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.

3,589 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Good to see Jaz at NE today. Sad to see EQ closed. Anyone know if Abby is still working at NE? I liked her.

      1. Is this NE Abby hotter than EQ Mel? Haven’t seen her yet, and would be great to know before I take a hike up there. Of course beauty is in the eyes of bla bla bla, but what do you guys generally think? TIA ninjas!

        1. No, Mel is objectively hotter but Abby is a latina with a very cute face and pretty good body.

  2. If you want the coffee shops to be opened like the good old days, then make an effort to recall the tyrant Gavin Gruesome.

    We still have until of March 2021. So go to recallgavin2020 dot com and sign the petition to recall the Gavin Nuisance.

    recallgavin2020 dot com

    Let’s kick that b*stard out of office!

  3. If you want the coffee shops to be opened like the good old days, then make an effort to recall the tyrant Gavin Gruesome.

    recallgavin2020 dot com

    Let’s kick that b*stard out of office!

      1. Trump is our hope for a vaccine. The New guy will be Biden his time. Who is working NE’s patio this morning?

      2. What ladies are working NE’s patio?
        Fan, hopefully Trump will indeed get a vaccine distributed before senile Biden can screw up the effort. Eq

          1. Yep 2 small tents but eq is closed. Citation on door with fines for covid regulations. Also fines for the new tents not meeting required spacing. Total bummer.

          2. Sounds like enough to open an invite only coffee house speakeasy kind of thing til everyone get vaccinated.

      1. So is eq closed? I was about to stop by but don’t want to drive out there if it is. Thanks.

          1. No idea but since Shelter In Place part deux is in effect tomorrow (11/17) they would have closed anyway. Reminiscing about CQ…

  4. EQ is so much better in the morning! Get your EQ fix before they’re forced to close down.

  5. In response to the incredible negative feelings and frankly trash-talking, I will be hosting a press event at the San Jose Fairmont where I will be announcing several lawsuits against some very unfair behavior! STAND BY!!!

    1. A small update — this will be at Fairmont Garden Supply, which is my great brother-in-law’s business! STAND BACK AND STAND BY!

    1. This report is coming a bit too late but will post anyways. NE Jenny and Stephanie. Stephanie is adorable and after not seeing her for a while it is nice to see her back. I think she will be there tomorrow too.

    1. We will all cry before senile Joe Biden-his-time manages to get a vaccine distributed.

  6. I’m visiting from garden grove. at EQ are any girls like Alina available after hours?

  7. NEbody knows what happened to the island sisters, Gabby and Michelle from EQ?

    1. Not a fan of the sisters. Hardly ever smiling and the outfits aren’t as nice as the others. I prefer Alina, Mel, Nikki, Deanna, & Mai. Who are your favorites at EQ and NE? My top are Alina and Mel @ EQ and Lisa and Isabel @ NE.

        1. I don’t have any solid info, but it’s a good bet that Melanie will be working Thursday and Friday, or at least one of those days. Nikki and Mai will most likely be working the weekend.

          1. She must have left, for some reason. All you had to do was asked Quyen if Alina was there in the morning.

  8. Went to my favorite strip club in Rancho Cordova. They said current plan is to open in Jan. Probably optimistic.

    In the meantime, I have extra cash to spend on coffee girls.

  9. Any reports today. I’m a Lil hungover and trying to see if it’s worth dragging myself over there 🙂
    Would love an update Thanks in advance

  10. i heard there’s a whatsapp group where ninjas are trading info. Anyone know how to get added?

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