Berlin vs Bucharest vs Cape Town

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Population 3,400,000 1,830,000 4,617,560
Official language(s) German Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Level of English Very high High Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Most common months to visit May - September April - October March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2383 $1462 $1585
Rent $1017 $665 $632
Groceries $203 $123 $132
Dining out $294 $178 $276
Cafe $62 $41 $33
Coworking space $189 $144 $154
Mobile internet $25 $8 $27
Public transportation $95 $23 $56
Taxis $63 $10 $21
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $27 $50
Sport and cultural events $69 $31 $20
Museums and sights $40 $32 $15
Nightlife $68 $49 $44
Gym $71 $33 $36
Yoga $107 $64 $57
Massage $61 $34 $31
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. 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 sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow