When you first think of places to go furniture-hunting, Dempsey Hill might not necessarily come to mind, but the quaint clusters are a treasure trove of vintage and modern furniture and homeware for you to peruse.

Despite the insides of the colonial buildings being individually transformed to fit the stores’ showroom and restaurant themes, the original architecture still remains, giving Dempsey Hill its old-world charm.

8 Dempsey Hill Furniture Stores

Here’s a list of a few must-visit homeware and restaurants in the Dempsey Hill compound:

Other furniture stores that used to be located at Dempsey Hill:

Dempsey Hill Furniture Stores: 7 Furniture shops (and cafes, restaurants)

Marquis Studio & Lifestorey

If they gave awards for the most picturesque furniture showroom in Singapore, the recently opened Marquis Studio and Lifestorey@Dempsey would win them hands down for their lush, botanical feel set against the greenery of Dempsey Hill.

Opened in 2018 and taking up 13,000 sq ft in total, the two brands under Nobel Design Holdings  are housed in former army barracks space, where spa-cafe House was.

Designed by Jean Wee, COO of Nobel Design Holdings, the showroom boasts full length glass windows, while simple white roller blinds keep the sun out when it gets too bright. It feels like you’re shopping in a garden conservatory.

The location is a boon to customers who don’t have to trek out to its main showroom in Tai Seng.

Dempsey Hill Furniture Stores: 7 Furniture shops (and cafes, restaurants)

Marquis features the modern aesthetic of brands such as Galloti&Radice, Prianera, both from Italy and Gealux from the Netherlands.

For more youthful tastes, there is Lifestorey, which retails fun brands such as Kartell, House Doctor, Sits and Bontempi Casa, along with accessories and tableware. It seems the Kartell bosses were so impressed with the new space that they wanted their red and blue wavy mobile screen installation from this year’s Milan furniture fair to be recreated in the Dempsey store.

According to Ms Wee, the Dempsey showroom is popular with the expat community, who enjoy popping in after meals. “The showroom here has become a destination shopping spot,” she says.

Marquis Studio & Lifestorey Dempsey are located at 8D Dempsey Road, Level 2, Singapore 249672. Tel: 6253 3177.

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Bungalow 55

After seven years at Cluny Court, furniture and home accessories boutique Bungalow 55 has moved to a new nest in 2019. Perched on a spacious third storey unit in Dempsey, the 1,350 sq ft boutique is surrounded by tall trees and blessed with a constant stream of natural light.

This sets a serene backdrop for the brand’s tropical glam pieces that are personally sourced by founder Nina Beale from America, Australia and Europe. She also runs an interior styling service, which was one of the reasons for the move.

Bungalow 55 is located at 8D Dempsey Rd, #03-04, Singapore 249672. Tel: 8318 5358.

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Design Intervention

Founded by Nikki Hunt, Design Intervention has an extensive portfolio of award-winning homes and unique bespoke furniture. The company has even managed the restoration of conservation houses!

Design Intervention is at 75E Loewen Road, Tanglin Village, tel: 6506-0920.

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Woody Antique

If you’re a lover of wood, then Woody Antique is the place to be. The 10,000sqf showroom is littered with all sorts of woody outdoor furniture – from sofas, to sun loungers and more. The store also carries a selection of antique indoor furniture. 

Woody Antique is located at #01-05, Block 13 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6471 1770

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Maywell Lifestyles - House of Burmese Teakwood at 13 Dempsey Hill (Image: Maywell Lifestyles Facebook)

Maywell Lifestyles

Take a leisurely walk or drive around the Dempsey Hill enclave and you would definitely spot the imposing yet curious entrance to Maywell Lifestyles.

Maywell Lifestyle was founded by Kelvin and Vincent in 1996 and specialises in natural wood and solid teak wood furniture that’s native to Myanmar, Thailand, India, and Indonesia. It was only in 2002 that the store moved into the Dempsey Hill precinct – where it continues to stay today.

Maywell Lifestyles was also the first Burmese solid teak wood importer in Singapore.

Maywell Lifestyles is located at 13 Dempsey Road, #01-06. Tel: 9693 2974.

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Timothy Oulton at CURIO, 13 Dempsey Hill Singapore

Timothy Oulton @ CURIO

Timothy Oulton is a Hong Kong-based, British furniture that started out in 1976 as an antiques shop in Manchester.

Timothy’s love for antiques then evolved as the brand started to produce their own antiques-inspired furniture pieces.

Today, the brand is best known for their sofas, mirrors, coffee table, and chairs.

On Mar 4, 2022, Timothy Oulton passed on at age 55.

Timothy Oulton @ CURIO is located at 13 Dempsey Road, #01-01. Tel: 6479 7619.

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Hedger's Carpet Gallery in Dempsey Hill, Singapore

Hedger’s Carpet Gallery

Founded by Peter Hedger in 1978, Hedger’s Carpet is an eminent name in the local carpet sector. They are best known for their regular carpet auctions and bidding sessions which you can keep track of by following their Facebook page.

Over at Hedger’s Carpet, you will find antique carpets, city carpets, silk carpets, tribal and village style carpets, contemporary carpet designs, and narrower runners sourced from Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

If you’ve got an old carpet that requires cleaning and restoration, you can call up the Hedger’s team too.

Hedger’s Carpet Gallery is located at 13 Dempsey Road, #01-02. Tel: 6462 0028.

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Asiatique Collections (Now at Henderson Road)

Chin Bottinelli, the curater and founder of Asiatique Collections, has scoured Asia and Europe to bring in the home accessories, furniture, and art pieces seen in the boutique.

1,700sqf of the large space was also made into a showroom-within-a-showroom for Ceccotti Collezioni’s pieces. The Italian furniture brand is known for its fluid and unique designs.

Asiatique Collections is at 14A Dempsey Road, tel: 6471-3146.

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Cuckoo Little Lifestyle Store (Now at 293 Holland Rd)

With a wide range of international children lifestyle names like Les Pipelettes, Bloomingville and more, Cuckoo is the one-stop destination for your child’s bedroom. Scandinavian-style bunk beds, skateboard shelves, and even little bits and bobs like rugs and pyjamas can be found in the store!

Cuckoo used to be located at 6B Dempsey Road before moving to 293 Holland Road, #02-13.

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Mobel Story (Closed)

Step into Mobel Story’s 4,000sqf showroom, home to six well-known European brands – namely Leolux, Hulsta, Flexa, Kymo, Paola C, and now!. These designer furniture pieces are made of high quality, and look sleek and chic for any home!

Mobel Story used to be located at #01-02, 71 Loewen Road.

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Pasardina Fine Living (Closed)

Naming themselves the “Masters of Woodcraft”, Pasardina stocks a whole range of Indonesian furniture design, all using natural materials such as teak and ceramic.

Pasardina used to be located at #01-01, 13 Dempsey Road.

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Swedish brand Lexington

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Swedish brand Lexington made its way to our sunny island in 2016. In their Dempsey store, Lexington’s home collection – consisting of bed linen, towels, and dining ware – sits together with its apparel in
a cushy, traditional American home setting.

The designs are influenced by the North American lifestyle, and feature classic motifs such as stars, stripes, and plaid patterns. It exudes a cosy, yet outdoorsy vibe, which is great for homeowners looking to imbue their home with a rustic-chic look.

Lexington was located at 26 Dempsey Road. Tel: 6472-1019.

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Dempsey Hill Cafes & Restaurants

There are numerous cafes and restaurants in the Dempsey Hill enclave – so much so that the area can be pretty crowded and congested on weekend nights.

If you’re looking for some food after furniture shopping, here are several cafes where you’ll be able to settle for brunch, coffee and cake:

  • Burnt Ends Bakery
  • PS. Cafe
  • Da Paolo Dempsey
  • Sprmrkt
  • Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
  • Baker & Cook

If you’re up for a meal, there are so many restaurants in Dempsey, some include:

  • Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
  • COMO Cuisine
  • Candlenut (Peranakan)
  • Culina
  • Dempsey Project
  • Long Beach (Seafood)
  • JUMBO Seafood
  • Chopsuey (Asian fusion)
  • Min Jiang (Chinese)
  • Margarita’s
  • Siri House
  • TUGA
  • Blu Kouzina
  • Huber’s Bistro
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PS. Cafe

Upon hearing about PS. Cafe, one would tend to think about their highly raved truffle fries, and generous dessert portions. But if you haven’t tried having a meal with them before, visit their branch in Dempsey Hill! Complete with a soothing and relaxing view of Mother Nature, the cafe is an ideal place to unwind after a long week. 

PS. Cafe is at 28B Harding Road, tel: 9070-8782.

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Siri House: Shop, dine and view art at this new lifestyle concept in Dempsey

Siri House

Thailand remains a favourite holiday destination among Singaporeans, thanks to its colourful design and fashion scene, as well as it being a gastronomical paradise. You will find the same cocktail of fun at Siri House, a lifestyle destination by Thai luxury property scene, Sansiri that opened doors in Singapore’s idyllic Dempsey Hill enclave in 2019.

The 3,000 sq ft space showcases the Sansiri persona: to live a Sansiri life is to be fashionable, cultured and in the know.

Siri House: Shop, dine and view art at this new lifestyle concept in Dempsey

Siri House takes the form of separate stunningly designed, yet unpretentious spaces.

Next is The Shop, where you will find – housed in antique cabinets that have been deconstructed and reassembled with modern elements like acrylic panels – a plethora of limited edition souvenirs, accessories and apparel by the future who’s who of Thai design.

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For home decor, there’s Sur, which offers off-kilter sculptures; The Archivist, which produces abstract prints; Thingg, the brand behind many of the ceramic wares in The Shop; as well as Siri House Curate, which sells everything from Indian incense sticks to glassware, made by Chiang Mai artisans.

Jam at Siri House is a 48- seat restaurant and bar with an open kitchen

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Inspired by Asian cuisine and customs, the menu revolves around sharing plates as well as classic dishes and drinks with a playful twist.

Complementing this is the chinoiserie and Art Deco-esque interiors – De Gournay handprinted wallpaper and Jim Thompson fabric are paired with vintage chandeliers and dark lacquered walls. With a dramatic palette of coral, yellow and blue, Jam at Siri House exudes an electrifying yet nostalgic atmosphere.

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Art Space at Siri House, a small art gallery that aims to showcase an international and cross-generational list of artists

Siri House is located at 8D Dempsey Rd, #01-02 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249672. Tel: 9487 1552.

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Open Farm Community

Open Farm Community (OFC) is a large 35,000sqf space filled with fun activities for the family! Besides trying out urban farming, you can also sit back, relax, and enjoy the great food served at kitchen, fresh from OFC’s own garden.

Open Farm Community is at 130E Minden Road, tel: 6471-0306.

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The Ranch Home (Closed)

With a laidback and relaxed interior, The Ranch Home is the perfect place for a simple chill-out day with some family and friends. There, you can snack on some light bites with CA California’s sandwiches or salads. Then, indulge in some good ol’ ice cream with the famous Ben & Jerry’s, also housed within The Ranch Home!

Along with other Dempsey favourites such as House, The Ranch Home, and Ben & Jerry’s closed for good around 2018 when their leases were not up for renewal.

The Ranch Home is at 8D Dempsey Road, tel: 6472-4977.

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The White Rabbit (Closed 2021)

The White Rabbit is yet another well-known restaurant and bar housed in a restored chapel.

What sets the space apart from other restaurants in the Dempsey Hill area, however, is the one-of-a-kind architecture. Be charmed by the unique stained glass windows, arched ceilings, and spaciousness of the restaurant.

The White Rabbit used to be located at 39C Harding Road.

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Part of this story first appeared on The Business Times.