Berlin vs Madrid vs New York City

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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 3,400,000 6,578,0179 8,323,340
Official language(s) German Spanish English (de facto)
Level of English Very high Moderate Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November April - June, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2381 $2703 $5431
Rent $1016 $1271 $2891
Groceries $203 $190 $383
Dining out $294 $339 $656
Cafe $62 $55 $72
Coworking space $189 $212 $326
Mobile internet $25 $11 $45
Public transportation $95 $85 $220
Taxis $63 $47 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $53 $30
Sport and cultural events $69 $59 $100
Museums and sights $40 $21 $74
Nightlife $68 $89 $195
Gym $71 $47 $55
Yoga $107 $154 $197
Massage $61 $69 $109
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone AT&T, Verizon
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber, Lyft
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. 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.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops 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! Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow