Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

The café scene has been so fluid lately that I had to update the list after just 3 months. Here are Mr. Nguyen’s latest rankings for the San Jose coffee shops. There has been some turnover, new girls coming into the scene, old ones leaving, and a few shops renovating and changing names. The majority of the coffee shops have raised their prices to $6 per cup of coffee and $7 per juice or smoothie to keep up with how expensive San Jose has gotten. The rankings reflect the cafes as a whole (girls, venue, coffee, food, service, girls, smoking/non-smoking, and girls).

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1. Paradise Cafe
2400 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
http://www.instagram.com/cafeparadise408
Paradise Café is back from its yearlong hiatus with a vengeance. They are now #1. The venue is nice, the staff is outstanding, and the service is top notch. I’ve been here a few times since it re-opened, and I have to admit that their staff is probably the best in San Jose right now. At any given time, they have about 3 or 4 girls working. Their notables include Christine, Ruby Renegade (from MFC/Pornhub/myrubyr.com), Kelly (smokin’ hot), Jenny (from HS/Pandora/Tao). Huong (BK), Erin, Victoria, Lucy, and Shannon round out their crew. They have plenty of TVs for your sports viewing pleasure and a nice outdoor patio with umbrellas and heaters for cold weather. Parking can be problematic at times, but I just park across the street at the motel if it’s full. The location is somewhat out of the way for those working the tech scene, but they do have some great options for lunchtime dining around their shop for those engineers looking for a spot to eat and drink Viet coffee. The Plant is nearby with my favorite, Halal Guys, and Paradise is a block from Chick-Fil- A. My number one qualm with this shop is the indoor smoking, but the outdoor patio allows those sensitive to cigarette smoke to escape it. I believe this is the only remaining SJ coffee shop with $5 coffee.

2. Fantasy Café
1040 McLaughlin Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
Dream Café
2444 Alvin Avenue
San Jose, CA 95121
https://www.facebook.com/Fantasy-Cafe- 820415021345938/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dream-Cafe/1506502706241235
Fantasy Café (formerly CN1) and Dream Café (formerly CN2) have slipped a little in the last few months after losing both Tran and Christine. Thankfully, they still have Nicole, and they have hired Kitty from Wave as well. The cafés are lingerie/bikini only, but their uniforms are probably the most creative of all the cafes and leaves a little bit to the imagination. Boss lady, Chi Uyen, has a great eye for Vietnamese café fashion. The waitresses are by far some of the hottest girls in the history of Vietnamese coffee shops in San Jose. Kathy, Missy, Anna, Angela, and a few new waitresses round out their roster. These two cafes are a great place to take people who are new to the Vietnamese coffee scene. No one I have brought has ever been disappointed. Lunch time is the best time. Fantasy and Dream Cafe have banned the smoking inside all day and night. Coffee is now $6/cup.

3. HS Coffee & Juices (a.k.a. Hotspot Café) (www.instagram.com/hs_sj)
2133 Morill Ave.
San Jose, CA 95132
Hotspot remains high in my book because of the great service. The location is a bit far from the hustle and bustle of Little Saigon, but it is well worth the drive. The attire is strictly PG, but it’s a somewhat refreshing change from the more risqué cafes. They’ve branded the Hotspot name and have been known to pass out T-shirts and sweaters with their brand on it. The venue is spacious, and the waitresses are extremely friendly and attentive. They make an effort to remember the regulars by name here, which actually gives this place a more intimate feel. Smoking has been banned completely. Some of the notable waitresses include Jay-Lynn, sisters Nhi and Kathy, Solenne, Paulette, Karen, and boss lady, Thuy-Anh and sister, Mai. Christina is a very notable addition to the Hotspot team and has quickly become one of my favorite waitresses if not my favorite. It would be nice if she worked more than 2 days a week there. They have plenty of TVs to watch your favorite sporting event, Vietnamese and Korean pop, or EDM and hip hop music videos. During football season, it’s probably one of the best places to watch every single football game on TV. They offer a variety of food and drinks for a very affordable price. I wish they had beer on the menu though. Coffee is now $6/cup, and I was somewhat disappointed when I had to pay $7 for OJ. They are applying for a liquor license, and beer will soon be served here. Visit their Instagram site to get updates on who is working.

4. Em Quyen
1998 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
I believe the general consensus is that Em Quyen is the best risqué café right now. Most guys on this forum love this place, and it’s a constant subject of conversation. I’ve decided to move it to #4 in a tie with Nguyen Espresso because Nguyen Espresso has stepped up its game. It’s a great place to grab a cup of coffee in the morning before work. With smoking banned all day, this place is one of the cleanest. Ngoc, Nina, and Rebecca keep EQ one of the best cafes in San Jose. Newcomer, Lisa, was a great addition to EQ, but she didn’t last very long unfortunately. Quyen is still one of the prettiest owners around SJ. This place gets packed frequently, and due to the small size of the café, it’s not uncommon to share tables with complete strangers. There are plenty of HD TVs to watch your favorite soccer matches or football games. No food is served here, but you can run next door to Subway or the taqueria, and bring your food over to enjoy the games on TV. Coffee is $6/cup. The shop closes around 5 or 6 PM.

4. Nguyen Expresso
1659 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
I’ve decided to move NE up to the #4 spot in a tie with EQ. They have improved the talent level. From my last few visits, the average age of the staff seems to have dropped. Jessa, Janet (of CN fame), Kathy, Lisa, Lien, and Katie are a few of their notables. Risqué factor is like EQ. Venue is small and cramped, but it is clean (relatively speaking) due to the non-smoking policy. The service is decent. This place is recommended for newbies to the coffee shop scene if they want to see what these cafes are all about. Coffee is $6/cup.

6. Palm Café (formerly Wave Café) (www.instagram.com/palm.cafe)
1969 Tully Rd.San Jose, CA 95122
I decided to move Palm Café to #6, but it could be higher if they banned cigarettes. The waitresses rank high on the hotness scale, and their uniforms do not leave a lot to the imagination, but the smoke absolutely kills this place. I would like to visit this place more often, but I can only stand the cigarettes for so long. Tina, Kitty, and Julie make this place worth going to. Rose is also a great addition to the roster. They do serve beer here, which bumps this place up a few spots.

7. Pandora Café
1174 N. Capitol Ave.
San Jose, CA 95132
I have mixed opinions about this cafe. Pandora is big with lots of TVs, but I can’t frequent this place much because of the cigarettes. The girls dress like they do at Hotspot, so essentially tank tops and mini-skirts. They have recently brought in waitresses from the OC, and if they continue to do this, it should draw a larger crowd to their shop. As a result, I’ve moved them up a couple notches. The venue itself looks nice and is very spacious, and they do serve food here as well.

8. Thoa Café
999 Story Rd.
San Jose, CA – Vietnam Town
Thoa Café monopolizes the café scene in Vietnam Town. Unfortunately, Thoa Café allows smoking all day now, and as a result, I have not moved this place up the ladder. My favorite waitress here is Jasmine. She is very easy on the eyes and very friendly at the same time. Waitresses are dressed in lingerie. It’s located conveniently next to Pho 90 and Com 90. Coffee is $6/cup.

9. Tylan Café
1743 Berryessa Rd.
San Jose, CA 95133
Tylan is a decent, little café. Coffee is good, and they have plenty of TVs for sports. They allow smoking inside and out, unfortunately. Parking can be horrendous at times. But they do have their loyal regulars there.

10. Lush Café
950 Story Rd.
San Jose, CA
Formally known as Café 168, Bliss, and Lan Café, this shop recently renovated. This café is okay. The venue itself is dark and smoky most of the time. Attire is lingerie and bikinis. I’d come here more often if they would ban the cigarettes. I believe they went through another name change again, but I haven’t confirmed it yet.

11. Quynh Huong
2441 Alvin Ave
San Jose, CA 95121
Quynh Huong Café is formerly Courtyard/Vogue and is still located across the street from Chuck E Cheese off of Tully Rd. I haven’t been able to check this place out, personally. Phuong (formerly Ozone and Tao) works here. It’s a nice, big venue with plenty of TVs. They have a wide selection of food and drinks, including alcohol. The cigarettes ruin this place. It does not make sense to me why they have a huge courtyard if they are going to allow smoking inside. Non-smokers can’t escape the smoke, inside or out..

12. Lavender Cafe
1054 Story Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
Lavender is the former Thuy Em and Sao Café. I haven’t paid this place a visit, but based on what people have written on this board, it doesn’t seem much different than before. Some of the same girls from the past are working here now. And it sounds like alcohol is served as well. It may still be worth going to, but the cigarettes are the only reason I don’t frequent this place at all.

13. Café Quyên
1692 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
This café has set the bar a decade ago in terms of dress code, so much so that the police and media have picked on this place more than any others. But it has lost its luster when compared to the glory days of a few years back. Current dress code is lingerie. The venue is small and cramped, and they do not have all the sports channels a café should have to watch your favorite sports. Due to the low level of talent and overall feel, I’ve moved this place out of the top 10. The café closes around 5PM.

14. M Café
Located on Burdette Rd. next to Lee’s Laundromat. This place is currently the best Vietnamese
quan nhau in San Jose.

15. 408 Café – Still confirming the name change
1692 Tully Rd. Ste 1, San Jose, CA 95122 – behind National Summit bank. Next to Quyen Café.

16. Paris Café
403 N. Capital Ave., San Jose, CA (24 Hour Fitness plaza)

17. Xinh Xinh Café
1075 Tully Rd, at the corner of Mc Laughlin. Same plaza with Com Tam Dat Thanh.

18. Dolce Expresso
Located at the corner of Quimby and Tully Rd. Same plaza with Michael’s.

19. Café Dạ Thảo
Located on Story Road across the street from Walmart.

20. Got Hong
Located in the same plaza as Café Quyen and Café 408

3,121 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

    1. Does anyone know any Ngoc always hides in the back and the boss lady hides her from non regs even when you just go up to pay.. she sends her to the back back.. some of us may not be regulars but if she keeps hiding one of her better looking girls every time people come we’ll never want to be regulars of even go back. Someone who is a reg should tell her that she’s hurting her own business

        1. She’s been in the business over a decade. Do you think she needs someone to tell her how to run it?

      1. Usually girls will hide if they don’t want to be seen by someone they want to avoid. They’ll stay in the kitchen till that person leaves.

  1. Hi Ginalover Good luck with your upcoming surgery. Maybe after we can hookup at EQ for some coffee. Did you ever get to meet up with the girl of your dreams? Maybe this will not get deleted to

    1. Hey HH, My surgery will be later this month. I am out of the country for a few more days, but once I get back, I will message you and maybe we can get together and share “war” stories.

    1. I agree with that. Lisa is the best looking girl at NE. Many people won’t agree with me, but I think she is way hotter than Janet.

  2. Anyone know who’s working NE & EQ this AM? And it’s good to know about NE’s crew after 2

  3. NE & EQ waitresses today? The new Hispanic gal @ NE was as friendly as đep yesterday.

        1. That whole CQ plaza is being gutted. Even Got hong or whatever it is is gone now too.

  4. NE just has the owner and the new Hispanic girl working. I’d avoid them this morning unless somebody nice like Heather or Thao comes in. No more Yvonne there either.

      1. Yeah,? maybe she’s need more money? but Palm Cafe too much smoking! The girls are hot at Palm…lol

          1. Mammasan shoud bring Janet back. She can be #1 at NE. I’d do that SF to SJ drive to see her and tip her big bucks.

    1. Who else has come in at NE & EQ?

      In recent posts, couple of you new guys have been really rude to the ladies? If you prepubescent boys have a problem with the ladies’ ages, maybe you hang around grade schools.

  5. Good morning fellow coffee enthusiasts! Any idea who is working at Em Quyen and Nguyen Espresso this morning?

  6. First time poster. Went by Nguyen Espresso and Em Quyen and both places were amazing today. Nguyen Espresso had beautiful ladies today. Lisa is beautiful and young. Heather is beautiful but you can tell she’s been around the block. Didn’t get the other girl’s name unfortunately. I also stopped by Em Quyen and got to see Ngoc and didn’t get the name of the other girls. I just recently moved to SJ from OC and must say these two places are very well staffed. I will continue to visit these places and will continue to post updates. I hope these ladies work regularly. Unfortunately, the vibe at Em Quyen was a bit down. The girls seemed either upset or not having a good day. Nevertheless, they were gorgeous so I can overlook that part. Hope you guys had a great time at the coffee shops!

      1. Somebody told me Heather was like 25. I about laughed my ass off. She’s damn hot but if you look close at her eyes you can see the age lines. I’d guess she’s either about 37 or parties really fucking hard if she’s in her 20’s still. I’ve also heard her talk to a few customers that she apparently knows from back in the day which means this isn’t her first time around the block.

        Either way she is still quite fuckable…

    1. The girls were down on Sunday at EQ because of posts made on this form that suggested they offer extra services after hours. These comments are false and defamatory and need to stop. If you want a happy coffee scene then you need to understand that the coffee shops only offer coffee and conversation with your friends and if you’re nice and you tip then conversations with the girls. In short, it is coffee with a view, not a brothel. Anyone who says different is either a coffee girl trying to defame a rival more beautiful coffee girl, or a customer who wants to raise their own profile with false boasts at the expense of good hard working girls. If anyone else suggests these girls offer pay for play, they will have me to deal with in the form of defamation law suits. Stop the slander and libel.

      1. Terminator Get your facts right. A lot of the girls do extra services after hours to in supplement there income. Some send is home to family in Vietnam. Coffee alone don’t pay that much.

        1. This is a public forum not a private forum. Whatever is posted here, general public including LE can read it.

          Whatever happened to Redbook a few years back, we don’t want it to happen here.

          If posters want to exchange info, they can email each other.

          “Discreet, solicitation, racial, illegal act, etc” are examples of sensitive subjects. We have to be discreet on certain sensitive subjects. When we are too specific on certain info, we’re taking a risk of ruining other people’s life or business.

  7. Which waitresses are working EQ & NE this morning? Knowing who replaces the NE girlies at 2pm would be useful too.
    Since these venues are so popular, anyone getting intel out on a daily basis would help us all.

  8. Hey “Im_Gay” guy, BN & “Traveling Investor”–Check out my 5/9, 22:32 post. Those of you who speak rudely of the ladies are probably the guys who can’take hit the toilet.

    1. I butter up any girl and owners in coffee shop to get side hustle action. Most ignore me but thru the years, some paid off big

  9. The mamasan at NE needs to learn customer skills especially when you have lots of competition. She gets mad at you if you stay too long and only buy one drink even though half of the seats are empty so it’s not like there’s a line of customers trying to get in. Anybody else have bad experience with her at NE.

    1. yes mamasan is a stupid bitch… She’s stares at me when i stay over an hour. She should also put the nice hot chicks, lisa, yvonne, isabel, heather, and jasmine on the morning shifts.. The ugly bitches like thao, michelle, grace and kristy should be on the evening shifts…

      1. Mamasan has always been nice to me. btw….all the girls are hot night or morning shift. Just tip right and spend a little more money. Think about it..it’s worth it. If you don’t want to spend money for coffee go to Mcdonalds and get the $1 coffee.

        1. I agree with Jake. NE mamasan has always been nice to my friends and me. We stay for a few hours and never gives us any grief.

          1. I agree with Jake too! My buddies and I go and watch games, and never get hassled by mamasan. We just keep tipping the girls each time they stop by and refill our tea. We give them a dollar each time (each of us) and mamasan lets us stay as long as we want. Jake is correct; spending money is a must in this type of establishment.

      2. They don’t want you at the shop if they’re pressuring you to buy another drink. Pretty sure you’re a prick troll

      3. Wow I’m shocked to hear anyone speak negatively on those girls, their all nice and have a big smile. They don’t sit and talk like how the girls do in SoCal but they all giv a big smile when they are refilling tea. Maybe just as much as you don’t like those girls the boss doesn’t like you the same, karmas a bitch.

    2. I was there for less than an hour and didn’t even finish my drink yet before she tried to get me to buy another. Greedy bitch

  10. Who is Popk on rubmaps. That is posting pictures and always talking about the coffee shop girls in San Jose. He claims he has had sex with many of them. Just PM him he will give you the names and details of his encounters.

  11. Hey all, finally found Jessica. And Van, one of the older coffee gals who’s managing an AMP now. Still looking for Sayla now baber shop is closed. Hit me up at bigtitlover171@gmail if you want to trade info.

    1. Did you mean Jessica of CQ? Did barber shop next to VCafe close?

      I still wonder where Tiffany is working now.

      1. Yes barber shop closed months back. They were really blatant, which didn’t help. Both Sayla and Summer. I don’t see Sayla working a normal job given how much of money grubbing hoe she is.

        1. I forgot the name of Sayla, but I remember Summer. They are sisters according to Summer.

      2. Oh, I so wish she would do massage or something as she has just fantastic tits. Sadly, last I heard is she’s not working anywhere…

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