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

2,926 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Just curious is there a time limit to be at these coffee shop in SJ? Reason why I asked is that they cleaned the table when I stepped out for a minute. I asked where is my tea and that’s when the owner of NE asked me if I want to stay longer I need buy eith coffee or smoothie so I just left like that.

  2. Who’s appeared for the late shift at NE?

    Hey, CoffeeDranker, in regard to your 3/6 post abouy Lily, what is “RBF”? She’s gorgeous, but I haven’t gone to her coffees hop because she is unfriendly

    1. IMO when I tried chatting it up with her as she knows of me from her EQ days, she’s just been all stuck up. So I gave up on her and her resting bitch face, and just became friendly with her employees instead. I go to Remedy for the coffee, food and the other girls, but not for her.

  3. Mr NGUYEN: I would say Dream cafe has the slight edge over Fantasy cafe because the ladies are slim fit than EQ and NGUYEN Expresso.

  4. Guys 99% of these are big time gold diggers or a bunch HO’s if you guys have money that great but won’t last since they are $$$ hunger!! I still believe either OC is the cream of the crop but need more $$$ if you want to go for the home run on them!!!

  5. EM Quyen What does it take to get to VIP seat behind the counter. Was in there Friday morning. Guy was sitting behind the counter next to Quyen The girls were all over him. One of the servers say VIP

    1. What do you think it will take? These girls are all money hungry ho’s… $$$$ is all it takes.

      1. If you walk in with a stash of cash, probably you can sit in the back.
        I think if you and your friends go there early, you can have those seats.
        Money talks!

  6. Coming from OC is a lot different in SJ vn cafes.

    OC cafe a lot friendlier since they talk to new comers . SJ most of them spend their time in the phone after serving the customers. Seems that fantasy cafe has only 2 girls all the time due to not being a full house compared paradise Cafe or EQ.

    1. I agree. There is no comparison. The OC girls are freindlier. The SJ girls are stuck up and they feel they are entitled to big tips.

        1. I agree with Im_gay. Just look but don’t touch. If lots of money then easily become a sugar daddy

  7. Coming from OC is a lot different in SJ.
    From what I have seen in SJ most of these girls spend most of the time on their phones behind the counter.
    Yes only a few of them chit chat here and there.

    I see that Fantasy cafe has only 2 girls all the time due to not being a full house. compared to EQ and Paradise
    Cafe.

    If you guys want to make a road trip down to OC check out 168 and 368 (same owner) you will see the difference between OC and SJ

  8. Where’s the party this morning? EQ or NE? Who’s working?
    Anyone @ NE after 2pm, pls let us know the late shift.

  9. Does Nam ever show?? She’s not as young as the others, but it looks like she has quite a rack.

  10. Somebody told me V Cafe has been closed for a couple days? Wasn’t any eye candy there but they were open late and had decent food.

  11. EQ or NE today? Tall Jasmine, the new, friendly 1/2 Viet said she’d be at EQ today. (Jaketran, I posted this morning replying to your 3/18 question, although it might be redundant.)

    Any sitings of the new, very short, cute, blond at EQ this week? Name possibly Lily.

    1. Is there a reason why some days there is a show at EQ and other days no show? The times I’ve gone seems like less than half the time there is a show.

        1. I usually go around lunch time on Tues or Thurs. I went today there was no show. I went last week at lunch was no show, but week before there was show.

        2. I went there today at lunch time – no show. I usually go Tues or Thurs at lunch. Recently no show – a couple of weeks ago there was show.

    1. Jaketran–Your tall, half-Asian is at EQ this morning. She says her name is Jasmine. She’s very friendly. Jessica, Nam and a new blond Asian, not the short one who was here recently though:(

      1. Coffebraker…thanks for the info. EQ is is stepping up their game. NE needs to follow in their path….or get Janet back.

        1. I told Janet we missed her at NE. She said she likes it at Paradise, but it doesn’t hurt to ask more–Janet & mamasan.

  12. Doe anyone have the name of the half asian half white server at EQ? Is she one of the new servers?

      1. Coffebraker! Ur not missing anything. Its not worth seeing :((
        only Ngoc Anh but most of the time she doesnt show much.

          1. Ngoc has a pointed nose; and she has long hair.

            She doesn’t have a thick body!

      2. Coffebraker…her hair is black and she’s tall. She looks half asian. I think she’s new.

        1. Jaketran, the tall 1/2 Asian at EQ is Jasmine, very friendly/pleasant. She said she’d be there today. Talk to her & she’ll respond. There was a short blond there one day last week who was extremely cute, pleasingly plump.

          Any word from the field? NE or EM?

    1. You are not telling us Aja who is in the video is the one serving coffee at EQ are you?

      I didn’t get to meet Aja at EQ yet! So I don’t know how she looks.

  13. The 2 new gals at EQ are good hires. Are they working this morning? Who’s there?

    NE? Is Jasmine there. Always a smile from Jasmine:)

      1. This is another good example why money is extremely important. Fuck any of you low-life and bitchess who believes money is nothing. Wait until you are in the situation like these people then you will know huh. I

  14. The EQ posts responding to my question we’re correct. Looks like a good place to be tomorrow morning, I bet it will be crowded.

        1. EQ 3/16
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:06 am

          It feels like party time at EQ this morning. Four servers, two of which are new Asian girls.
          Jessica, Ngoc, Lily ( new girl), and IDK (new girl, Thai).
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          Re: EQ 3/16
          Postby Rocket Man » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:22 am

          Wow. 2 new girls

          No Becca? Hmmm.

          Thanks GH.
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          Re: EQ 3/16
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:34 am

          The other new girl (Thai) is named Aja. I like her, similar body style as Rebecca.
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          Re: EQ 3/16
          Postby Grendel » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:36 am

          Is this the Ana working today?

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          Re: EQ 3/16
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:41 am

          Grendel wrote:
          Is this the Ana working today?
          Yes, that is the one. Today is her first day. She seems confident and friendly.

        2. NE 3/15
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:46 am

          Thoa, Yvonne, and l think her name is Stephanie (blond Asian with bog nose).
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          Re: NE 3/15
          Postby Rocket Man » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:51 am

          Yes, Steph.

          Thanks GH for the double.
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          Re: NE 3/15
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:59 am

          Rocket Man wrote:
          Yes, Steph.

          Thanks GH for the double.

          That’s me going the extra mile for you guys. I didn’t even want to go to coffee shops. I just do it as a service for my fellow coffee drinkers
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        3. CN1 3/15
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:49 am

          Triple play Friday.
          Missy and Kathy, no Mamasan. The girls are looking F-I-N-E fine.
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          Re: CN1 3/15
          Postby Rocket Man » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:56 am

          GH, holy guacamole dude…

          We’ll be expecting Tylan, Xinh Xinh and Da Thao reports before noon…
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          Re: CN1 3/15
          Postby Grasshopper » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:01 am

          Rocket Man wrote:
          GH, holy guacamole dude…

          We’ll be expecting Tylan, Xinh Xinh and Da Thao reports before noon…

          😆 Sorry Rocket, but you have heard this sad story before: l spent all of my lunch money, and l have the caffeine overdose shakes, so no more shops for me today.

      1. so what are you? Why is it so money. Have to love the money to do it. Money for me everything. I have money, I have a beautiful girl. No money no honey.

    1. The post’s respondong to minor were right on EQ looks like a good place to be tomorrow morning.

    1. Thank you Froggy. If anyone and tell me about the late shift at NE I would appreciate it.

          1. This exchange between Froggy and Bob is getting serious. I think it’s time to settle this like real men and take it to the next level….DANCE OFF noon on Sunday @ EQ.

        1. It is close to saying “ up ah”.
          Vietnamese put a dot below the “O” in Ngoc.
          Ngoc means “jade” in Vietnamese, and Ann means bright.

  15. Has there been any Nina sightings? Formerly EQ super hottie. Would appreciate any info.

  16. EQ mainly Rebecca Jessica Deanna. Angel gabby sometimes. No Ngoc , Nina or Huong

    Remedy is Lily Sophia Kristal, Julie , amy
    Usually order food instead of coffee.

    1. EQ- onwer is lying she said Ngoc Anh be back last week, but no Ngoc Anh for two weeks now…and No Angel this week so far…sad sad..sad..:((

      1. yes EQ is being bitchy now and bullshitting a lot. Im boycotting EQ for now. EQ seems destined to be like sister cafe CQ…

  17. Right now it is raining and dark .I love myself that is why I don’t want to get wet and hurt otherwise I would go outside and write down the license plate to make it easier for the cop to give them ticket. I can careless about that lowlife.

    1. Calling the cop to give the ticket to some low life that parked on the red zone infront of my house.

    1. It’s co-owned by former EQ girl Lily aka RBF Queen. Some girls from Eleven Fifty and Palm work there also. Some notables Julie from Palm and Gina Tran from CN/NE days. Good eye candy like paradise minus the smoking, nice place to chill but don’t expect all the girls to be friendly.

      1. Some of us will not care if they are friendly. As long as they are good looking with body, we are happy.

      2. GREAT ARTICLE FOR ALL THE USELESS WHORES OUT THERE WHO LIVES OFF UNDER SOMEONE’S MONEY OR DOESN’T MAKE A PENNY OR MAKE LITTLE MONEY AND LOVE TO HAVE A CHILD . WHAT IS THE POINT OF HAVING A CHILD WHEN YOU CAN’T TAKE CARE OF IT ? ONLY THOSE STUPID WHORES WOULD THINK THAT HAVING A CHILD WITHOUT MONEY IS CONSIDER HAPPY .

    2. It is so funny for any bitchess and asshole out there would never cherish and value their money then these people are extremely wealthy and they take their money serious when they can even print out money .For example like this stupid low -life bitch below who is so poor live off under some else money and said that money is just a piece of paper. Look bitch (dy cho )these people are way super wealthy and your cheap ass face and they take money so serious and your are nothing but shit and whore . Ok

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