Berlin vs Cape Town vs Hanoi vs Mexico City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 8,053,663 8,850,000
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, October, November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2381 $1578 $1199 $1844
Rent $1017 $629 $517 $768
Groceries $203 $131 $156 $278
Dining out $294 $274 $137 $180
Cafe $62 $33 $40 $49
Coworking space $189 $153 $74 $157
Mobile internet $25 $27 $4 $24
Public transportation $95 $56 $20 $11
Taxis $63 $21 $14 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $50 $0 $23
Sport and cultural events $69 $20 $3 $80
Museums and sights $40 $15 $4 $19
Nightlife $68 $44 $91 $63
Gym $71 $36 $59 $68
Yoga $107 $57 $59 $65
Massage $61 $31 $21 $50
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone Telcel, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread 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. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow