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
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.

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        1. Same question, what is the name of the girl with the nice rack, and the great outfit?

  1. saw some discussions about m café and bistro 88. In the past, m café only allowed groups of 3 or more; no single customers. Is that true of bistro 88 and m café today?

    1. I think Bistro will allow singles, but may require a bottle still. On weekdays, I can’t imagine it being crowded enough to warrant them restricting groups to 3 or more.

    1. Becca, Nina and Janet (NE Days) are all on my Coffee Shop Hall of Fame list. Any other lists out there?

    1. Was at CN2 today, gone down hill for sure. No hurry to go back, girls were just not interested in anything except their phones.

      1. Yep, The girls at cn’s love their phones played on it all times…lol..

      2. CN are boring. Nothing to see since the girls are always behind the counters playing their phones. There are better places; I don’t know why some waste their money going there. Their glory days are gone.

      1. Who was at cn1 today? I agree that it seems their talent has slip a bit. Seems like Anna has been gone for a while now and Vivian seems to be gone too.

        1. Missy and new girl who looks like she just graduated from high school. Typically, Fridays are Missy and Kathy. Just pay a visit on Friday. It’s worth it, in my opinion.

          1. Guess I have to pay a visit one of these Fridays. On a separate note are there any new places like the old m cafe nowadays?

          2. Really. Good to know about m cafe. The other places you mentioned have similar entertainment as m cafe?

    1. EQ–Tall Jenny (Jasmine) & Jessica. Don’t miss Jessica today!!! Seriously.

      Lmk about late shift at NE.

        1. More bodacious than usual today. Tall Jasmine is going home (from eq now).
          Who is coming on as late shift at NE?

    1. EQ is dead. One tallish white girl hiding someplace, and the owner and kitchen lady doing the serving.

    2. EQ & NE waitresses today, Friday?
      Thank you, WTF, you saved me time & money yesterday, although the EQ mamasan is always worth seeing. Va her excellent & entertaining kitchen lady keeps the restroom clean.

      1. I hope this is not the same Phuong she used to work at NE before…from years back…lol

  2. Coffebraker, no I’m not anyone lilly talks to. She ignores me. I’m still in love with her. I wish she would talk to me.

        1. She has a great face but a fat ass with lots of back fat, which clearly shows she doesn’t work out. She isn’t going to age well. Get over it.

          1. I’m no Lily fan because she’s so stuck up/unfriendly, but, GetOverIt is thinking of a different girl.

      1. Iluvlilly–You are right, maybe nobody has a prettier face than Lilly! (except a sweet lady I know named Dianna:). And maybe nobody has a better body than Lilly or nicer tattoos. (Va I normally không like tattoos, but Lilly’s work with her curvy body–tat đep.) But Lilly was so unfriendly to most customers at EQ, I would be surprised to find she has changed.

        With her own shop did she finally learn that good customer attention is the key to making more money?

        1. Coffebraker,

          Lilly is not nice to me. She ignore me every time I goto that place. Who is as hot as lilly that will talk to me? If there is no one else, then lilly is the one for me.

  3. Happy Friday everyone, line up for NE please if anyone is there today thanks

      1. WOW Was talking to Ngoc Anh today. Nice young girl. She asked me if I Wanted some afters hour fun. I asked how much. Tell me starting 400. Who pays these girls that much. Don’t these girl know you can go across the street. Less than half that for everything

        1. Happy Hunter! You are the man. Wow starting $400..doing what? nothing…lol

        2. HH, when i spoke with her she said “starting” meaning HJ for 5 fingers which i think she meant $500 for handjob. To fuck her will cost $1000. I can get a hot and i mean hot korean chick for $220. Her looks is ok not even close to the hot korean chicks i’ve fucked already. she is out of her mind.

          1. WOW $400 She was going to give ma a bargain. Or it was going to be a virtual HJ. Yes she is out of her mind. Not ever that hot looking compaired. I think the guys that goes to café. Not know about the hundreds of other great choices we have in the bay area.

          2. $500 for HJ! Are you kidding me?
            I know there is a price to pay but $500 for HJ…….I am speechless,

  4. EQ–Jessica, Jenny (tall Jasmine) and gorgeous Huong without her braces!
    Worth the trip:)

  5. Anyone been to M Cafe or Playa Lounge recently? Is it like how it was before?

  6. I heard a murder recently occurred outside V Cafe. Yesterday it appeared to be closed, from the appearance, maybe permanently.

    1. I went to V Cafe on one Saturday last month. They were kind of busy; I didn’t stay long because I didn’t like the smoke. I passed by there a couple weeks ago, and the sign of “V Cafe” was removed.

      They closed so abruptly, so a murder outside of the cafe was possible.

      V Cafe used to stay open until 11 or 12 pm. It wasn’t a good idea to stay open late without a bouncer. Most of the cafes close between 5 or 6 pm to avoid trouble customers.

    1. Ok, I’ll answer my own question about NE:) Lisa, Yvonne & Tao. Very good

        1. Girl in yellow dress. She said her name was Tea. Very nice and friendly.

  7. Guess who I saw at cafe Paradise today… was Ngoc Anh from EQ..huh I wonder she still work at EQ?

  8. NE–Lisa, Kristi & Jasmine for the late shift! As good as it gets.

    1. Yvonne, not Lisa at NE.
      My mistake. With Jasmine & Kristi. Great.

  9. Who’s working EQ & NE this morning?

    Iluvlilly, you must have been one of the vet few customers Lilly would be friendly with. She would totally ignore most customers even when spoken to–truly đep va very rude. Altough it serves food, and I understand it to be non-smoking, my inclination’s không go there.

  10. I spoke to lily (the now once again massage mamasan) and asked her if jessica (from cq) is back from her vacation. She is supposedly still in vietnam. I wonder if jessica and tiffany will return to CQ when it reopens

  11. Does anyone know Chi Uyen (owner of EQ)sisters name since she kept asking me if I’m new and so on

      1. Yes I’m new to SJ but for cafes not new at all jdog1234. All I can say is thT IC cafes are cream of the crop since most of the are really friendly compared to here. Again not getting anywhere with them if you carry lots of $$$$ then different story and will lead to be broke

  12. Kristi, Luscious lipped Lisa va Isabel at NE:) Mamasan very nice, but slow day, plenty of room.

  13. In OC I was never asked to buy more coffee or smoothie and I was there for a good amount of time.

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