Jigsaw Neighbourhood: Edinburgh with Sarah Ferguson

Set in a converted bank on Edinburgh’s prestigious George Street, our Jigsaw store was first opened in 1998. With plush velvet armchairs, cosy fireplaces and evergreen plants, the store remains one of our largest, most ornately adorned spaces. Exploring her home city, we chat to lifestyle & fashion blogger Sarah Ferguson.

Sarah Ferguson

What do you love the most about Edinburgh?

I love Edinburgh for so many reasons; it was always such a treat to visit when I was younger. I remember going into M&S with my Granny whenever my birthday was approaching. We would pick an outfit, and then go for scones in John Lewis. When I was a teenager, my friend and I would save up all our waitressing money, and then get a bus into the city at the crack of dawn for a full day of shopping. We felt super grown up!

The architecture and nightlife has always been an absolute favourite of mine too. I would go to gigs in the best hidden bars and pubs when I was at university, and I’ve had some of my best nights out here since. So, I guess I love Edinburgh because it’s always been there; it’s like a reliable pal that will always cheer you up and help you have a good time.

Sarah Ferguson

Best place for a coffee pit stop?

I’ve recently discovered Door 127 which popped up underneath the Eden Locke hotel on George Street. The space is so open and full of natural light! The coffee is to die for and they serve some amazing pistachio buns! It’s also the place to be for a wee photoshoot too; the aesthetic is gorgeous.

For pre-dinner drinks?

Tiger Lilly, also on George Street, is decorated with some stunning cherry blossoms all over the bar and interior. It’s definitely the place to go with the girls for a cocktail. 

Favourite lunch spot?

Every weekend down in Leith is the Pit Street food market which houses the best local vendors producing some world class food and drink. You could spend all day there, eating your way through everything on offer.

For a little culture?

You will not struggle to find culture in Edinburgh. If it's history you’re after, the castle and Old Town is where you need to be. But if you like art, then the Scottish National Galleries are stunning and well worth a visit. During August, Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe comes to town for the entire month and that is jam-packed full of culture! Theatre performances, singing, dancing, comedy; the list is endless.

Jigsaw Neighbourhood: Edinburgh
Edingburgh in bloom
Jigsaw Neighbourhood: Edinburgh

Your most visited?

As a family, we love to visit the Stockbridge market, a place with great local vendors and a wonderful atmosphere every Sunday morning. I like food - you’ll see a theme here...

Can you tell us a fun fact or hidden secret about Edinburgh?

My favourite fun fact about Edinburgh is that the zoo houses a penguin that has actually been knighted! The penguin was given a knighthood in 2008 and is now known as the Colonel-in-Chief and mascot of the Norwegian National Guard. You must refer to him as Sir Nils Olav and whenever the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is back in Edinburgh (another event to definitely check out) the Norwegian Guardsmen always go up to visit him. Cute, huh?

Describe a perfect day in Edinburgh.

The perfect day would be a train into the city, a coffee stop at Door 127 (and perhaps a cheeky cinnamon bun). Then some shopping along George Street and Princes Street, and if vintage is your bag, the charity shops around Stockbridge and Morningside are goldmines! A light lunch at one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems serving up Mexican street food, El Cartel, followed by a walk through Princes Street Gardens, where everyone heads in the sunshine! The perfect day would be topped off with drinks, and a bit of a party at Lady Libertine.

Sarah Ferguson

You can find Sarah on Instagram and over on her blog

Photography by Adele Russell.

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