The lush and idyllic Dempsey cluster offers the ideal break from the hustle and bustle of daily city life. Exploring this sprawling district you’ll find a myriad of options, from tucking into a hearty meal at one of the many restaurants and cafés, to enjoying a browse in a home décor store. Here, then, is our current hot half-dozen places not to be missed on your next visit to Dempsey.
About Dempsey Hill
Located a few minutes from Orchard Road is Dempsey Hill, a picturesque enclave of gourmet grocers, award-winning restaurants, quaint furniture stores, boutiques, art galleries and more. The restaurants and retail offerings of this popular lifestyle hub are housed in beautiful restored colonial pre-war buildings – definitely Instagram-worthy! You can sample local or international cuisine in one of the many restaurants, work off the calories with some retail therapy, or just have a leisurely cuppa and soak in the laidback vibe.
New and noteworthy: Be sure to drop by Pearl Lam Galleries, which has recently opened in Dempsey’s Block 15. Launched in China, it boasts over 20 years of exhibiting stunning contemporary Asian and Western art. Also, enjoy some authentic and wholesome Greek cuisine at Blu Kouzina.
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1: Woody Antique House
Offering a diverse range of Asian furniture and antiques, Woody Antique House sources its products from all over Asia, including China, Tibet, Mongolia, India, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia. The pieces are then carefully restored to reflect the styles and characteristics of their origins, while maintaining functionality and the ability to fit into any modern home. You’ll also find a rustic wood collection, with items made from recycled Elm and Teak as well as Suar Wood. Looking for something for your patio? Explore the range of outdoor furniture, including pieces from Domus Ventures. Pick up a daybed for the poolside, a classic swing chair or a sofa set made from all-weather synthetic wicker.
Also: Shipments arrive weekly and new collections are brought in every year, so there’s always something new to see! The latest collection, from India, features coffee tables, cabinets and more, made from old doors and window frames. You can also have your recycled wood furniture custom-made to your liking.
2: Hedger’s Carpet Gallery
Looking for a new rug for your living space? Drop by Hedger’s Carpet Gallery and pick out one of the fabulous hand-knotted carpets. Boasting a wide selection of colours and sizes, the store’s carpets are sourced directly from longstanding suppliers in Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. With styles and patterns ranging from ethnic geometric motifs to sophisticated intricate florals, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And each carpet comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that specifies its origin, materials, age and a brief history of the region it came from. The store has recently received an exquisite range of contemporary carpets made from lamb’s wool and silk, so it’s a great time to visit.
Also: With Hedger’s complimentary try-out service, you can bring home a carpet that catches your eye and have the chance to see it in its place before committing to buying it. Additionally, you can arrange to give your old carpets a makeover with the store’s carpet cleaning and restoration services.
3: Design Intervention
Inject some personality into your home with bespoke furniture from Design Intervention. This leading design house in Asia has been creating fresh and original furnishings for the entire home since 2004. Each piece of furniture is designed according to individual style, preference and comfort; not only are colours and materials carefully selected, but everything from softness, back support, seat depths and arm heights can be customised to fit your personal needs. The team also goes to great lengths and details to ensure each piece is of an optimum size, shape and proportion to complement its surroundings. Have them design a single piece of furniture or even do up your entire home!
Also: Both the furniture design and manufacturing are carried out in Singapore, which ensures control over quality. Materials are sourced overseas and locally, with access to Singapore’s largest selection of furnishing fabrics and quality finishes sourced from all over the globe.
4: Huber’s Butchery
Take a trip to Huber’s Butchery for top quality meats from all around the world. As the largest butcher in town, there’s no shortage of choice, from Tasmanian Angus beef to Japanese wagyu. You can buy in the knowledge that more than 90% of Huber’s meats and meat products are growth hormone free and sausages are filler free. Their sausages are also made with natural casings with no added MSG. Get some useful tips and even recipes from their butchers! After all that shopping, grab some lunch at the bistro, which serves up a medley of classic Western fare. Enjoy a leisurely meal while keeping a watch on the kids at the outdoor playground.
Also: If you’re in the mood for a burger, try the bistro’s dry-aged beef burger or the beef burger with bacon and Gruyère cheese. Or order up the tender braised grain-fed beef short rib. Breakfast is served on weekends.
5: Don Quijote
Get set for an authentic and indulgent Spanish feast at Don Quijote. Known for its tapas and traditionally made Spanish fare like Paella Valenciana, the restaurant offers an extensive menu of more than 80 items including savoury soups, stews, fresh seafood, salads, pastas and steaks. Choose one of the many popular hot and cold tapas – the Tuna Stuffed in Red ‘Piquillo’ Peppers, for example – and pair your meal with a glass of wine, a cocktail or Sangria for the complete Spanish experience. And families needn’t fret, as there’s a kids’ menu for your picky little eaters.
Also: The Don Quijote menu is about to get larger than ever in 2017, with a revamp that will add specials and off-menu items from last year, including Roasted Spanish Suckling Pig and Australian Wagyu Bone-in Tomahawk Rib Steaks. Also, for the month of January, diners can enjoy delectable wines and cava as the restaurant collaborates with the wineries of Gramona and Roda.
6: REDSEA Gallery
Founded in 2001, REDSEA Gallery has become one of Singapore’s most vibrant and visited art spaces. The gallery houses an eclectic collection of contemporary works from emerging and established artists from Asia and all around the globe. Enjoy the opportunity of viewing stunning paintings and sculptures, including those of iconic artists such as Salvador Dali and renowned French sculptor Val.
Also: Don’t miss Out of The Box, an exhibition by Indian photographer Rohit Chawla, from 14 January to 19 February. Hailed as one of the most eminent fashion and commercial photographers of his time, Chawla’s works capture personal and intimate glimpses into the lives of the people he photographs. Another artist to look out for is Zhuang Hong Yi, who will be exhibiting from 4 March to 16 April.