Singapore’s first fully cashless cafe lets you buy coffee with Bitcoin – here’s what it’s like inside

Singapore’s first completely cashless cafe has officially opened its doors in the CBD.

Ducatus Cafe, owned by cryptocurrency mining company Ducatus Global, accepts zero cash, and is fully dependent on cashless payments such as credit cards, Nets and of course – cryptocurrencies.

Currently, the eatery at Oxley Tower on Robinson Road accepts Bitcoin and its very own Ducatus coin, but CEO Ronny Tome says there are plans to accept other cryptocurrencies soon.

“The idea of the cafe was developed because we wanted to make sure that people can use our Ducatus coins, but also Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies in day-to-day business.

“Right now, cryptocurrencies are mostly used for speculation on markets… We want to make it part of our daily life,” he said.

Ducatus coin launched in Singapore in January this year, and each coin is now worth around S$0.13, Mr Tome added.

With an in-store cryptocurrency ATM, customers can make cash-to-Bitcoin deposits while waiting for their coffee and sandwich at the cafe.

Business Insider visited Ducatus Cafe on Thursday (Dec 21) morning and found that cryptocurrency was not the only theme the cafe has dedicated itself to.

Here’s a look at what we found:


The Singapore Ducatus Cafe is one out of two existing branches in the world. The other is located in Seminyak, Bali.

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The Singapore cafe opened on Thursday morning in traditional fashion, complete with a lion dance performance.

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You’ll find a range of coffee options at the cafe, including Singapore-style kopi and teh, and ‘Just Java’ gourmet coffee.

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There is also a range of organic tea (priced at $4.50 a cup) to choose from.

We are told that the company is dedicated to bringing in sustainably sourced coffee and ingredients.

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Food options include wraps, salads, sandwiches, yoghurt parfaits and other healthy bites.

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A cryptocurrency ATM sits in the cafe.

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So of course, paying by cryptocurrency is easy.

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No cash is needed at all, and you can use Ducatus Coin or Bitcoin for now.

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The system worked quickly during our visit, and a single payment took just seconds to complete.

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The cups used for eat-in orders are made from sustainable and eco-friendly rice husk.

While the takeaway cups are regular paper cups, each feature a cafe logo printed by hand.

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Tables at the cafe are mostly two-seaters, creating a rather cosy setting.

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The cafe has its own merchandise as well. The range which caught our eye was the skin and body care range.

This is probably also the first cryptocurrency-branded shampoo in Singapore!

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Of course, you can also buy take-home packs of tea, nuts and coffee sourced from sustainable producers in Bali. 

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