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
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/, 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 820415021345938/?fref=ts
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) (
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) (
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

3,523 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

      1. Hey Dick! How many coffee girls had kids that you know? Do you know how many kid Tran had? She’s still working at CN. but who cares how many kid do they have. most of coffee girls had kid anyway, but they do have to work to support their kids…lol

          1. Old timer, do women who have kids normally go back to their old jobs? Yes, sometimes. No difference with coffee girls. Leave them alone.

      1. You really want to who are the girls work at CN ask me…lol

        1. There’s one really cute vietnamese girl who seems to be the only one showing anything these days.. I haven’t been in a while but she used to work a lot on Tuesdays.. anyone know her name?

        2. Hey Mii,

          you mentioned Ana but she’s not on your list.
          is she still working there on Tues?

    1. For those divorced men out there . Fuck you , don’t fucking try to go after me. You are nothing but a left over and I would never consider give you any chance.


  1. Has there ever been any spread eagle nudity, since Marley at CN back in the day? Best memory was two women walked in and ran out, after making eye contact with a laughing Marley, as she was spread eagle on the counter in front of 100 horny guys.

    1. There were a number of well known gals on the counter doing two girl shows and coming out to each table. Best days ever.


          1. Janet is really hot. I love her little jewel on her runway, but to be honest Lisa is more my type. My fav is Yvonne, I wish I could take her to dinner.

          2. Fana! have you see Yvonne lately? I haven’t seen her last couple visited…lol

    1. New NE girl plainly told me she is going by “Drama”. Good name for my ex-girlfriend! At least we know coffee girls just want the $$$:)
      Isabel & Thao late shift.
      Caman & BJ–Be respectful & the cs patrons will return the treatment. If you think of them as “midgets”, etc., they MA pick up on that–vibes.

    1. Mii–Is Cindy new & eq? Nikki is a cutie & friendly, working the rest of the week=my intel.

    1. I’m pretty sure she has a phone. These days, even the homeless have phones.

      1. I’m not a possessive guy so enjoy. She’s worth the trip to CN2. She gave me her entire July schedule. She’ll be there tomorrow, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday (all day shifts) for this week.

        1. David! Nobody cares about CN’S…coffee is $6 but no show and girls are seating behind the counter…you get mine point…lol

          1. Hey Shortie don’t know me…so how do you know? Did you kiss mine ass…lol

          2. It’s actually funny cause I think some of the girls that use to work at CN girls were good to chat with even though they did sit behind the counter.

          3. So the girls need to kiss your ass for you to tip? Lol you keep saying “mine” for mine point and mine ass. Maybe that’s why LOL. MY point is, if you are anything like you sound…. I wouldn’t talk to you either

            And a lot of the girls are always on their phone but Tran is very attentive. She actually works and talks to customers. You’re one of those losers who thinks these coffee shop girls owe you something just because you tip them what? 5 bucks? Get real. That’s MINE point! LOL

          4. Hey Shortie– you are gay? i know you like want her phone # I can give it to you…coffee shops girls is to served the customers..not to seat at behind counter. You are telling me they deserve the tips… I know am cheap but i get to go to coffee everyday…lol

          5. Lol cheap guys think they’re entitled to being served like a king for their $6 coffee and $2 tip. You’re the type of customer the girls hate the most.

          6. BN! You are the man who give big tips to the girl so what..who give a fuck i don’t i go to cn’s…you think the girls serve you better than go to CN…lol

    1. Coffee! can you tell me why no one posted it here about CN’S? Only David is telling us when Tran is working…lol

      1. Mii, I’m far from gay. I do like Tran. She’s awesome. She pours my tea and smiles at me. So please!! Give me her number. You got it??? I don’t think so. You’re one of those horny dudes who likes to go to EQ, look at pussies to feel validated as a “non gay” man. You ain’t getting any at home huh? “I’m cheap but I get to go coffee everyday”lmao. You’ve said enough. LOL I’ll be waiting for Tran’s number…..

        1. Hey Shortie! NP, give me your email. I’ll give you Tran phone # i don’t want to posted it here…lol

      2. Just because the 20 guys who post on here likes naked places, don’t mean cn doesn’t have customers you dumb ass. Not everyone needs their coffee with a side of pussy you loser

        1. Im your Daddy! you don’t know what a pussy look it. that why you said pussy loser. Who give a fuck you go to cn coffee. CN customers you one of them and where are rest of them at cafe paradise or some where else not at cn..You like their customer service and so let it be…

          1. You’re the one who don’t know what pussy feels like. U have to sit at coffee to stare at it. Stfu you’re a Fucken square ass fob bitch. Stop talking

          2. Fuck this bullshit with this damn square. Tran looking fine in green

          3. Fuck this bullshit with this damn square. Tran looking fine in green

  2. some one posted Janet working at NE but today I saw Janet at Paradise and Lisa is seen on Paradise’ Instagram?
    so are they both working at NE and Paradise?

    1. Three girls at NE afternoon. Idk names, but one tall girl big assets. One smaller asian girl button nose & I assume light skin asian girl working register is mama. Any named?

  3. Question for the EQ regulars – do you guys sit on a chair in the front if the table is already occupied (but seat available)? I asked if the seat was taken and the little vietnamese dudes said no but seemed annoyed to share a table with me lol

    1. I hate sitting next to midgets to but i have no choice sometimes. I hate sitting next to one and see him pick his mouth/nose. damn disgusting!!

      1. NE: Heather, Thao, Lisa, blond latina, and as I was leaving I think another girl was walking in. Too far to tell…

      1. When owner never seen you before unless you’re going in with regulars. Esp if you look like LE.

          1. You walk in with some bills hanging in your shirt pocket.

            After you order your drink, you tip. When you leave, you tip. Make sure you say see you next time to them.

            Make sure you stare at those waitresses’ bodies up and down. It is okay to drool or lick your lips repeatedly. You want them to know you’re interested in their bodies. Once they know you’re a horny bastard, they’ll welcome you.

          2. Hmm… I’m pretty sure I’m not welcomed at EQ, even though I used to come by a lot. Then, when it was clear they won’t show while I’m there, I stopped coming. I did stare, and I wonder if that was the problem. I wished there was a convenient way to get into the accepted group. 🙂

  4. I went to check out Alina. She’s not all that. I went over to Dream right after to check out Tran. Tran is way better!!!

    1. Noob123! We all know Tran is better looking , but she is not showing anything..,with mini skirt..I go to the mall

      1. If you saw alina at the mall, you wouldn’t notice or care. If you saw tran at the mall, you’ll ask to take a selfie with her.

      1. Alina is all time gorgeous coffee girl. Anyone remember when she and linh worked the counter top at CN1. Sight to behold

        1. Lol all time gorgeous? U mean bc she’s naked right? Her eyes are as different as night and day. Hahhaha gorgeous my ass

          1. There has been many Tiffanys. Which one? The young blond. I think worked at all the café at some point?

    1. It’s annoying how some guys don’t get that they’re not welcomed. Ruined the vibe for everyone else

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