Berlin vs Cape Town vs Madrid

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 6,578,0179
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2260 $1628 $2565
Rent $965 $649 $1206
Groceries $193 $135 $180
Dining out $279 $283 $322
Cafe $59 $34 $53
Coworking space $179 $158 $202
Mobile internet $24 $28 $11
Public transportation $90 $58 $80
Taxis $60 $22 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $51 $50
Sport and cultural events $65 $20 $56
Museums and sights $38 $15 $20
Nightlife $64 $46 $85
Gym $68 $37 $45
Yoga $102 $59 $146
Massage $58 $32 $65
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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. Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
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 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!
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow