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.

5,569 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. If you drive up to luv and leave when you see trans car is not here, let me save you time. she not here. Don’t walk in and leave. It’s rude. We don’t care if the place is empty.

  2. Anyone know what day Quyen takes off? It’s either Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

    1. LikdaPearl–what’s ne’ new blond like?
      Yes, Dennmann, Rebecca does look better than brfore. Wednesday ninjas pls let us know what you find at eq&ne.

        1. Rebecca looks pretty good these days. Not like her last stint at EQ when she had gained so much weight. She’s back in fighting shape.

  3. Only worth a visit when Janet is there. Her doctor is an artist. Most these other girls look like they got there butt with a Groupon.

    1. IMO, worth it if Janet there… and a certain other person NOT there. its like putting a steak next to a pile of overcooked soggy spinach.

      anyone been to the North SJ cafes? Hotspot, Tylan, or Remedy? last time i checked no more girls at Tylan??? just a regular cafe?

  4. We have an OC report but have no SJ report. Haha
    What’s the shift like today gents?

    1. So you asked at 10:30 on who was working at NE and EQ. Then post at 5:30 that Janet danced at NE long after she completed her shift.

      Why ask others to post lineups if you won’t do the same.

      1. Đúng Anon. I was negligent. should have posted who was working NE và the show Janet gave. Tôi xin lôi

  5. what’s the name of the young blonde viet that works at remedy on tuesdays? probably the prettiest coffee girl i’ve ever seen

  6. Hey Ninjas, apology time, hey if you’ve been wondering who wrecked NE’s bathroom at lunchtime today, that was me. I’ve been on the ivermectin and lost track of my doses and wound up shitting my guts out. I’m back on track now and it won’t happen again.

    1. Must be a few new ones, I didn’t think there was even 5 girls total working there. Thao, Janet, Isabel, Mary. Did Lisa or Heather come back? Heard Heather started her own business (not coffee shop related)

  7. What happened to paradise did they change management? Seems like a whole new crew girls are average nothing special. Have better luck at remedy now…

    1. All the cafe girls have been mediocre at best. You are right. Which cafe has the best looking girls besides paradise cafe or remedy? Which are best days to go? What are their names?

  8. I was at EQ around noon today.

    I knew Ngoc Ahn, but who were the other two there? There was also a white gal.

  9. Who was the guy at EQ in the green shirt, groping Mai every time she was in arms reach? I wish I can speak Vietnamese to understand. However, I think the cleaning lady threw him out!

    1. Lol really! Poor Mai. I bet he’s not tipping at all. Free groping = no no.

  10. Went by Palm Cafe last night before work. Bummer they changed the close time from 11pm to 8pm.

  11. At Fantasy now. Don’t believe Cafe Lovers hype. Uniforms are better than paradise. But still nothing to write home about. Eq/Ne still the only place for top uniforms. Unfortunately they don’t have the best scenery.

  12. Checking if there are any updates from the early birds on who is working at NE or EQ this Sunday???

    1. Are you talking about the lap dances. Or are they finally changing their uniforms to EQ/NE level?

  13. Went to Hotspot today at 4p.m. and there was only one customer. Sat down and ordered a smoothie. Thats the last time anyone came near me. 2 girls on duty and nobody said “hi” or even smiled my way. Still left a tip but I should have given the same thing they gave me NOTHING. Plus the coconut smoothie was not good. if they remain this way their top 3 position on the list should fall out of the top ten. This was my drive home place. Not anymore

    1. HS gals can’t sit and discouraged talking to customers. They’ll serve you order and go behind counter

  14. Anyone know if Ngoc has been working at eq? Haven’t been in a little bit and posts on the board don’t seem to show her working lately.

        1. Rebecca???? Is this the same Rebecca from several years back. Caucasian blonde and long legs?

          1. Nice! Is Rebecca dressing up (you know what I mean hehe) like Mel? Or at least like she used to do back in the CN1 days?

        1. She was in the OC, But she hasn’t been back to the those shops in a long time either. She may have found a whale and doesn’t need to work for now. Or worse she got pregnant.

          1. Mel working in Vegas. One of those girls who serve champagne for tables in the clubs.

      1. Y’all got it wrong. Mel is a very successful club promoter in Vegas now. She seems to be doing very well.

      2. I miss Mel! She’s the only one I know in coffee scene who loves to wear only high heels.

  15. Fantasy, 2 on don’t know their names they didn’t stop long enough to talk. Did see something I’ve never seen before.

  16. I dropped by The Cats. Only about 5 girls and 1o patrons between 10 PM and 12 AM. Cover is $20 and there is reasonably priced alcohol for purchase. Go there for something different. Sexy but not nude with lap dancing.

    1. So what is the point of going there? Do you/can you buy girls drinks and they sit and chat with you or what?

      1. Hmm… I didn’t think of that. But, one sat and talked to me. I guess some would go for the lap dancing, which is not at cafes.

    1. No, you don’t need to speak Vietnamese to have a real good time at these places. All you need is a lot of money.

  17. Hey Ninjas — we all know covid is a hoax, but say I wanted to get covid which coffee shop should I go to? asking for a friend

    1. Not funny. Whats funny is some people will read your message and agree covid is a hoax. Being personally affected by this pandemic i find your humor distasteful. Mask up, stay safe….. and drink your coffee and tea thru a straw. Sanitize after.

      1. I asked London Breed how to properly wear a mask. Will let you all know when I hear back from her. Stay safe people.

    2. Covid is not a hoax. With only 2 percent death, it’s not as bad as what the news says, but it’s not a hoax.

      Paradise has the hottest girls and it’s the cleanest and most covid safe and friendly place on the list. But they don’t have viet girls working so it’s hard to call it a viet coffee shop.

      1. Yes definitely not a hoax, and its too early to determine just how deadly Covid is,or will become. We are nowhere near the end of the pandemic. Time will tell. Stay safe.

  18. Hey ninjas, Im getting so hard of all the commies taking away my freedoms so Im gona move to sompleace like Montana where I can finally be free! Dose anyone know if they have any jobs or coffee shops there! THankx!!!!

  19. Looking for folks that visit PC, Remedy and Wave. Would love to add you to our group. Hit me up at yocogi1234 @ gmail . com. Let me know which shops you visit and how you can contribute. TY!

      1. long blonde hair, taller skinny, tattoo on hip. half asian half? saw a post about new girl Kate that sounds similar but I talked to her for 5 minutes and she said her name is kate

        1. Got it!! I remember now.
          Yes, I have seen her a couple of times and I am glad she stops by at NE. By the way, thanks for the description!! it was well done!!

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