Chocolate maker Guido Castagna’s factory outside Turin smells like freshly baked chocolate cake, roasted hazelnuts, and the chocolatey equivalent of a warm hug. Castagna and Milan’s Pia Rivera are two of Northern Italy’s most internationally awarded, technically skilled, and flavour-forward chocolate masters.

The Italian town of Assisi now houses a beautifully designed retail space for A. Gallo, the luxury paint brand known for combining rich raw pigments with honey, rosemary, and gum arabic to create environmentally friendly watercolour paints. And while the paints are clearly the star of the show, the new showroom’s design also vies for attention.

From the outside, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s newly expanded and renovated 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa looks like a quaint Victorian hotel. Step inside, however, and the former blacksmith’s shop has been transformed into a cool grey-blue reception area with light-oak floors that lead to the newly expanded 72-room hotel. In a town where most of the hotels are a little dusty and faded, 124 on Queen stands out for its clean, modern feel.

Afternoon tea at the recently reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto in the city’s Yorkville neighbourhood is anything but a floral-wallpaper, lavender-scented, draped-in-Victorian-lace experience.

After recent renovation, The Royal Hotel is now reopened to guests. It has 28 guest rooms in the main building and five studio-style rooms in the Royal Annex, once a stable and now a chic Scandinavian-inspired space designed to help city-weary visitors decompress.

Step into the brick-and-beam historic building with its sleek, central bar, black industrial-looking exposed pipes, and sky-high windows—and you’d swear you were in London or Paris.

A pop-up dining experience including geodesic domes and a kaleidoscopic light show lands in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and San Diego.

The Drake Hotel is considered by most Torontonians to be iconic, and it is successful because it hasn’t strayed from its core mission.

A colourful roster of carts, selling everything from churros to fresh flowers, will grace the square daily to ensure that there’s something for everyone—whether you’re staying to watch live cultural performances, or simply picking up goodies to take home.

In late 2015, a virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was detected on a farm in the southwest of France—the heart of the foie gras industry. As a result, the French government has temporarily halted foie gras production, and Canadian farms are now in the spotlight.

It sounds like the set up to a well-worn joke, but what you get when a Spanish soldier, a colonial cook, and pirate walk into a bar, is pretty much every day fare in the historic town of St. Augustine, Florida.