Austin vs Barcelona vs Buenos Aires

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 5,585,556 2,900,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Catalan, Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high High High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September - November September - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) ARS - Argentine Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!)
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2776 $1751
Rent $1650 $1085 $1119
Groceries $243 $141 $129
Dining out $396 $469 $161
Cafe $66 $52 $33
Coworking space $331 $248 $125
Mobile internet $40 $12 $15
Public transportation $110 $148 $11
Taxis $73 $56 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $28 $18
Sport and cultural events $54 $95 $32
Museums and sights $11 $39 $5
Nightlife $124 $130 $31
Gym $62 $95 $19
Yoga $139 $108 $25
Massage $89 $69 $13
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Movistar Movistar, Claro, Personal
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Cabify, FreeNow Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only)
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 98 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow