Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this list, but here are Mr. Nguyen’s latest rankings for the San Jose coffee shops.   There are some new cafes that have sprung up as well as a few that have changed locations. Some have closed as well. The rankings reflect the cafes as a whole (girls, venue, coffee, food, service, girls, smoking/non-smoking, and girls).

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1.  Em Quyen
1998 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
I believe the general consensus is that Em Quyen is the best 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 #1. 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.  Deanna, Alina, and Melanie keep EQ one of the best cafes in San Jose.  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 5PM.

2. Paradise Cafe
2400 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
www.instagram.com/cafeparadise408
Paradise remains #1 in my books because of hospitality and talent. Their staff remains top notch in San Jose, and at any given time, they have about 3 or 4 girls working in lingerie. Their notables include Christine, Kelly, Janet, and Jenny. Sadly, Ruby Renegade left, and she will be greatly missed. 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 food options at their shop as well as many options around the café for those engineers looking for a spot to eat and drink Viet coffee. I believe this is the only remaining SJ coffee shop with $5 coffee.

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 Kathy, Nhi, Nhi, Jaylynn, and boss lady, Thuy-Anh and sisters, Mai and PA. 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.  Beer is now on the menu. Coffee is $6/cup.  Visit their Instagram site to get updates on who is working.

4. 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 year. They’ve lost Nicole, arguably the hottest viet café waitress of all time. 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.  Tran, Kathy, Missy, and a few other 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.  Fantasy and Dream Cafe have banned the smoking inside all day and night.  Coffee is $6/cup.

5. Remedy Cafe  (www.instagram.com/remedy.sj)
1150 Murphy Ave. Suite C
San Jose, CA
Remedy is a new café in San Jose located on the corner of Murphy Ave. and Old Oakland happens to be conveniently located near my office making it easy for me to come here during my lunch break. Ngoc (a.k.a Lily and Roxanne) of EQ fame owns this shop, and she wisely chose a location near all the tech companies along North First Street. Remedy is an excellent café, and from the start, Ngoc has run this place the way I would if I ever owned a café. The talent level is
excellent, the place is non-smoking and clean, there are plenty of TVs, food is great, music is good but not deafening, and the vibe is chill. At any given time, there are two waitresses working. They are extremely friendly and have been known to sit down and chit chat. Typical attire is skirts and bra or bikini. Coffee is $6/cup. You can visit their Instagram site to get updates on who’s working.

6.  Nguyen Espresso
1659 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95122
I’ve decided to move NE up to the #6 spot. They have improved the talent level, but I still believe the top 5 have the best talent. 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.

7.  Palm Café (www.instagram.com/palm.cafe)
1969 Tully Rd. San Jose, CA 95122
I decided to move Palm Café to #7, 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. Waitresses are generally hot. Julie, Tina, and
Kathy are their notables. You can view their roster on their Instagram. They do serve beer here, which bumps this place up a few spots.

8. Pandora Café (Closed.)
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.

9. 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.

10. 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..

11. Tylan Café
Capitol Ave.
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. But they do have their loyal regulars there.

12. V Café
1692 Tully Rd. Ste 1, San Jose, CA 95122 – behind National Summit bank. Next to former Quyen Café.

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

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

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

5,568 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Anyone else getting tired of the Happy Hour shakedowns at EQ? Only 2 minutes of that Happy Hour view isn’t worth my hard earned $20. But I’d pay $100 tips per day if Ngoc or Becca or Alina is in Happy Hour outfit all day, like Mel used to.

    1. Well you’ll be happy to know HH is no longer happening. Personally, I liked it. It was a fun show. You don’t have to tip each girl 5. Just tip the one you like 5 and the others a couple bucks.
      Imo the HH is better than Ngoc, Kate, Joanie etc standing at your table awkwardly waiting for a tip. That shake down is uncomfortable.
      Besides, HH made the girls good money and if the word gets out that there is money to be made, better talent applys for work.

      1. All good points, thank you! I still think each girl could make a lot more money if they simply followed Mel’s footsteps of Happy Hour All Day. And I am pretty sure most customers would’ve been happy too. Would have been win-win, oh well.

  2. Well fellas bad news. The recent LE involvement has set the scene back a bit. No more happy hour and it’s only lifted skirts, no open views up top. Tip and touch is still there but to a lesser degree. Even Brittney doesn’t give you that special experience anymore.
    Imo the two shops aren’t real worth visiting right now. The talent isn’t at a high level and the experience is even less. Especially since the shops raised all their prices.
    Stay away from the EQ/NE till they bring back Happy Hour and/or get better talent.
    DV may be hit or miss, but at least it’s a good time when it’s a hit.

    1. Heard from folks that too many people talking too much on online forums and that’s what is getting them in trouble. Including exagerrations from people who want to push certain shops. Anybody who goes there for a while now knows that things are pretty tame there compared to the golden years 10+ years ago.

    2. DV is always a miss unfortunately. Telling people to stay away from the other two shops ?? Sounds a little suspect here don’t you think?

      1. Wasn’t a miss today. They even had a new girl. Staying away from an inferior product is the only way way to get the boss lady’s to up their game. EQ/NE get to comfortable cuz for the longest they were the only game in town. They were on the right track with happy hour, but now that’s gone and the girls are not even going TL, meanwhile they keep increasing the drink prices.
        In the end you all are going to do what you want. I’m just making a suggestion. SJ scene is far from the OC scene but at least DV is making an effort.

        1. DV drink price are the same as the others, don’t get what you are trying to say about “keep increasing prices”. By “keep increasing prices”, you mean the LD prices from DV? ($20 increased to $60 in a day or two) By making an effort, you mean charging people $60 for a minute LD?

          1. 60 they must have seen you for a sucker haha. Every time I’ve been there it’s been 40. And the dances were longer than most strip clubs. As a matter of fact some of the EQ girls were giving dances and they were shorter and nowhere near as good.
            As for talent, I’m not going to call out names, but every girl can be picked apart. Fact is Since Alina and Janet left the scene none of the shops have any stunners. So it’s a wash on the talent. My point is DV is making an effort to make the shop fun. Not like the others where the girls are getting yelled at every 5 seconds. And the dragon lady bosses sit there looking Jaded and Bitter.

          2. Didn’t you just prove the point about “keep increasing prices” Didn’t it started $20, then someone (Mando??) said Sue asking $60, now you’re saying $40. They are ripping off suckers for sure. Guess someone is bitter that Alina probably took his $40 tip and gave him a hug instead of an LD so had to say negative things about EQ and praise DV because he’s so happy with his less than a minute $40 LD.

        2. Inferior products? You mean having mid to late 40’s ex-NE Viet waitresses? Sue with a big belly? Jayden, a stripper from SF strip club 15-20 years ago?

      2. None of The girls employed here have ever told anybody not to go to the other club there’s enough money for everybody to eat I’ve never seen so many grown man gossip likes females until I got on this page can’t we all just have a great time and drink coffee with beautiful women …

        1. And yet here you are. Let me guess you’re over 60 and don’t have a social media presence? Well let me fill you in, discussion boards are a part of the internet. Ever heard of reddit? Also gossiping and discussing are two different things. Look up the definitions.

          1. LOL. You just accused Paris of being over 60 🙂
            Don’t worry Paris, a lot of people at the shop are cool. The loudest voices on these forums are not representative of the typical customer.

  3. DV: no paris, Sue, V, V’s friend, Maria, and another gorgeous girl; Girls are now wearing nightgowns (uniform V says); LD corcheas are now in the back, right in front of the counter

  4. Which is best bet for LDs in Garden Grove — DDs, Cafe 368, or Cafe Lu?
    No LDs at Cafe 168 and Starz yet?

      1. not 269, unless just recently. They were raided awhile back and were strictly pg as recently as Halloween.

  5. How’s NE these days. It’s been a while since I’ve been there but feeling like going back to my roots.

  6. I went there today during lunch (12 ish) to see what’s the hype was. Pretty dead, only like 10 customers watching the soccer game. Three Viet (the 2 owners + 1) and two non-Asian girls. 5 ladies total. Seems like the two non-Asian girls are the ones doing LD. Talked to Paris and she quote me $40 for LD so I declined. Saw Sue giving LDs to two patrons, maybe she charge cheaper?? hence they buy from her and not Paris? The dances are less than a minute long, performed on the two couches when the owner turn on some music. Sue never talked to me, so I don’t know if the prices are standard or individually priced. Stayed there for an hour and only saw two LDs performed.

    1. nice review..its definately hyped and feel like viets interact with only asian customers..may b jus my observation

    2. Looks like DV is doing market research. One day girl quotes 20 for LD, another day 60. Do your part guys, and don’t pay a penny over 20.

    3. When I was there they quoted 20. So if there are fools paying more that ruins it for the rest of us…smh

      1. Probably they can recognize regular patrons versus non-regular/new patrons and say whatever price they want, hoping some will fall for it. No wonder fewer or no one is buying LDs anymore. They really limited themselves with greed.

  7. I still think EQ talent >> DV talent.

    Don’t get me wrong lap dances are fun but the talent is better at EQ… only if they did lap dances..:

    Anyways glad there is more shops that are more revealing, EQ,DV,NE hopefully we get to the level of OC 1 day.

        1. 20 seems a fair price for what you get there. Jayden tried quoting me 30 and I said good bye to her. Others have been doing 20. Not that it makes a huge difference but if I’m gonna blow a 100 there, I’d rather get 5 dances than 3

          1. $20 per song is cheap post-COVID inflation, if it includes touching.

    1. MelAndAlinaHunter69 said “hopefully we get to the level of OC 1 day
      Hopefully we get to the level of Tijuana one day 🙂 I know it won’t happen but hey, we can dream, right?

  8. Why is DV ranked higher than EQ? Are these just TV employees posting or should I break rank and start going to the DV.

    1. Have you checked out DV recently, dances there are to die for . Especially Jayden today, she use to work at EQ.

      1. The blonde Jayden? She used to be a stripper in SF’s Crazy Horse and her name was Karma.

    2. You should break rank. It will help bring Alina back to EQ.

      Goto dV now is like buying apple stocks during its IPO.

  9. DV today have 5 girls today,
    super hot Yayden and Sue, Paris, Jen, Nhi
    stop buy very fun and super busy
    love DV place, more space and DV in counter very
    nice, love n for sure to come back again

  10. Update
    1) DV
    2) EQ
    3) Remedy
    4) Fantasy
    5) Paradise
    5) NE
    7) Starbucks, Pete’s Coffee
    8) Palm
    9) Hotspot
    10) LuvCafe

    1. I don’t see the hype with DV Cafe. Two old Viet ladies (late 40’s) in lingerie, old men grabbing their behinds. Someone mentioned it’s $6 coffee but it’s the standard $8. Maybe there’s more girls later in the day but that’s it for me. Back to EQ so you guys can have more seats at DV. Good Luck.

  11. Late report, was busy. But hope folks get the purpose of these posts…

    11/18/22: EQ 4 servers, DV 5 servers, Fantasy 2 servers

    Who is working? Sharing is 2-way street. Post line-ups on MrN! We’ll contact u if you have done enough (or gmail my ID). Important: You must be posting lineups here using the same MrN ID or you won’t be considered.

  12. Any report about who’s working at EQ or NE, to see if it’s worth the drive.
    thank you.

  13. DV today super hot, Mary and her little sister so sexy
    and brazilian girl n Paris hotttttt,stop by morning and come back afternoon today too

    1. How is DV this morning?
      Any good couch action? Wish Mary would entertain on the couch

    2. Don’t think Jessica is back at NE yet, think she still on vacation. Rumor has it she’s getting a butt lift.

    1. Does this mean girls are walking around with tops down or still covered up at NE?

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