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.

3,392 thoughts on “Latest Ranking – Cà Phê

  1. Haven’t been to an AMP in over a year. I know mask aren’t worn at our coffee shops, but how about amp’s? Anyone gone recently?

    1. This is a coffee shop forum not AMP forum.

      How about the barber shop near Cafe Quyen? I think they closed for good.

      1. Didn’t know the barber shop next to cafe Quyen used to offer anything other than a hair cut.

  2. 4 black guys robbed an Asian restaurant owner. Two weeks later, one of the black men went into the restaurant to order food. Restaurant owner refused service and asked black man to leave. Black man accused restaurant owner as racist and is filing charges for discrimination.

    1. so what is the issue here? the black guys robbed the asian guy in a peaceful manner, right? Its all about equal rights. The only racist person is the asian owner. He can’t do that to a black guy. BLM! I recall some stupid asian people (coffee girls included) who were supporting BLM and joining their protests! Maybe asians are stupid after all…

  3. How does one even get more info on which places are risque, been looking but everybody is hesistant on posting those places in fear of them getting shut down

    1. Johnny. I believe The Hustler Club and Ofarrell Theater in SF are risqué. Might be out of your jurisdiction though. Nice try.

      1. I’ve never seen any other ones. Someone happen to send me.a link to these. Would be interested in seeing others.

    1. That back tattoo does look familiar but maybe not from NE for me but can’t remember where.

    1. She has an IG account. She has 11.5 K followers.

      Her boyfriend knows how to take great photos.

      She is nice, but I’m not a big fan of her.

      1. I deleted Mels IG. Just pictures showing how rich she is. Traveling to different cities like Life Styles if the Rich and Famous. I don’t have time for that. I’ve got to work and hustle to get by in SJ.

        1. jaketran, yes, people are tipping $$$$$ her like mad… She has an old mercedes and just brought a brand new Mercedes amg. She has a condo in vegas (fully paid). I heard she brought a house in LA. Lots of stupid people funding all her purchases and travels all over the country…

          1. she doesn’t have a condo. She had an apt in Vegas. Now she’s renting an apt in OC.

        2. She’s not that rich. Her sugar daddy’s just take good care of her. She is very well traveled.

          1. Mel isn’t an escort, but she has met the right person/people who can help her achieve her goals.

  4. Asians want to send a message that says “stop the hate”. “Racism is a virus” while black people attack Asians and their message is “Nooo!!! All lives don’t matter. Only Black Lives Matter”. What do you expect from black people. They are all Biden voters. You don’t see people with MAGA hats hating on Asians. Biden supporters are hating on Asians

          1. she going back to south ca tonight bro dont know her schedule hit and miss

    1. Other than EQ and NE, what other cafes are worth checking out? I have been out of the scene for sometime, and I believe it is time to get back.

      Any sighting of Jessica, Tiffany of Cafe Quyen?

      Is Heather of NE back?

      I heard there is a new cafe at the V Cafe location where it is a few down from Cafe Quyen. Is it worth checking out?

      1. Former v Cafe spot has changed so much it’s hard to keep track on what it actually is. Now its Islands Cafe? Anyways tents out front for shade but was closed. Might be daylight hours only.

        Dreaming of CQ Jessica…

  5. Paradise Cafe is open not sure the occasion but I see 5 waitresses Kelly, Jessa, Janet, Rachel & tina maybe taco Tuesday? What’s these paradise tacos everyone always rants about doesn’t seem to be on the menu

  6. I dropped by Cafe Paradise around noon, and the parking lot was empty. Is it open, or is there a new one that opened?

        1. Don’t go there. Someone got shot and killed there about a month ago. It is a dangerous place to hang out.

          1. Yeah, another reason I didn’t jump out of my car to knock on the door without many people around. 😀

        1. They sold a winning 18millions Super Lottery Plus ticket a few months ago. I bet they get a nice cut from that.

        1. Special appearance? Will someone ask her schedule or when’s the next time she is at EQ

    1. I went to luv cafe this past weekend and the owner i I think her name is Tran is pretty damn hot.

  7. Look, it’s fair and balanced — it’s got news for both Nazis and Neo-nazis. I fail to see the problem.

  8. What a rip-off at EQ! No server and the kitchen lady is serving coffee!!! Guys keep coming in

      1. home made coffee for 1$…the waitress ain’t gonna get jack from the customers…lol

          1. Lol good one. Couldn’t find an asian Heather though?
            I bet this Heather will get all excited to see how popular her ad gets. Lots of views, not many takers…

  9. Are NE and EQ open today?

    Santa Clara County
    March 2 – Santa Clara County has been moved to the red tier, which means indoor dining, movie theaters, gyms and other businesses can reopen with limited capacity.

    PS. I’m still hiding in my basement, can’t drive there to check if they are open. I would love to sniff Quyen and Chi Trang’s hair.

      1. NE&EQ both are open with thier doors closed you need to go right in Anglel back at EQ Mai stunning look enjoy your coffee

          1. just show your face at the front door at EQ then they buzz you in if not you out of luck or not hand some enough same with NE you konk three time at the side door Goood luck Bro

          2. I’ll tape a $100 bill on my forehead before I knock on the door!

            They will see green! They won’t care how I look.

  10. That’s waht you get for hanging out in slimey places in San Jose. Monterey Road is where all the dregs of society
    hang out.

    1. @Dr.Death i gotta agree with you. Some of these shops are in terrible locations, its an adventure every time i go.

    1. Wow. I can imagine the scene as everyone inside fled the place. Open since march though?

  11. Hi all,

    My green tricycle was stolen this morning-Feb 21- outside Nguyen Expresso around 1100 -1130. I’d like to ask my coffee shop friends to keep an eye out for a green three wheel motorized cycle and will given a finders reward to any finder. I’ll also treat for a round of iced coffee. Please email me at if you see/find the trike or need more information.


      1. Tran yeah I think the Mexican cofffee girls or Mexican customer stole the bike! Mexicans lie cheat n steal everything. Ask Eddie Guerrero…

      1. I was outside last weekend. After I saw the homeless guy with his pants down, I decided not to get out of my car.

      2. u miss out on a lotta life if you stay in the ‘safe’ neighborhoods. if you stay sober, don’t look afraid or carry a chip on your shoulder; you are gonna be reasonably safe. Especially if you bring a friend.

  12. Stop being a fukin loser like Trump. Stop being a zombie radical.
    He and the Republican party is racist against Asians and in general anti-social.
    Get your facts straight before posting bullshit.
    Anyone who voted for Trump needs to be hung…
    Trump only cares about himself, he has NEVER been a true Republican!
    If you think the media is fake, all you have to do is listen to his words.
    All these attacks against Asians were Trump’s hatred for China… and spread to all Asians…
    because these attackers are ignorant

    1. Wow. You’d think now that he’s out of office Trump Derangement Syndrome would die off. I guess not. TDS is alive and well. But I’d rather talk about coffee girls.

      1. Dennmann1313, No one cares about biden! people and media still talk about trump because he is the MAN not sleepy pedophile joe biden.

    2. NO2Trump–Can’t you understand that Trump’s issues are with the Chinese governmen? I’ve Chinese friends who feel the same way. Bidenhistime will cave in to the Chinese government. His family is evidently garnering a shitload of money from Chinese business dealings. Trump would have protected Tiawan & Vietnam from the CCP. Now Trời giúp họ because Biden won’t.

      1. You dumb foreigner! Is it impossible for you to read the news??? Trump was all talk and no action re: your last statement.

        1. NO2TRUMP–Sounds like you’re agreeing with me, whom you call a “dumb foreigner”. Biden will indeed let Chinese business & the CCP eat our lunch and pull all sorts of fast crap in south east Asia. He would have CONTINUED to let their government send COVID infected people here and will cut their businesses slack at the expense of our own. Do you have a problem with “foreigners”?

          1. NO2Trump–You don’t like “foreigners”? In the mid-19th Century there was a nativist political party called the “Know-Nothings” you’d probably feel more comfortable in than in a Vietnamese coffee shop.
            You might enjoy reading about that.

            To line his pockets, Biteme will let the CCP eat your lunch and drink your coffee ☕too as well as that of the Vietnamese & Taiwanese. Then you can read about it in the NY Times, if the print it.

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