Here are Mr. Nguyen’s latest rankings (04/24/2023) for the San Jose coffee shops. I decided to
change it up a bit as there are just too many cafes here, but really only a few worth going to, so I
have removed those that aren’t worth being listed. The rankings reflect the cafes as a whole
(girls, venue, coffee, food, service, girls, smoking/non-smoking, and girls). These are only the
opinions of Mr. Nguyen, and you may not agree with them.
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1. Remedy Cafe
1150 Murphy Ave. Suite C
San Jose, CA
Remedy is located in San Jose 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.
Rosanna 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, Rosanna 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-three waitresses working, and their waitresses are top notch. They
are extremely friendly and have been known to sit down and chit chat. Typical attire includes
lingerie or bikini. Coffee is $7/cup. You can visit their Instagram site to get updates on who’s
2. Monterey Breeze Cafe
2400 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
Monterey Breeze (formerly Paradise) remains at the top 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. They have plenty of TVs for your sports viewing pleasure and a nice
outdoor patio with umbrellas and heaters for cold weather. 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. It’s a good place to come in the evening to hang out also, and they typically show boxing
and MMA fights.
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. 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 on the menu. Coffee is $8/cup.
Visit their Instagram site to get updates on who is working.
4. Fantasy Café
1040 McLaughlin Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
Fantasy Café (formerly CN1) is a classic Vietnamese coffee shop to go to. I decided to move it
up because it’s actually been pretty good lately. It is 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. This coffee shop is a great
place to take people who are new to the Vietnamese coffee scene. Fantasy and has banned the
smoking inside all day and night. Coffee is $8/cup. Fantasy closes at 9PM.
5. 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. 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. 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 and bring your food over to enjoy the games
on TV. Coffee is $8/cup. The shop closes around 5PM.
6. DV Café
1947 McLaughlin Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
DV Café is the newest café in San Jose located right across from EQ and next to Palm Cafe.
Attire is on the same level as EQ. The venue is nice and clean, and it’s non-smoking. The girls
are extremely friendly, and a tip goes a long ways there. If you’re looking for risqueness, this
ranks high on that scale, and I suggest you check it out. Bring lots of cash. Coffee is $8/cup.
This place closes at 5PM.
7. Palm Café
1969 Tully Rd. San Jose, CA 95122
Palm Café still make the list, but as usual, the smoking kills this place. The waitresses rank high
on the hotness scale, and their uniforms are excellen. I would like to visit this place more often,
but I can only stand the cigarettes for so long. Waitresses are generally hot. You can view their
roster on their Instagram. They do serve beer here, which bumps this place up a few spots. I’m
assuming the coffee is $8 here also. This place is open late.
8. 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.