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
www.instagram.com/cafeparadise408
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)   (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 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
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 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  (www.instagram.com/remedy.sj)
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 (www.instagram.com/palm.cafe)
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.

4,984 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Did Mai ever come back? I want to come back to EQ when there are quality girls and action. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mel. I’ve only seen Alina a few times over the past decade, and she was relatively tame.

  2. Hello Ninjas. Pls share the EQ line up of servers this Sunday morning. Thanks!!!

  3. I’m order some steak nachos from place next to EQ
    and watch nba game. Then I’ll see who’s working

  4. Birdy told me 2 news girls at EQ this AM.

    Could it be?

    Mel?

    Alina?

    Nina?

    Tiffany?

    Angel?

    Erika?

    Jessica?

    Janet?

    Two above are true…

    From the secret kitchen network

        1. Jimmy G …. R u serious??? Nina is back?!??
          can you find out which days??? i haven’t been back to EQ in quite some time….

    1. Does anyone go to NE anymore? I want to know if Jessica works there on Saturday.

        1. Rumors rumors.

          Too bad I work at EQ.

          Otherwise I can tell you that Jessica is still working.

          1. Who cares where she is working. She has seen better days.

  5. Ok brothers, here’s live from EQ:

    Alina, Becca, Diana and Shannon. No Mel 🙁

    Alina looking almost the same as when she started 5+ years ago! She must have been hitting the gym hard the last few months. And I am also digging her new super nice better than ever personality with me LOL. Right now she can give a run to Heather Locklear when she was in Melrose Place LOL.

    Becca and Diana are usual but more fun mood today IMHO.

    Shannon is not only young, slim and cute, but also very nice. She may become my new fav soon, fingers crossed.

    Whoever thinks this is fantasy TR, can go f**k yourself. LOL

    1. Did you get Alina’s schedule by any chance?
      Missed her, but Shannon is nice.

  6. Maybe we’re better off with EQ fantasy forum. Lets share stories of what we really want to have in the cafe!

      1. I’d go tomorrow Friday. Heard Mel and Alina might make guest duo. Remember last saw them together, boss had them leave to clear the place. They both were dressed in white pants outfits and a site to behold.

        1. Haha! All I can say is EQ business must be doing badly if they need to place rumors here to get people to visit.

          All you chumps that bought into the hype and visited EQ today please raise your hands!

          Waiting for the next ” is working today!” post. Suckers!

          1. Yocogi, when are we going to see your non-Pradise review? Do you go only to PC?

          2. Maybe we’re better off with EQ fantasy forum. Lets share stories of what we really want to have in the cafe. 🙂

          3. I’m get 3 pc jolibee fried chicken and check out EQ tomorrow. If nothing else
            I’m enjoy some fried chicken.

  7. Any report for EQ this morning? Working from home today so thought I’ll check out the coffee scene.

      1. That must have been a dream, I only see Rose, Becca, and Jaden.

        Mel and Nina might be hiding in the kitchen.

  8. Headed to Socal next month, any message boards for the OC scene?
    Also, is the handtip etiquette down there similar to NE/EQ?

  9. Going back in EM history vaults. One of my all time favorites was a Latin server named Nina. Nice personality and very easy on the eyes. Does anyone know if she is still working in the SJ area?

    1. Nina gone from the scene. She has the most natural body of all coffee gals if you were lucky to see all

      1. She was hot.

        Not many like that now.

        What’s with all the tats?

        That’s why I like Janet.

      2. Slim gal, but Bs were not perfect. Wish we still had Mel level girls around. The one a PC I saw was close, but haven’t seen her since.

        1. Nina was WAY better than Mel. not sure why you even think Mel is attractive… maybe she says “hi” to you?
          admit Nina didn’t let much sho tho. Mai and Angel looked like too much plastic.
          Really havent seen a hot gal in the cafe scene in a long while. ~3yrs??
          also what happened to gals with some nice racks?

          1. Anyone remember “Jayla” from CN1/2 days, always though she was a looker.

          2. Jayla has a super cute face. Remember her from CN1 during its heyday. Recall she worked when Linh, Janet Tiffany , another Linh , Alina , place hopped.

          3. If you don’t think Mel is attractive, you should get your eyes examined then your brain.

          1. Damn, she must have made the boss mad or something. She only worked am shifts before.

          2. Was she working yesterday? I saw her on Wednesday and she was looking hot as heck

          3. Glad she’s back. I happen to know there was a family issue about a year ago which caused her to leave the scene.

            She wasn’t very playful the last couple times I saw her last year. Still the same or more fun this time around?

  10. At Paradise, well not quite
    No Lynn Chu look alike
    Just 4 bikini girls
    Skip

    1. Like Catlynn the best.

      Tired regular crew.

      Was hoping to see the legend. New talent needed.

      Confirming tipping problem. Not a fan.

      THX1 for reporting here, EQ back on my skip list.

      1. Katie was becoming the worst about demanding extra tips without providing anything in return. Joanie has gotten progressively worse since her return, likely due to Katie’s influence as they are good friends.

        1. Katie is very rude, at the beginning of the year she gave coffee and said “That’s going to be $7” Turned me off and i barely go to coffee now

          1. Heard through the grapevine that Katie is not going to be a problem anymore soon. 😛

          1. Good question, some of these guys are delusional for what they want for $7.

          2. I expect her to treat me like Im desirable even if she views me as a cheapskate ogre that makes her skin crawl.

  11. Forgot Mai is back

    Angel working PM

    Any Mel sightings? She was hot. Not like the current crop.

  12. Why all the Black Lives Matter negatively on here. You can’t blame all the brothers for the actions of a few

    1. Where? EQ or NE?
      How do you know PC have new girl? You posted two places at the same time lol

      1. Paradise is PG.

        Was hoping for more when they opened given the ties to Cafe Lu.

        Unless Dazed and Confused knows something we don’t?

  13. Elections for San Jose mayor are coming up which one should we vote for to get the best Ca Phe Suda?

    Anyone remember when Mr Coffee ran for City Council? Is he still around?

    With all the homeless problems and other issues the last thing we want is a politician that looks at the coffee scene and thinks there is an easy target to win female votes!

    https://sanjosespotlight.com/election-2022-the-race-for-san-jose-mayor/

    Election 2022: The race for San Jose mayor
    by Eli Wolfe
    APRIL 21, 2022

    Six candidates are competing to become mayor of San Jose—a coveted political position in Silicon Valley that comes with a host of complex problems.

    Mayor Sam Liccardo, who was elected in 2014, terms out at the end of the year, and a gaggle of councilmembers and political unknowns are fighting to replace him and lead the largest city in the Bay Area and third largest in California.

    The new mayor will face a bevy of hot-button political problems at the start of their term, including the homelessness crisis and the city’s dire lack of affordable housing—Liccardo encountered major obstacles with both issues during his time in office. The new mayor will also be under pressure to improve public safety, streamline permitting for various kinds of homes and businesses, reduce roadway deaths and oversee major economic development in the downtown core.

    Here are the six candidates running for San Jose mayor in alphabetical order.

    1. Don’t forget this from our neighbors in Santa Clara

      https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/04/20/san-jose-49ers-expand-political-influence-pump-money-into-san-joses-mayoral-election

      San Jose: 49ers expand political influence, pump $300,000 on behalf of Cindy Chavez’s mayoral campaign
      Maggie Angst and Grace Hase
      PUBLISHED: April 20, 2022 at 4:18 p.m. | UPDATED: April 21, 2022 at 3:52 a.m.

      San Jose: 49ers expand political influence, pump $300,000 on behalf of Cindy Chavez’s mayoral campaign
      by: Maggie Angst, Grace Hase
      Mercury News
      Apr 21

      “The 49ers are making an investment in their future – not just in Santa Clara but in San Jose.”

      1. Guess you missed the special event last week. 😛

        Prefer CN1 to the other stronger places. Just need to have good relationship. Much nicer crowd too.

        Oh well. I’m shutting my mouth, don’t want to get into an argument.

  14. Was at PC today and was surprised at the sexy new Asian girl there. Look like a model. Anyone catch her name? Now I understand why so little is posted about PC.

        1. Do you mean Paradise Cafe? Aren’t all those girls PG?

          Have had a better visits to Fantasy. Not quite EQ or NE coffee strength but much better than Paradise. Please share info!

          1. As always folks here have their secret handshakes and not sharing. Was lucky seeing what I saw the other day, but now that I have had a taste will figure it out. Its a matter of time. Muhahahah!

      1. Lynn in those pics look nothing like what she did before all her surgeries. Even after surgeries, she uses all kinds of filters on her photos.

        1. Ya, she looked different back when I saw her. Don’t think she did color contacts and did look so glammed like in her photo shoots. Heavy make up and bad skin. Had these big tats that I was not a fan of. Still she had a cute look.

          1. Too bad. Need more regulars who visit PC. It’s either that or need to figure out the secret handshake. 😛

            Was surprised what I saw when I visited. PC Ninjas have been keeping all the secrets for themselves!

  15. 5 girls at EQ earlier
    Becca, rose, joanie, tall white girl, tall asian blonde

    1. are the last 3 ladies new to the coffee shop scene?
      been to many this past weekend and they all sucked big time!
      NE looks like average age is 35 and not aging well…

      what happened to all the young viet ladies with nice bodies and big titties???

      1. Dunno why my comment is pending moderation so reposting –
        I think Joanie (youngish short curvy asian with nice rack) is a returning employee, the tall blonde white (Diana?) looks to be pushing 35, the tall asian blonde was really hot though, and wasn’t shy about showing off.
        NE definitely has some older gals but there’s a few young ones, like arianna

        1. I don’t remember the name Joanie… did she have a dif name b4? Do u no her sched?
          I stopped going NE on weekdays for a long time cause it the girls were younger but asians were sticks and mex girls there 2 thik! last young hottie i saw there was Mary, i think, but she quit pretty fast. whats arianna look like?

          any1 here no where else to check out some babes? swear NorCal gets lamer by the week…

          1. AI Lan came back to work EQ she look thinner and saxsy than

          2. Fatman, yes A-lina is back showing her p*sy again. She is open for business.

        2. I thought her name was Joanna but I could be wrong. Anyway, she walked up to me, I handed a 5, she demanded 5 more. I handed it to her and she took it and immediately walked away. No problem, lesson learned. Won’t spend a $ on her anymore.

          1. Mag,
            so does your Simp attitude work on a lot of girls? what were you expecting for the extra 5?

          2. Shot Calla,
            I’ve been around long enough to know that if someone in this profession just walks up to me, takes 10 and walks away, that is not good for their own business. You her pimp or something? You ain’t gonna be very successful, buddy 🙂

    1. Didn’t see her when I was there today. But I don’t go that often. Have some off days coming up and I’m going to stake out a bit. Don’t mind seeing Janet again. If anyone wants to help crack the PC nut. Email me and I might even give access to the special group for those that help. 😛

        1. Don’t go to PC much but would like to sign up! What’s your email Yocogi1234?

  16. Apparently, Fantasy cafe no longer put game sound on for any sports game according to Thursday’s night’s girl. Wonder if she didn’t know how to do it, or they just want Vietnamese songs all night, either way I’m watching NBA playoffs somewhere else from now on.

    1. Not surprising, the Viet girls who work at these places and the owners are not the sharpest tools in the shed.

  17. Can someone please ask the EQ boss lady if Angel or Rose gonna work on this Saturday the 23rd? If they will be working, I will take a hike all the way to there. TIA Ninjas.

        1. Rose was there, but it was really boring. Not worth going until they have better outfits or get some better talent

  18. I’ve been in east coast past 3 years and returned to Bay Area recently.

    Last times I went at EQ it was Mel Alina Tina Jessica
    NE was Lisa Drama Heather Janet.

    Are they still there?

    1. You are going to be disappointed in the overall scene these days.Over priced drinks, gas prices and the girls do not even remotely want to talk to anyone except themselves.

      1. Thats why as a Vietnamse American i never want to date those gurls. they fun to look at but so shallow on the inside.

  19. Rose @EQ lost some weight and looking fine now! Add the nice personality and cute smile she already has, she’s quickly becoming my new fav. Can’t remember name of the other girl yesterday, but loved her personality as well.

    1. Mai not there today. Rosie and one other only. Can’t remember her name. Kinda boring. Stopped going for a few weeks and nothing changed.

  20. M Sports Bar needs to be added to this list, it’s definitely better than Paradise

        1. It’s on King down street from KFC and it’s best to go on Fri/Sat night after 930

          1. Yes bottle is like $200 to get in and lap dance is around $40,, lap dance with flash and touching and if you tip really big even more can happen with some girls.

          1. Was there from about 1:30 to 2:30. No Angel. I’m not too into the current crew. 😉

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