Berlin vs Lisbon vs Medellin vs Mexico City vs Panama City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 3,400,000 517,000 2,427,000 8,850,000 880,691
Official language(s) German Portuguese Spanish Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Low Moderate Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September, October January - April, December March - May, October, November December - April
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) COP - Colombian Peso ($) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted in some places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1984 $1293 $1867 $2359
Rent $939 $965 $732 $778 $1036
Groceries $188 $136 $87 $281 $236
Dining out $271 $271 $131 $182 $371
Cafe $57 $37 $18 $49 $43
Coworking space $174 $164 $96 $159 $157
Mobile internet $23 $24 $16 $25 $21
Public transportation $88 $63 $21 $11 $12
Taxis $58 $27 $14 $9 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $18 $0 $24 $0
Sport and cultural events $64 $29 $8 $81 $35
Museums and sights $37 $24 $9 $20 $9
Nightlife $63 $47 $73 $64 $117
Gym $66 $65 $15 $69 $37
Yoga $99 $65 $54 $65 $163
Massage $56 $50 $20 $51 $75
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone Claro, Tigo Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars Tip 10% in restaurants 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow EasyTaxi Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not 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 A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats 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 Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa 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 Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food 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 153 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow