Leha’s Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food in Saigon’s District 7


When the Disney-animated movie Aladdin hit the silver screen, global audiences were enchanted by the protagonist’s foray into the vast desert. The movie made us want to travel to a faraway land, ride a camel along sun-soaked dunes, and spend a night on a magic carpet under a blanket of stars. 

Exotic in every sense of the word, Leha’s Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food in District 7 offers sand-washed corners to chill at with actual cacti, or for ‘gram photos that’ll transport you into a whole new world.


Desert-themed cafe with a cactus garden in District 7


Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
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Just a stone’s throw away from Korean Town lies Leha’s Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food in District 7. 

Although District 7 has no lack of beautiful cafes, this garden bistro is in a league of its own. If you’re living in the eastern or western part of Saigon, we guarantee a 15 to 30-minute ride here is worth it. 

The moment you reach the gate of the venue, what jumps out at you is a deluge of luscious cacti and palm plants.

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
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Home to a spacious venue with outdoor and indoor seating, the cafe is perfect for both small and large functions for any occasion.

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The entire space is bathed in orange hues and warm tones, complemented by an assortment of plants that conjure up images of a West African desert. In the evening, the garden is illuminated by strings of bulb lights that will cast a warm glow on you and your companions as the sun sets.

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
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Inside, the dining space is designed with Moroccan motifs, featuring arched doorways, ornate wood carvings, and colorful tile work. While the arches help broaden the space and give it a palatial look, the subtle yet characterful tiles create a soothing ambience.   

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
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Rustic furniture, bohemian cushions, terracotta plant pots, and low tables also add a Mediterranean charm to the place. 

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
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A few steps away from the bakery’s display, stands a weathered mahogany piano. While waiting to be served, consider taking a seat to entertain yourself and your clique with a few classic tunes.


Leha’s Home Cactus Garden Cafe offers buttery escargot, fried fish patties and cocktails


Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
Fried fish patties served with rice vermicelli
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At this unique cafe, you’ll find a dizzying array of international fares ranging from Japanese cuisines to Vietnamese classics.

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
Snails stuffed with meat
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Fans of Vietnamese food will be delighted to find familiar delicacies such as tender and flavorful Fried Fish Patties with Rice Vermicelli (VND300,000, ~USD13.03), or the meaty and buttery Snails Stuffed with Meat (VND125,000, ~USD5.43).

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
Sashimi set
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Fresh-tasting and aesthetically pleasing, the delicate and fatty Sashimi Set (VND265,000, ~USD11.51) will make your taste buds dance. 

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
Grilled octopus seasoned with salt and paprika
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For a crispy, succulent, and smoky dinner dish, try Grilled Octopus with Salt and Paprika (VND135,000, ~USD5.86).

To quench your thirst, you can order from the restaurant’s curated selection of juice, tea, and cocktails. 

Leha's Home Cactus Garden Cafe & Food
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For VND115,000( ~USD4.99), you can beat the summer heat with the refreshing and fizzy mojito. 

Sweet and milky with a flowery scent, the Oolong Milk Tea (VND80,000, ~USD3.47) is an inviting break from the scorching heat of Saigon. 

yogurt fruits
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Nothing beats a refreshing cup of yogurt dolloped with fruits (VND65,000, ~USD2.81) after a meal during the summer months. Not only is this fusion tasty, but it’s also filled with healthy properties such as antioxidants, probiotics, and whey protein.


Spend summer in a desert bistro at the heart of Saigon


Summer is around the corner, and many of us are itching to pack our bags and head to sun-and-fun beach destinations. Unfortunately, traveling and partying are off the table for now, as the regional COVID-19 situation is escalating. However, you can still play tourist when in town and create stunning snapshots that look straight out of a foreign land.

Aside from its fair share of photogenic spots, the place also offers a myriad of food and drinks to satisfy your tummies. Situated in District 7, this enchanting desert bistro will give Saigon residents pining for summer trips overseas a chance to visit a ‘whole new world’.

Address: 404 Le Van Luong, Tan Hung Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 8AM-11PM, Daily
Telephone: 028 2250 8824

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Cover image adapted from: Võ Duy Anh 

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