Austin vs Istanbul vs Lviv vs New York City vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 15,520,000 731,387 8,323,340 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Turkish Ukrainian English (de facto) Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Low Low Very high High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Istanbul Airport (IST) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September and October May - September April - June, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) USD - US Dollar ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $659 $922 $5431 $1289
Rent $1650 $354 $400 $2891 $567
Groceries $243 $44 $91 $383 $10
Dining out $396 $81 $151 $656 $227
Cafe $66 $18 $21 $72 $27
Coworking space $331 $49 $79 $326 $140
Mobile internet $40 $3 $4 $45 $10
Public transportation $110 $6 $5 $220 $30
Taxis $73 $6 $12 $78 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $2 $16 $30 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $11 $13 $100 $18
Museums and sights $11 $15 $9 $74 $12
Nightlife $124 $22 $43 $195 $82
Gym $62 $9 $22 $55 $23
Yoga $139 $23 $30 $197 $62
Massage $89 $15 $27 $109 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone, Kyivstar AT&T, Verizon A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft BiTaksi Uber, Uklon Uber, Lyft TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not 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. 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). American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. 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 Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 9 options on HappyCow 309 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow