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Published on February 10, 2020
Check out 4 best affordable cafes in San JosePhoto: iJava Cafe /Yelp

Wondering where to find the best cafes near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable cafes in San Jose, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.

1. Clover Bakery & Cafe

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Topping the list is Clover Bakery & Cafe. Located at 4342 Moorpark Ave., Suite A in West San Jose, the bakery and cafe is the highest-rated cheap cafe in San Jose, boasting 4.5 stars out of 785 reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Laura O. wrote, "Consistently delicious since the day they opened with a lovely, homey atmosphere. In addition to a huge assortment of tasty, hard-to-find Japanese baked goods like curry bread, melon bread, yakisoba sandwiches, strawberry and cream sandwiches, battered and fried tofu "sliders" (or meat or croquette), seasonal fruit pastries, etc., they also feature cafe beverages including tea with foamed milk, flavored lattes, etc."

2. iJava Cafe

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Next up is downtown's iJava Cafe, situated at 387 Delmas Ave. With 4.5 stars out of 581 reviews on Yelp, the cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, serving coffee, crepes and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.

The restaurant's signature items are pistachio lattes and tiger-spiced chai tea, as well as short rib burritos, gourmet avocado toasts and a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

3. Breaktime Tea

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Downtown San Jose's Breaktime Tea, located at 110 E. San Fernando St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the budget-friendly cafe, which offers bubble tea and more, four stars out of 564 reviews. 

In addition to bubble tea, the eatery serves up shaved ice, cupcakes and cheesecake, alongside sandwiches, popcorn chicken and garlic fries.

4. Star Cafe

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Finally, there's Star Cafe, a North San Jose favorite with 4.5 stars out of 109 reviews. Stop by 2001 Gateway Place, Suite 151 E to hit up the cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers sandwiches and more, next time you're in the mood for cheap eats.

The cafe also serves vegetable soup, breakfast burritos and scrambled eggs, as well as a variety of coffee drinks.

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