‘Chai Ada’ – UK’s first café accepting crypto payments

In a first, Pakistani youth sets up Crypto ‘Chai Ada’ in London

Are you in London? Head for some fresh Karak Chai to ‘Chai Ada’. But, make sure you have cryptocurrencies to pay the bill afterwards. Yes! You heard it right. 

A tea café named ‘Chai Ada’ in West London has started accepting payments in cryptocurrency. It was launched by Tayab Shafiq, a young Pakistani guy. The café also offers various desi dishes, including kebabs, biryani, parathas, and rolls. However, accepting payments in cryptocurrencies is its standout feature.

The 26-year-old entrepreneur has ensured that customers can pay the bill with Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Verge, and Horizen.

Shafiq has dedicated an app to this purpose connected to his venture. Payments are instantly made from crypto accounts against the British pounds.

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Decorated by Lahori truck art, the café is situated next to the White City Bus station. It has become an instant hit with its colourful chairs outside, which attract the public’s attention. The chairs and tables are brought from Lahore, and every table has a Ludo game for customers. The roof of the shop is braided with Pakistani truck art umbrellas.

Shafiq says he has been “blown over” by the response within a week of his café’s opening. He said about 20% of the payments had been made in bitcoins and other digital currencies so far.

Even though cryptocurrencies are full of risks, the use of digital currencies is growing.

Shafiq says he is aware of the risks involved but, this is the future. 

Shafiq made headlines in the UK with his Biryani café in London. He used the iconic red phone box for it. However, he had to sell the phone box business as the English heritage didn’t approve of continuing with his takeaway service courtesy of regulatory issues.

“When setting Chai Ada, I knew that the Crypto, NFT, and the Metaverse are the future.”

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