Dempsey Hill is one example of Singapore’s heritage preservation gatherings of old British military barracks – elegantly transformed into a trendy lifestyle destination with an excellent mix of retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and wine bars.
This is one of the places in the heart of Singapore where you can enjoy pleasurable walks. The charming location is interspersed with pockets of greenery, an old church, and educational centres.
Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant
Chang Korean BBQ Restaurant boasts a do-it-yourself concept, which highlights the charcoal barbeque with a choice of different cuts of meat and seafood for diners to cook on the hotplate.
Korean dishes such as spicy buckwheat cold noodles with organic sprouts, seafood and onion pancakes, spicy seafood soup and more abound.
Location: 71 Loewen Rd, #01-01, Singapore 248847, Singapore
Open: Daily from midday to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm
Phone: +65 6473 9005
Jim Thompson Thai Restaurant
A name synonymous with the Thai silk industry, the Jim Thompson Thai Restaurant is its culinary equivalent, from its modern reinterpretation of 19th century Siamese arts, crafts and architecture in the interior to its fine menu.
A team of Thai chefs prepares over 80 classic Thai dishes, including appetizers, spicy salads, soups, curries, main dishes, seafood, barbeque, noodles, desserts and more.
Location: 45 Minden Rd, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 248817, Singapore
Open: Monday–Saturday from midday to 3pm and from 6pm to midnight, Sundays from midday to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm
Phone: +65 6475 6088
With a cheery, warm interior accentuated by Mexican works of art, Margarita’s offers excellent margaritas in various flavours and a mouthwatering list of Mexican burritos, enchiladas including its signature dish – baked crab enchiladas, quesadillas and more.
Location: 11 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249673, Singapore
Open: Monday–Sunday from 11.30am to 11pm
Phone: +65 6471 3228
Red Dot Brewhouse
Red Dot Brewhouse is poised high above the ground overlooking the main Napier Road. This lofty outlet with its stainless steel brewing equipment dispenses a total capacity of 8,000 litres of unfiltered and unprocessed beer in seven flavours.
The menu lists grilled meats, sausages, stone oven-baked pizzas, pasta, salads, sandwiches, burgers, hearty mains, and desserts.
Location: 25A Dempsey Rd, #01-01, Singapore 247691, Singapore
Open: Monday–Thursday from midday to midnight, Friday–Saturday from midday to 2am, Sundays from 10am to midnight
Phone: +65 6475 0500
Samy’s Curry Dempsey
Samy’s Curry, located in the ever-popular Demsey Road just of Serangoon, consistently delivers tasty curries, vegetarian dishes and a range of exotic sides in a very welcoming atmosphere.
Whilst the house special of fish head curry may look like something out of a horror movie, it’s the taste that really counts – and that’s something which is in no short supply at this long-running Indian restaurant.
Unlike some of the more hectic curry joints in the centre of town, you’ll find the tempo here a lot more civilised and a pleasant environment surrounded by lush trees and quaint colonial buildings.
Location: 25 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249670, Singapore
Open: Wednesday–Monday from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Phone: +65 6472 2080
PS Café is popular for its tasty, simple international menu, and a chic European vibe. Surrounded by greenery with a kind of village feel, the Dempsey Hill branch draws crowds in thanks to it’s slightly out of town location. It takes around 15 minutes to get there from the city centre, either via taxi or bus.
You can reach PS Café within 10 minutes’ walk from the Botanic Gardens, and it’s perfect for a bite to eat after strolling around the park. The crowd is a mix of Singaporeans and ex-pats, but those who don’t like the buzz of a busy restaurant should beware, PS Café is family-friendly and there will be plenty of youngsters enjoying the open space of the front lawn.
Location: 28B Harding Road, Singapore 249549, Singapore
Open: Sunday–Thursday from 8am to 11pm, Friday–Saturday from 8am to midnight
Phone: +65 6708 9288
The White Rabbit Restaurant
On the way up Dempsey Hill, you’ll pass a white stone chapel that once belonged to the British Army based in this area. Restored and turned into the Alice in Wonderland inspired White Rabbit restaurant serving European classics, this romantic spot is perfect for dinner for 2 or for a casual brunch at weekends.
Finding the restaurant is easy, it’s only a few minutes’ walk up Harding Road from the Botanic Gardens or 15 minutes by taxi from central Singapore. It gets busy at its Sunday brunches, so book ahead if you can (although the folks here are so friendly they will try to squeeze you in).
Location: 39C Harding Rd, Singapore 249541, Singapore
Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11.45am to 2.30pm and from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 11am to 3.30pm and from 6.30pm–10.30pm (closed on Mondays)
Phone: +65 6473 9965