As Jigsaw expands worldwide, four store managers provide an insider’s guide to their neighbourhood, from sourcing the finest local banana bread to discovering the best local hangouts
The California city has always attracted creators, inventors, artists and activists … anyone and everyone who wants to make an impact, which is why living here is so spectacular. Each person has a voice and the community gives them the platform to be heard.
Our Jigsaw shop is perched almost at the top of Pacific Heights in the Fillmore, an area of San Fran deeply committed to music and the arts. We grab fresh banana bread from the bakery next door and walk up four blocks to Pacific Street for one of the most beautiful views of the bay. You can watch the sailboats travel from Golden Gate to Bay Bridge or see the fog roll in and out of the marina.
Jigsaw, 2121 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Anything is possible in this city – it’s a true snapshot of Australia’s diverse residents and culture. There’s always a new coffee stand to try or pop-up gallery to admire. Only the other day I discovered a great little café called Little Rogue hidden down Drewery Lane … you never know what you’ll end up having for lunch.
Jigsaw, Shop 2-034 Emporium Melbourne, 295 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Spitalfields is one of the oldest indoor markets in London. It’s a creative hangout for the younger generation as well as a playground for employees of the finance sector. On Thursdays, traders from around London come here to sell and trade antiques. My favourite thing about this part of the city is its rich history. There’s always something new to find down winding alleyways or in public galleries. Plus, the people are some of the most eccentric I’ve met.
Jigsaw, 11 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London
What I like about Amsterdam is that you can dress however you like. It’s a free city and people respect you the way you are. Plus, there’s always something going on, from pillow fights on the Dam to boating on the canals. My favorite place is De TonTon Club, an old school hall where people play games like Jenga and pinball. It’s like going back to the late 1980s. Old-school hip-hop music plays while locals sit round big tables and talk to each other. There’s nowhere else quite like it.
Jigsaw, De Bijenkorf, Dam 1, Amsterdam
Interviews by Kate Goudsmit