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.

3,825 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Who is working at EQ and NE this morning? NE late shift is nice to know too.

  2. I am not going to EQ anymore if Alina is not working there.

    1. its looks like alina (maybe melania too) won’t be coming back unless quyen paids her correctly.

      1. What’s with the drama with Alina and Mel at EQ? Is Nam withholding tips or something?

        1. I don’t know what you guys talking about? Alina n Mel are still working at EQ…lol

      2. Don’t they count their tips at the end of the day? It is kind of strange for them to leave early!

        Did anyone look at their facial expression to see if they are upset or something?Women show their feelings!

        Did they have argument in the cafe?

        It could happen that if they rec’d personal tips from customers, but cashier asked them to split the tips with all the girls.

  3. There was a Viet server at EQ a month ago with white skin and long straight hair. Anybody know her name? I haven’t seen her lately. Also, what happened to Anne @ EQ?

    1. I think that would be Ngoc. She did not get along with the boss. To friendly with the customers. I hear she is still working in San Jose somewhere.

      1. I can’t imagine Ngoc not getting along with someone & she didn’t seem unduly friendlywith the customers
        –much more desirable thsn being infriendly like Lilly and Gabby.

        1. I’m not sure if Ngoc didn’t get along with her boss!

          Her reduced work hours and disappearance was right after people had had discussions of her part-time job. It was the timing that led me to think they were related.

          For a business to survive and be profitable, business owners always have to make sound and tough decisions.

  4. Hey, did Alina and Melanie leave early yesterday because they got fired?

    Something strange must have happened yesterday.

  5. I’ve heard the remedy girls talk shit about a customer after they leave. That’s why I don’t go there.

    1. If you’re a guy in his 20’s serving in sppedos to bunch of perverted older ladies daily, you’d talk shit too

  6. Stop with the fakeNews.
    Tran is hotter than any one person at EQ.
    Alina and Melanie on the same shift is better than Tran paired with anyone else at CN.
    Huong is not a 14. Saying she’s a 14 is saying she’s hotter than Alina. She’s not even close.
    Huong is not ugly, but she’s not as hot as she thinks she is. She does wear too much makeup. She doesn’t look like Michael Jackson, but her makeup makes her look like a clown which is why that guy compared her to Michael Jackson. I would have compared her to the Joker from batman.
    Melanie is my favorite.

    1. CNN is fake news.
      Brian Stelter is fake news.
      Don Lemon is fake news.
      MSNBC is fake news.
      Washington Post is fake news.
      Huffpost is fake news.
      Joe Scarborough is fake news.
      Rachel Maddow is fake news.
      And all the far left liberal mainstream media are fakes news.

      1. KAG–You offer real news. Fox News or OAN should be shown as well for balance. OAN is not very professional but it offers the most news.

        1. Not sure if the coffee shop owners are liberals. They all show CNN and MSNBC on their TVs.
          I only see Fox News and OAN on YouTube.

    1. Alina and Melanie are not at EQ today. Can’t believe you reported the fake news, Mii.

      1. It’s not Fake news, I was there Mel and Alina were there will Jessica and Nikki but looks to have left early or gone on a lunch break.

        1. Maybe they quit or got fired. The boss can be a bitch to the girls

          1. EQ: Gaby , Michelle , Jessica . Alina left early again , I heard wage dispute. I am for Alina with better wage since EQ packed after she came back. The tip rule is fixed , it has to be divided equally to all waitresses .

          2. No wonder Alina was there for like 10 minutes and gone. Wasted my weekend at EQ.

    1. Không Lilly. She was so stuck up st EQ, simply walked by customers she’d lnown for months, ignoring them. So I’ve never patronized Remedy.

      1. I’m not saying to patronize remedy. I’m saying lily should quit remedy and work at EQ

        1. Lily won’t return to EQ unless Rem closes shop. Lily is a part/co-owner of Rem so she I doubt she’ll return for now. I too quit patronizing Remedy due to Lily, she’s so toxic. I don’t care how hot you are, personality triumphs that.

          1. Damn! Is that what’s going on!

            A bunch of us started our lunch break early today. I was driving so I recommended us goto remedy. The other 3 people in my car said no. They didn’t explain why, they just said they didn’t like it there. So here we are eating lunch at Carl’s Jr.

          2. Remedy sucks. Nothing special there, I rather go to just about any other cafe.

          3. remedy is good to go once. the food is descent but is expensive and the girls are just nice to you to get tips. they talk shit about the customers all the time.

      1. Tran and Kathy double teamed it today. CN was better than EQ.

        Wonder if the dream team at EQ with Alina will beat CN on friday

        1. Alina vs Tran??? Yeah right. Don’t make it a thing. Don’t offend Tran.

          1. Sorry. Can’t agree with u. Alina is alright.. if u put some clothes on her, she’s just alright. Can’t get over her eyes.

    1. At Dream Cafe. Cute petite and chunky viets Both hiding behind counter. Chunky doing nothing. Waste of time.

      1. Cafe Dream have been sold now..I don’t know they gonna keep the same name or not, but good luck to the new owner…sources said sold for $230k

        1. Who is stupid to pay $230K for that run-down place? Unless the Vietcong wants to launder their dirty blood money. I will boycott the place if it is owned by Red Capitalists.

          1. Dream is a pretty decent sized venue with it’s own parking lot, on a busy street next to the freeway. You must be living under a rock if you think 230k is too much for that spot in the bay area.

        2. $230K………I wonder how long it will take to earn $230K back.
          Dream Cafe is a pretty good venue.
          If I am the owner, waitresses can’t sit behind counter and play with their phones!

          1. Maybe the new owner put in the gambling machines and get it back in no time…most of cafe shops has it…Good luck with that!!!

  7. Who’s working ne & eq this finne Tuesday?
    Mamasans should offer Fox News or OAN alongside the CNN or MSNBC so we can compare.

  8. Looks like NE been turning up the heat with Heather, only 10-20 min on action full birthday suit and she’ll sit on you me lap with some dance moves. Seen ppl tip as low as 5$ and she’ll give you the same treatment as someone with $20

    1. “ Of ** “ Your*** Lap” whoops thinking about it just makes it hard to text ahah

        1. Got a giant tortas from the Mexican place around corner NE. Ima Be 300 lbs soon

    2. SoCal–Friend, be mindful about talking about birthday suits, etc. We don’t want businesses shut down.

      Who’s at NE? And let us know who comes in at 2pm pls

    3. SoCal–Friend, please, xin, be careful about revealing activities that could get some businesses shut down.

    4. Oh wow….some of you guys sound so desperate for attention. Are you in high school still?

      1. I suggest you not piss people off with the fake news stuff or people may be inclined to tell the truth out of spite.

        1. Yes Really & Brian Skelter– CNN is fake news, MSNBC too, like the guys claiming Huong is not hot & other things. Why do the mamasans show those stations without getting Fox News or OAN up to compare?

          1. Chi Trang,

            Please put on Fox News or any sports programs instead of the fake news coverage from CNN. Every time I am at your coffee shop, all I see is CNN’s Unreliable Sources with Brian Stelter.

            Thank you in advance for addressing your TV programs.

            Best Regards,
            NE Patrons

        2. #Fakenews #unreliablesources #cnnfakenews #coffeshopnewsnetwork #cnnisgarbage

          1. Ha… It’s all fantasy! Everyday at noon, Alina and boss lady gang bang, $10 a shot!

  9. EQ: Alina, Melanie, Nikki, Jessica

    Everyone looking hot!

    I agree with that guy trashing on huong/Cindy. She’s ugly. And she gets jealous the other girls get more tips so she steals from them.

    1. You can’t have steak everyday. Sometimes you need to have a ham sandwich.

        1. More like one filet mignon, one prime rib, one small tasty beer and a pile of mashed potatoes

    2. Firehot–You shouldn’t be trashing any of the ladies, least of all beautiful Huong. On a scale of 1-10, she is a 14.9.
      Maybe she only gave you a 2. 🙂

    3. Firehot–Your eyes need surgery, Huong is gorgeous. What makes you say she steals tips? Don’t acuse if you don’t know, unless you are hoping to get a job on CNN or MSNBC:)

  10. Michael Jackson is not a catfish. She just doesn’t know how to put on her makeup.

    And Melanie is way prettier

  11. Has anyone shown up at NE besides Heather & Janet? Let us know who appears for the late shift.

    EQ this morning?

      1. Huong/Cindy wears too much makeup she looks like Michael Jackson. What a damn shame! She thinks she’s hot, but she’s not

        1. Agreed! She looks like a catfish and she acts like she’s too good.

          1. Michael Jackson is friendly to you because she wants your money.

            You’re a fool to tip Michael Jackson good. It’s better to save your money for Alina.

      2. Cindy did happy hour this morning and Nam collected tips. Applause from the entire cafe. Team player!

        1. Is that what they call it now? Happy Hour To bad they don”t do it for a hour. It was Melanie doing it yesterday

  12. EQ Today Alina Melanie and Nam. Melanie training wheels are off. Her outfit was the same as Lulu from years ago.

  13. Who do we have at NE & EQ today?
    One would think the other mamasans would realize these 2 hand got game. They should get rid of the smoking and offer the EQ/NE fun.

  14. EQ-GABBY n Alina n Nikki n new viet girl name Melanie..full house…damn no seat

      1. Melanie still in training wheel. Hopefully she’ll be a team player soon.

        1. Give her a week She will be a team player. I seen her pull her top down for some quick viewing already.

  15. Surely another will show up at NE as well. Let us know who works the late shift-they’really open until 7.
    Yesterday afternoon, fairly late, EQ was the place to be! You wouldn’the believe it! Some of us went through alot of tip money. Who’s working EQ today?

      1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 😉 Old Timer, you missed out big-time! Sorry. And I can’t talk about it, but WOW!!! Give ‘m your business!

        1. You have to be right time right place right girls. Been to few times post closing. One place that’s now closed, it went sideways real.

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