Situated beneath the Junction and east of Runnymede-Bloor West Village, High Park North is the primarily residential area above High Park itself. It is bordered by Bloor St on the south, Runnymede Rd in the west and railway tracks in the east, and covers up to Annette St and Humberside Ave in the north. The area is filled with mature greenery that lines the streets of early 20th century townhouses, mixed with apartment buildings that sprung up with the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The area also contains a couple of green spaces if you don’t want to make the short jaunt south to arguably the city’s best offering. The area is served well by the TTC via High Park, Dundas West and Keele subway stations, with buses running north-south from each
Built in 1930, the outside of the heritage building that houses The Runnymede Branch of the Toronto Public Library is worth appreciating before you head inside. A regular program of activities make this place a community hotspot hosting everything from movie night to Polish Book Club, puppet shows and comic book workshops.
Runnymede Branch, Toronto Public Library, 2178 Bloor St W
In addition to High Park just south of this neighbourhood, there are a couple of smaller green spots for exploring, including Kennedy-Margdon Parkette and Ravine Gardens Park.
Kennedy-Margdon Parkette, 40 Margdon Rd
Ravine Gardens Park, 290 Clendenan Ave
Lining Bloor St are abundant fast food, sandwich shops and pubs, but a real neighbourhood gems is the raw, vegan health chain, Rawlicious. Offering up smoothies, drinks and even raw vegan takes on classic meals like cannelloni, it is popular for its fresh healthy food. There’s also Outpost Coffee, equally popular with locals, which roasts its own beans and hosts live music on site.
Rawlicious, 2122 Bloor St W, rawlicious.ca
Outpost Coffee, 1578 Bloor St W, outpostcoffee.com