Yelp now shows the local businesses that let you pay with Bitcoin

Stack of minted Bitcoins

Some online retailers are quick to say whether or not they'll accept Bitcoins, but local shops aren't always so forthcoming -- and community mapping efforts like CoinMap only reveal so much. It might not be hard to find a cryptocurrency-friendly store in the near future, though. Yelp has added a flag that lets business owners identify themselves as Bitcoin-friendly, making it easier to spot places that take virtual cash.

It's not a perfect solution at this stage. Some searches work, but you may occasionally have to visit a business page to confirm that it allows digital coinage. There's also no guarantee that you'll get a complete map, since locations have to both put themselves on Yelp and remember to set that flag. Even so, the addition should give you a better sense of when it's okay to leave your old-fashioned physical money at home.

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