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

1,973 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. When was the list last updated? Becca hasn’t worked at EQ since December of last year. Can we get an update on listings?

    1. If god bless me tomorrow with winning the lottery. Here are how I use the money :
      1) 50 percent for myself.
      2)30 percent for the parent ( whom worked hard and raised me )
      3)15 percent for my charity foundation.( building a facitity for homeless children, elderly , and handicap people .Lastly adopting a child).
      4. 5 percent for anyone who helped with my financial and school. Ok

    2. Staff info is outdated unless it’s updated monthly rather than annually. Best bet is look at current posts and go to shops to talk to girls for their schedule and ask owners who works when. . EQ Rebecca Ngoc angel are gone.

      1. Ur happy to be a mom because u have money bitch. Are you still happy to be a mom if you don’t have money ?

        1. Someone there says she’s gone. Dont know where. These girls return at some point maybe. Or not.

  2. Yes, Happy Hunter, I understand Linh went by “Lena” @ QC to avoid confusion due to “Linh” being the name of the historic proprietor. As I recall, she told me that. I’m delighted she’s now at NE!

      1. CoffeeONtully–Lena/Ling is friendly Vietnamese with dimples & high cheekbones. Busty, nice shape but not slim. Smiles freely, not a child, about 40 yrs.
        Medium length, brown hair, which I recall black before.

        A doll. Go to NE & enjoy! But suggest that Mammasan have the restroom doors cleaned.

          1. Coffeebraker Can you ask Lena-Linh What days and were is she doing massage. She is no longer at the place she was last month. I met up with her a couple times. when she got off work at CQ Please let us Know Thanks HH

          1. yes can you tell me when she does coffee? last time i dropped by NE the parking lot really stank of homelessness!

          2. Yes hang out for the homeless-tweakers Last time I was there my car was broken into. That is why I not go to NE anymore.

        1. Happy Hunter & coffeeONtully–Lena/Linh said she works 10 -7 at NE. I don’t know which days or if she works anywhere else. Go on in & ask her. She’s nice.

          Yes, the parking lot sucks so tether your donkey out front of CVS. Then you can suggest the boss have those bathroom doors cleaned. The girls must touch them coming out to make/serve your coffee. Mammasan seems real classy, so her leaving the restroom doors filthy mystified me.

      2. I never give out money or do anything for free to anyone. Every pennies I give out always include a reason with it. It either luck from god , other paid me or did something for free. Money is hard earned. The only money I would give out without a reason is lottery money which I think it would be super hard for anyone to get it.

    1. It is very difficult to choose between money and school but it is very easy to choose money and stupid friendship. Of course I would money over stupid friendship. Stupid little friends do not give me a place to live and feed my mouth and money can do it all.

      Tien va bang cap rat kho chon boi vi hai em nay rat Quan trong voi minh. Neu Hoi minh tien va cho ban be thi rat dze cho minh cho. Cho ban dau co cho minh mot cho o va mot bua an ma Chinh la Dong tien cho Minh ca has

  3. LOOK PEOPLE , THIS IS THE LAST TIME I POST THIS . FOR ANYONE OUT THERE IN LIFE THINK THAT I WILL GIVE YOU MONEY WITHOUT A REASON THEN IT IS IN YOUR FUCKING DREAM . MONEY IS HARD EARNED AND I WILL NEVER GIVE OUT TO ANYONE WITHOUT A REASON NOT EVEN A CENT . PLEASE DON’T USE STUPID CONCEPT LIKE FRIENDSHIP , RELATIVES , AND LOVE TO GET ME TO GIVE OUT MY HARD EARNED MONEY . TO ME FRIENDSHIP ,RELATIVES , AND LOVE ARE NOTHING .Ok

    1. It is hard to get money. Fuck anyone who would think that they can get money from others so easily or use some form of love or friendship to get the money . Money is hard earned and it is super important than anything else on earth .

  4. Does anyone know Tiffany’s schedule so that We don’t stalk her? And how risque is the asian cashier at EM? I’m not a fan of the non-asian waitresses.

    1. Work hard to see if I can home one these lovely baby by December . Willing to work super hard in all aspects in this life for my own SELF to benefit . If it is for other then I will stop working hard.

    1. Lena, Nancy & Lisa at NE this afternoon. All friendly & looking great! Great afternoon to go in.

      Thanks, again, to Jake for the tip that Lena is at NE.

    2. All for me and the parents because they raised me and help me many things in life .I’m not stupid like other Asian people doesn’t spend money and save it for their low -ass children and grandchildren.Who give a fuck about others .I only care and treat myself luxury.

    1. New Year Eve’s place to be :
      2018 – New York City.
      2019- Hong Kong.
      2020- Paris ,France.
      2021-London , England.
      2022- Sysdney , Australia again after 7 years since 2015 .

    1. Money is super important than a human being. A human being is NOTHING compare to money. Money will give you everything in life and a stupid human being don’t. So I always put myself and money as the number one in this life. Nothing and no one is important than myself and money.

  5. Who is working QC today?
    Happy Hunter, what was fun about the barber shop next to the old 408?

        1. ping grasshopper. i think he is an admin over there.

          Grasshopper if you are reading this message. can you help us an login account or tell us what to do?

          1. Sorry guys, but I am not an admin there, only a member. Check back there periodically, and maybe the registration link will be fixed

          2. YOUR STUPID LITTLE FRIENDS AND SPOUSE DO NOT HELP YOU PAY YOUR BILLS .ONLY YOU WILL HELP YOUR OWN SELF PAY YOUR BILLS .

      1. They snagged me today on the way to QC.. So now I know. They are indeed outrageously hot.

          1. Nate, she is friendly. She was a big improvement at QC while she was there. Please tell me where you saw her.

          2. Is Lena actually Linh? That was at Café Quyen about a month ago? The same girl that was at Healthy Queen and many other massage places. Went by Jessica at the massage places. Nice and friendly would always meat my needs.

        1. I was referring to the hot barbershop girls near the old 408, which Happy Hunter was talking about on 9/7.

          1. Life is short and unpredictable . Make sure treat yourself with luxury first then concern about others . Do not put others before yourself . Always put yourself first before others .

          1. Tried to stop by the barber shop at 11 today and they were closed still.

          2. Just go to the door. Look inside always there. Maybe forget to change sign. I was there yesterday morning

        1. Lena, Nancy & Lisa at NE this afternoon. All friendly & looking great! Great afternoon to go in.

          Thanks, again, to Nate & Mikeng95050 for the tips that Lena is at NE!

          1. Money is not for free and have the price of it. Only stupid people would give other free money when they work their ass off for it. Smart people give away money with reasons and price along with it.

  6. Was going to QC today. Was stop by a girl at the barber shop next to the old 408 café. Some nice looking girls. Never made it to QC

    1. I passed by there many times and I saw one gal always wear high heels there, but she is on the older side. Did you have fun there?

          1. Yes she was only wearing a white lab coat. If you see a girl you like Insist on her or walk. They will push the older ones if they can.

    1. Always love and respect yourself because no one will do it for you . Your stupid little friends , relatives , family, siblings , and spouse never love and respect you than you do it for your own self . I always respect , love , and care for myself . I would do everything under my control to protect , love , care , and respect myself . I would never do it for others except my own self .

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