Toronto
You can discover Toronto’s grittier side through its graffiti, most notably in Graffiti Alley just south of Queen West, though you’ll find glimpses of incredible street art scattered throughout the city. Canadian personality Rick Mercer (the equivalent of John Stewart) conducts his famous rants in Graffiti Alley for the Rick Mercer Report. Food enthusiasts will love regular events like the Toronto Underground Market (TUM), a chance for lesser-known chefs to sell their tasty goods at the Evergreen Brick Works. TUM’s biggest success is now the popular Mexican restaurant La Carnita, which throws a big birthday bash—complete with art battles and delicious eats—every July at the Brick Works.