Berlin vs Lisbon vs Madrid vs Mexico City vs Panama City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 3,400,000 517,000 6,578,0179 8,850,000 880,691
Official language(s) German Portuguese Spanish Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate Moderate Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September, October March - May, September - November March - May, October, November December - April
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1984 $2498 $1867 $2359
Rent $939 $965 $1174 $778 $1036
Groceries $188 $136 $175 $281 $236
Dining out $271 $271 $313 $182 $371
Cafe $57 $37 $51 $49 $43
Coworking space $174 $164 $196 $159 $157
Mobile internet $23 $24 $10 $25 $21
Public transportation $88 $63 $78 $11 $12
Taxis $58 $27 $44 $9 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $18 $49 $24 $0
Sport and cultural events $64 $29 $54 $81 $35
Museums and sights $37 $24 $20 $20 $9
Nightlife $63 $47 $82 $64 $117
Gym $66 $65 $44 $69 $37
Yoga $99 $65 $142 $65 $163
Massage $56 $50 $64 $51 $75
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. 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, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow