At the heart of Amsterdam remains an area sheltered from the hustle of the city's thriving tourist industry. A stone's throw from Dam Square, 'De Negen Straatjes', or 'The Nine Streets', can be found connecting the 17th century canals together. Flo Mills Lyle visits some of the unique shops and restaurants that embody this cultural hub's charm.
By Flo Mills Lyle
Organic clothes, fair-trade products and vegan shoes - all for sale in a German shopping gem: DearGoods. Surprisingly, its roots aren't in Berlin, but in Munich, often considered Germany's southern capital of roast, luxury fashion and conservative lifestyle.
By Lara Wiedeking
As 2012 comes to an end, we pick our favourite Best Kept Secrets of the year.
By Irene Kim
Conceived in Ubud, Bali, Vitaly Design is a Toronto-based jewellery brand that has accumulated a cult following in just over a year. Founder and designer, Shane Vitaly Foran, and his business partner, Jason Readman, tell The Genteel about their journey thus far and where they see Vitaly in the future.
By Justine Iaboni
An innovative boutique-café in downtown Dublin, Tamp & Stitch seamlessly unites coffee and fashion. Since opening last May, the owners have worked to create a new destination for Dubliners by offering quality coffee and unique, affordable fashion brands in a neighbourhood that typically attracts tourists.
By Briana Palma
Rammed with flagship stores and designer studios, Istanbul continues to grow into a top destination for fashion-minded travelers. But while the city's Nisantasi district has traditionally been the fashionable place to be, Galata is emerging as a mecca of eclectic shops with one particular retailer leading the way.
By Anna Lee Boschetto