You’ve probably heard about Orchard Road, Sentosa Island, Marina Bay and all the other must-visit attractions in Singapore. But save some time for Dempsey Hill — one of Singapore’s lesser known lifestyle destinations featuring some of the newest concepts in an old world setting that anyone can enjoy.
Discover the rich history of Dempsey Hill as you take a stroll along any of its walking trails. Formerly a nutmeg plantation in the 1850s called Mount Harriet, and then repurposed as the military camp that was Tanglin Barracks, Dempsey Hill has been through several transformations. But the heritage site maintains quiet and rustic to this day. Redeveloped in 2007, this tranquil hideaway is now a dining, entertainment and shopping destination.
COMO Dempsey – Dempsey Hill’s latest addition
An upcoming all-round retail and dining establishment that promises a world-class experience, COMO Dempsey will house a variety of original and innovative dining places and concept stores.
One of which is Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan (straits-born Chinese) restaurant, by homegrown chef Malcolm Lee. This 4,262-square-foot restaurant boasts a 92-seat capacity and an al fresco dining area, all amidst interiors designed by renowned architect Paola Navone that combine modern design with Candlenut’s signature rich Peranakan heritage. More dining destinations are slated to open in early 2017, such as dining destinations COMO Cuisine, helmed by chef Timothy de Souza, and Michelin-starred Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Another thing to look out for at COMO Dempsey is the much-anticipated Dover Street Market Singapore, which will be the newest outlet in the worldwide cult retail series founded by Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo.
Fun with the family at Loewen by Dempsey Hill
Plan an enriching weekend for the whole family at Loewen by Dempsey Hill, where you can choose from a multitude of creative programmes for both kids and adults. Opt for pottery classes at Impressions Art Studio, or satisfy that sweet tooth when you attend a chocolate-making workshop at ANJALICHOCALAT. There’s even something for your furry friends — check them in to the Wagington Luxury Pet Hotel for some pampering.
Wine and dine
Explore the array of swanky dining and nightlife options all around Dempsey Hill. Tuck into barbecued delights and quench your thirst with a selection of tipples at The Green Door’s garden bar, or check out Red Dot Brewhouse for a hearty menu of steaks and beers. Get your fill of local cuisine, too, at the famed Long Beach Seafood Restaurant, and Samy’s Curry.
If Sunday brunch is more your thing, grab a bite at The Disgruntled Chef or opt for a weekend tapas buffet at Don Quijote. Or, go green and experience Open Farm Community’s refreshing farm-to-table concept, where world-renowned chef Ryan Clift creates dishes with ingredients grown by local urban farmers.
Shop with sophistication
Enjoy an artisanal shopping experience at various homeware stores, where you can find unconventional souvenirs or trinkets to bedeck your home. Stop by Woody Antique House, a haven for collectors of Asian antiquities, or MÖBEL STORY, a local homeware store that carries handcrafted designs.
Browse the racks of clothing at Rouge French Designs or La Prendo, and you may find some chic garments for your wardrobe. Or get all dolled up at Beauty Emporium — pamper yourself with a relaxing massage at apothecary-spa Spa Esprit, get your nails done at Strip, or stock up on beauty products from Aesop or MALIN+GOETZ.
To get to Dempsey Hill, hop on a shuttle bus at their many pick-up points. View the shuttle bus schedule, and visit Dempsey Hill’s official website for more information.