Austin vs Cape Town vs Larnaca

Austin 🇺🇸
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Larnaca 🇨🇾
Population 926,426 4,617,560 144,900
Official language(s) English (de facto) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Greek
Level of English Very high Very high High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September - November March - May, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1580 $2120
Rent $1650 $630 $734
Groceries $243 $131 $169
Dining out $396 $275 $282
Cafe $66 $33 $61
Coworking space $331 $154 $226
Mobile internet $40 $27 $38
Public transportation $110 $56 $68
Taxis $73 $21 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $50 $49
Sport and cultural events $54 $20 $30
Museums and sights $11 $15 $9
Nightlife $124 $44 $119
Gym $62 $36 $116
Yoga $139 $57 $114
Massage $89 $31 $59
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. MTN, Vodacom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Bolt nTaxi
Tap water 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. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available