Strategically located in central Singapore, Dempsey is surrounded by lush greenery and packed with several eateries, making it one of the city’s best places to explore. With more than 100 years of history, you’ll be able to learn about one of Singapore’s lesser-known historical area.
As one of Singapore’s lesser-known area, Dempsey Road was named after General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey to honour his contributions during his time of service in the area. In the 1850s, the grounds of Dempsey Hill were formerly part of a nutmeg plantation known as Mount Harriet, before an outbreak rendered it commercially unviable by 1857. Its owners later sold the land to the British Forces, to house their military troops.
Known as the Tanglin Barracks, it was home to the British forces for over a century and served as the Defence Ministry’s headquarters between 1972 and 1989. At present, the barracks have been upscaled to create a space for Singaporeans to have their meals while hanging out with their family and friends.
Dempsey: What’s special about the place?
Redeveloped in 2006 by Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Dempsey Road was rebranded as Tanglin Village to transform the area into a site for education, art and lifestyle.
With a variety of retail establishments in the area, you don’t have to worry about getting bored after exploring the historical trails around Dempsey Hill. You can also plan for a special outing with the family at Loewen by Dempsey Hill as there are classes that you can take such as pottery or chocolate-making.
If you’re looking to satisfy your hunger after spending the day exploring Dempsey Hill, there are plenty of fine dining establishments in the area such as Candlenut, COMO Cuisine, Baker & Cook, and The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar. For an authentic taste of local curry, you can go to Samy’s Curry. Just be prepared for things to get messy as you’ll be using your hands to eat.
Other than the establishments on Dempsey Hill, Open Farm Community, which is a short distance from Dempsey Hill, allows you to experience urban farming with your family as you get to pick the fresh produce yourself. Besides, you get to bring them home for free and cook them based on your preferences.
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