Austin vs Buenos Aires vs Istanbul vs Lviv vs Mexico City vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 2,900,000 15,520,000 731,387 8,850,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Turkish Ukrainian Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Very high High Low Low Moderate High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Istanbul Airport (IST) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November September - December April - June, September and October May - September March - May, October, November April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1321 $659 $922 $1867 $1289
Rent $1650 $844 $354 $400 $778 $567
Groceries $243 $98 $44 $91 $281 $10
Dining out $396 $121 $81 $151 $182 $227
Cafe $66 $25 $18 $21 $49 $27
Coworking space $331 $95 $49 $79 $159 $140
Mobile internet $40 $11 $3 $4 $25 $10
Public transportation $110 $9 $6 $5 $11 $30
Taxis $73 $9 $6 $12 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $14 $2 $16 $24 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $24 $11 $13 $81 $18
Museums and sights $11 $4 $15 $9 $20 $12
Nightlife $124 $23 $22 $43 $64 $82
Gym $62 $14 $9 $22 $69 $23
Yoga $139 $19 $23 $30 $65 $62
Massage $89 $10 $15 $27 $51 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Movistar, Claro, Personal Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone, Kyivstar Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) BiTaksi Uber, Uklon Uber TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not 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. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes). Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 9 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow