Berlin vs Istanbul vs Lisbon vs Mexico City vs Panama City

Berlin 🇩🇪
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Istanbul 🇹🇷
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Lisbon 🇵🇹
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Mexico City 🇲🇽
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Panama City 🇵🇦
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Population 3,400,000 15,520,000 517,000 8,850,000 880,691
Official language(s) German Turkish Portuguese Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Very high Moderate Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Istanbul Airport (IST) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit May - September April - June, September and October March - May, September, October March - May, October, November December - April
Currency EUR - Euro (€) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺) EUR - Euro (€) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $659 $1984 $1867 $2359
Rent $939 $354 $965 $778 $1036
Groceries $188 $44 $136 $281 $236
Dining out $271 $81 $271 $182 $371
Cafe $57 $18 $37 $49 $43
Coworking space $174 $49 $164 $159 $157
Mobile internet $23 $3 $24 $25 $21
Public transportation $88 $6 $63 $11 $12
Taxis $58 $6 $27 $9 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $2 $18 $24 $0
Sport and cultural events $64 $11 $29 $81 $35
Museums and sights $37 $15 $24 $20 $9
Nightlife $63 $22 $47 $64 $117
Gym $66 $9 $65 $69 $37
Yoga $99 $23 $65 $65 $163
Massage $56 $15 $50 $51 $75
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber BiTaksi Uber, FreeNow Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight Bacalhau à bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitão, polvo à lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameños, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow