Hi-so Hang

Dempsey Hill

LUXE City Guides - Singapore - - Tiong Bahru -

Once a bar­racks, now a leafy desti­na­tion for atas eat­ing, how­ever be warned, there are no pave­ments to speak of, no shade (avoid mid­day), and it’s a ver­i­ta­ble maze that can be tricky to nav­i­gate. Hop out of your cab on Dempsey Rd at Lotto Gallery / Block 26 / 6476 8784 / an Aladdin’s cave of Ori­en­tal car­pets run by the friendly Imran. Once out­side, note that if you swivel left and con­tinue to the end of the cul de sac you’ll reach Samy’s (see Lunch) and Long Beach (see Rest/re­laxed), but if you aren’t hun­gry, turn right, past the Dis­grun­tled Chef (see Rest/smart) on your left, and on to Em­gallery / Block 16 / 6475 6941 / for Emiko Naka­mura’s awe­some Asian tex­tiles and ce­ram­ics. From here, keep right un­til you reach Linda Gallery / Block 15 / 6476 7000 / ex­perts in mod­ern Chi­nese art. On­wards again in the di­rec­tion of the traf­fic, then keep right to the road’s end, where you’ll find chic decor em­po­rium Asi­a­tique / 6471 3146. At #14c is Cu­rio Home / Block 16 / 6479 7619 / for con­tempo Bri­tish furny by the likes of An­drew Martin and Kelly Hop­pen. Tear your­self away to re­trace your steps again, then turn right for a much­needed re­fuel pit­stop at crabby Jumbo / block 11 (see Rest/ Re­laxed) on the left or, on the right, car­niv­o­rous Culina / Block 8 (see Lunch). Pro­ceed onto the ace Red Sea Gallery / Block 9 (see Art) for Asia-pa­cific paint­ings and sculp­ture, then back­track and take the road be­tween Blocks 8 and 9 to House (see Spa) for a su­per-duper pam­per­ing ses­sion.

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