Berlin vs Lisbon vs Mexico City vs New York City vs Panama City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Population 3,400,000 517,000 8,850,000 8,323,340 880,691
Official language(s) German Portuguese Spanish English (de facto) Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate Very high Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September, October March - May, October, November April - June, September - November December - April
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) USD - US Dollar ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1984 $1867 $5431 $2359
Rent $939 $965 $778 $2891 $1036
Groceries $188 $136 $281 $383 $236
Dining out $271 $271 $182 $656 $371
Cafe $57 $37 $49 $72 $43
Coworking space $174 $164 $159 $326 $157
Mobile internet $23 $24 $25 $45 $21
Public transportation $88 $63 $11 $220 $12
Taxis $58 $27 $9 $78 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $18 $24 $30 $0
Sport and cultural events $64 $29 $81 $100 $35
Museums and sights $37 $24 $20 $74 $9
Nightlife $63 $47 $64 $195 $117
Gym $66 $65 $69 $55 $37
Yoga $99 $65 $65 $197 $163
Massage $56 $50 $51 $109 $75
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone Telcel, Movistar AT&T, Verizon Claro, Movistar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow Uber Uber, Lyft Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. 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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. 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 Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow 7 options on HappyCow