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
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)   (
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 820415021345938/?fref=ts
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  (
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 (
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.

2,834 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Super bowl Sunday I’d go to places that feel more roomy, serve food beer and clean restrooms, big TVs.
    Maybe Remedy Hot spot paradise

    Years ago a small night spot did a super bowl party and brought in bunch of girls. Lot of food liquor and girls. It was a blast.

  2. You were right,BJ, I’d like to know if Thao’s working today. Who else is working NE? Who’s working EQ?
    Boss ladies–Closed captions on the tv news programs are important. The fake news at EQ, as I recall, doesn’t have them. (Offering Fox News or OAN would present balanced info. for us.) I’d rather watch the Senate hearings at your shops than all alone at home.

    1. @Lady Boss Trang, please stop showing CNN and MSNBC in your shop. Everyone knows CNN and MSNBC are freaking fake news.

      CNN = Clown News Network, Communist News Network, Clinton News Network, Cafe News Network


  3. BJ or anyone–Is Thao working NE today,? Who else? …….
    Who’s working EQ?

    Boss ladies–closed captions news channels would really be helpful so we see the fake news being presented. Adding Fox News would allow patrons to compare what is being said. 🙂

    1. Thao is always working at NE! guarantees in life… tax, death and thao working at NE. It will be news if she doesn’t work. go see her dude before she quits!

  4. Which shop should I go to watch Super Bowl? It won’t be the same not seeing Robert “Handjob King” Kraft this year. Do you think he wears that blue shirt with the white collar when he’s getting handjobs?

  5. strip club got pissed that EQ is taking their business. They hired a guy to film customers do more than drink coffee. Once they identify enough people in the video, they will sue EQ and subpoena all the people identified to testify. This guy filmed for months.

    1. That is one cockamamy scheme. Maybe the strip clubs should just stop sucking and give people a reason to go.

      1. This is such old news. Latest is the fbi, cia, dea, dhs and latest world heath org are all having an active sting operation at EQ. So be prepared to get interrogated, water boarded, locked up in an Ice detention center, quarantined for corona virus and eventually deported to mexico once the shit hits the fan. You have been warned.

  6. Is it true that the girls are wearing basketball outfits in memory of Kobie Bryan?

  7. EQ is gonna get shutdown.
    Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    Customers better not be in the shop when it happens

    1. Can’t get arrested for drinking coffee. I’m go there daily and wait to get cuffed or cited

      1. Eventually EQ might shut down due to lack of business, but I think boss lady will restart shows long before that happens.

        1. Doubt it. Me and a buddy did a back-of-the-envelope to figure it’s does at least $500K/year. All in cash to boot. Boss lady is doing well.

    1. no. she quit NE. working at paradise only but she could surface at NE again. NE is not worth going unless you want to see thao all the time like coffeebraker does?

      1. Thanks for the 411. Agreed not worth going. Janet was the only reason to drive from SF2SJ. Hopefully Janet will resurface at NE soon. I’ve got a big hand tip waiting for her.

  8. EQ: Alina, An Ngoc, Gabby, Michelle, and Nikki. Good coffee!
    NE: Heather, Thao, Lisa, and Tiffany. Heather is high and drunk.

        1. If you want to see CQ Tiffany. Need to start telling the Boss to get her to come in. Would like to see her in EQ dress attire. She was getting playful at EQ

          1. I don’t think we’ll see that Tiffany at the coffee shops again. Too bad, she was a good one.

          2. I doubt Tiffany would ever go for BL!

            If CQ reopens, Tiffany will be there!

            CQ was closed for a year. I don’t know if the owner is still trying to re-open CQ.

            Today is Lunar new year, it reminds me of Jessica of CQ. She looks good in Ao Dai, Vietnamese dress.

            Anyone has info of ex-CQ girls, let me know.

          3. Tiffany just did TL seen her one time show BL for a selected few. There was some talk she might come to EQ. Jessica is still doing massage. Told me she will never do coffee.

          4. I did see Tiffany BL She was showing for some old guys right before they closed down. Before that just pasties and some TL. I heard she might be at EQ someday.

    1. I visited EQ and it is same show…my last visit EQ…whr as NE is pretty better.. heather, Thao, Droma and one more..

        1. Sure froggy…i am also more fan of EQ then NE…

          Anyone knows why EQ’s no show from last 3-4 weeks and if it is gonna be like this forever now

          1. Yeap… Same old stuff everytime I have been this last couple of weeks. Better go somewhere else if you want to have the girls to smile. Most likely will be like this for a while! : (

  9. Outfits at EQ were nice yesterday. Lacy coverups and revealing. Upcoming New Year must have had something to do with the show? Or is this standard for EQ now? Hadn’t gone in a while.

          1. If that’s true then what a shame. I always liked seeing her at NE. That caboose is amazing.

          2. I did notice Kristy was back after not seeing her for a long time, so someone NE must have lost one of the girls to make room for her. I like Kristy, she’s so friendly.

          3. Oh no, I’ll miss Janet. Is her outfit at paradise as good as NE? I’ve never been there.

  10. I swear Missy at Fantasy Cafe is a hoot. Her and Cathy put on quite a show but I gotta ask. Is Missy a lesbian now too?

    I saw her and another girl all over each other a bit ago and damn I’m curious if she is a carpet muncher? I’m not talking the usual stuff those girls pull, I mean they were really all over each other and the other girl was definitely putting off lesbian vibes.

      1. I just met them but they both seem hella cool too. Seems a waste that missy and her only do girls now.

  11. Which do you think has better game on weekends than weekdays? Sun mornings at EQ seem better than weekdays nowadays

  12. My poem for when it is in the future and I am married to my dream girl (and have legally adopted her child):

    Oh coffee shop girl,
    Your ex-boyfriend is out of prison,
    I’ll see you later tonight I guess,
    I hope he wears a condom this time.

  13. Here’s a poem I plaguerized for the ne & em mamasans–“Hey good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?” in your line-up today?

  14. Here’s my poem:

    Oh coffee shop girl
    With your nipples so proud
    I wish you would wear boots
    So I could lick them

    Oh coffee shop girl

    1. Wait a minute… aren’t you the guy doing dildo shows? I’ll take the poems over your show any day. Lol.

  15. On behalf of the girls, I give you back a poem (will translate into English in next comment):
    Tiền thì chẳng tip cho em
    Mà sao cứ thích ‘bóc tem’ không à
    Tiền em không phí đâu mà
    Em để nuôi mẹ, nuôi bà, nuôi con
    Anh ngồi, anh uống, anh dòm
    Còn em dọn dẹp muốn khòm cái lưng
    Anh muốn em làm cục cưng
    Chăm em, mua sắm, em mừng lắm thay
    Chứ đừng nói lời độc cay
    Để em kiếm ít, sau này nuôi thân.

    1. Translated into English:

      “You don’t hand out the tip,
      But keep asking the show.
      I won’t waste the money
      I need it to take care of my mom, my grandma, my children
      While you sit, drink and watch
      I have to clean up the tables, and feel very tired
      It would be great when you want me to be your honey, and you take care of me, going shopping with me, I’m very glad.
      Just don’t say the bad complaints,
      I need to work and take care of my life.”
      Lol, just a few bucks of coffee, enjoys and don’t ask so much. Have fun, guys.

      1. Response to Olala!

        I love your poem very good.
        Here is another one from my grandma, mom, and aunties!

        bà ngoại thương

        Con đi đến quán cà phê nhưng không vứt đi
        tương lai.
        Con nho bà ngoại, mẹ và các dì nuôi con mạnh mẽ.
        Vì vậy, đừng vất vả kiếm tiền từ những cô gái ngốc nghếch. Làm việc chăm chỉ và sớm con sẽ mua nhà riêng của con.
        Và một ngày nào đó con sẽ tìm thấy một người phụ nữ tốt như bà ngoại của con sẽ yêu con suốt đời.

        Here is the translation
        “Grandma loves you!”

        Grandson do not go to the café and give away your future.
        Remember your grandmother, mother and aunties that raised you,
        So do not throw way your hard earn money on silly girls.
        Keep working hard and in a year you will own your own house.
        And someday you will find a kind hearted lady like your grandmother
        Who will love you for life.

        1. I’m sorry that I hurt you grandma. I won’t go anymore. Wait, you’re dead. Phew. That was close. Cafe Sua Dá Mañana.

  16. My VCSG
    My Viet coffee shop girlfriend, it’s so great to see you.
    My Viet coffee shop girlfriend, are you happy to see me too?
    I’ve been planning my trip there and checking the site.
    I’ve been saving my dollars cuz u said that’s what you like.
    I’m waiting my turn while your dying slowly
    Cuz I know you have to fake it with them but are honest with me.
    Finally you come, we share a smile and a chat
    I give you some money but now where are you at?
    ╮(・_・)╭ I’ll be back tomorrow though.

  17. Jdog1234 & Anonymous–Thank you for your poems (yesterday 17:20 & 21:11) about the coffee girls interest being principally about $$$$. You seem to be writing about my ex-girlie-friend 🙂 Maybe she’s a coffee-girl. Ha ha

    1. Is Olala telling us Linh cua QC is working EQ hôm?
      Can anyone confirm và who’s working eq & ne today?

      1. Ngoc Anh is the cute Viet girl who has been working (again) at EQ last few weeks.
        Alina had a hardcore party yesterday so she is sick and cannot come today, lol.

  18. I had a date with a pretty coffee girl
    Her hair so brilliant that it hurt my eyes,
    I asked her for her number and then she obliged me
    Was I surprised, yeah, no not at all
    I called her yesterday, it should have been tomorrow
    I could not keep this joy that was inside,
    I beg for her to tell me if she really loved me,
    Some where a mountain is moving
    Afraid it’s moving without me.

  19. I want to write a poem.

    Vietnamese Gurl

    Vietnamese Gurl Why you so mean?
    When I come to the counter to say Hi,
    You eyes meet me with glaring eyes.
    But than I show you my my bank account,
    Finally you are all smiles.
    You are a mystery.


    1. Viet ho’s are like that man. Happen to me to. I don’t handtip, bitches ignore me. when i handtip, they smile and giggle and then go to the next sucker to get his handtip.

        1. They need to learn good customer service = good tips. At least make a effort we Viets need to improve our public image.

    2. Vietnamese girls why are you so mean
      I just want you to be in my team
      I always say hi
      But you never look at my eyes
      After I show you my bank book
      You start having a smiling look
      Please shake your booty and smile more
      You’re the one I adore

    3. BJ & Anonymous–Thank you for your poems (yesterday 17:20 & 21:11) about the coffee girls interest being principally about $$$$. You seem to be writing about my ex-girlie-friend 🙂 Maybe she’s a coffee-girl. Ha ha

      1. CORRECTION–Thanks to Jdog1234, không BJ, for the poem. Maybe someone can offer a
        poem telling who is working em & ne today.

  20. If you want Mel back, try telling her cousin Alina.
    Who is working EQ và NE today?
    L, are u ok?

  21. Boycotting EQ helps everyone.
    It gives power to the hot ones like Mel.
    Support Mel and boycott EQ until mel returns with a bonus salary

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