Riders Cafe is an extremely popular brunch spot hidden behind the lush greenery of Bukit Timah. What makes Riders so unique is in its location, being situated at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Riders not only serve up good contemporary food but provide one of the best & unique sceneries for a cafe/restaurant in Singapore.
What makes Riders Cafe one of the most popular places for brunch in Singapore is its location. It’s situated deep in the greenery of Bukit Timah, with most of its surroundings untouched by civilization. In order to get to Riders, it’s best to have a car or take a cab. Walking is not impossible, but not recommended as the route to Riders will be quite a long trek. If you’re thinking that Riders is somewhere near The Grandstand, you’ll be mistaken. (It’s somewhere near that area, but Riders is towards a different stretch of road.) The carpark for Riders is just outside the building, so it’s quite easy when you have a car.
Riders Cafe is extremely popular with the brunch crowd and the place can get horribly crowded on the weekends. It’s best to make a reservation before heading to Riders. I called on a Friday to make a reservation for Saturday, which ended up being fully booked. Luckily there were openings for Sunday instead. Some reviewers have mentioned that they managed to get a table without a reservation, but it usually involves quite a bit of waiting.
The interior of Riders Cafe is quite British Colonial. The whole place is painted white with dark wooden elements. Things are kept simple inside, with fans & hanging lamps. The place does not have much decor as it relies on the gorgeous scenery surrounding the place. Rows of windows fill both sides of the interior, allowing lots of Sunlight into the cafe and it also allows customers to view outside and look at the scenery. The place is surrounding by lush greenery, along with stables & some horse tracks. (The Bukit Timah Saddle Club is right there afterall.) At certain times, you may get a chance to spot a live horse.
There is a stable nearby Riders that is opened to the public at certain timings only. You can basically walk inside and have a closer look at actual horses. (The smell is something else though.)
Riders serves up the typical brunch food type dishes. Aside from their well-known Blackstone Benedict, they also have Brioche French Toast (another up-and-coming brunch dish) & Truffle Fries (the ever-popular starter). Their brunch menu is only available on the weekends, from 8am to 3pm with their Appetisers/Mains being only available after 11am. Prices for Riders are all quite above average, with most of their items hovering around the 15 dollar mark.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
If you ever wondered where to go for a good weekend brunch, you should definitely give Riders Cafe a try. It’s in an excellent scenic location and they also serve pretty good brunch food. Riders is one of those iconic places in Singapore that you need to visit once in your lifetime. Do remember to bring along a camera for all those great photo-op locations.
51 Fairways Drive , Singapore 286965
(Nearest train station: None)
Contact: 6466 9819
Tue – Thu: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm