High Park to the west and Parkdale on the east, still wears the markings of the post-war wave of Polish immigrants who set up shop there in the ‘50s. Authentic Polish eats are available at long-running storefronts like Cafe Polonez and Benna’s Bakery & Deli. However, the small businesses that have cropped up and transformed the neighbourhood in recent years are a diverse bunch.

Whether 35 Wabash residents have a taste for Cuban sandwiches and mojitos from La Cubana, shrimp tempura at Sushi Nomi, or anything in between, dishes reflecting cuisines across the world are served up just down the road on Roncesvalles Avenue. There are also lots of stellar options for homegrown cuisine, like Hopgood’s East Coast comfort food and the Westerly’s classic North American dishes.

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When it comes to washing it all down, Parkdale has a retinue of options. So many, in fact, that back in 2012, the City prohibited any more from opening for a one-year period. Food & Liquor, Motel and the Parkdale Drink are just a few of the possibilities.

Other appetites are satisfied in Roncy as well. For instance, Another Story Bookshop, A Good Read and She Said Boom! will appeal to voracious readers, and a host of other boutiques and cafes will ensure there’s always something to do in the ‘hood.

Architecturally, the four-storey development maintains the low-key character of the Roncesvalles area; a brick facade matches up with the detached homes that dot the community, and the greenery-topped roof reflects the leafy branches that reach out across the quiet side streets.

The 35 Wabash presentation centre is coming soon to 173 Roncesvalles Ave. In the meantime, you can register here.

To find out more about 35 Wabash, visit 35wabash.com.

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