Berlin vs Cape Town vs Mexico City vs Prague

Berlin 🇩🇪
Cape Town 🇿🇦
Mexico City 🇲🇽
Prague 🇨🇿
Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 8,850,000 1,305,737
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish Czech
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November March - May, October, November June - October
Currency EUR - Euro (€) ZAR - South African Rand (R) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1549 $1867 $1806
Rent $939 $618 $778 $780
Groceries $188 $129 $281 $158
Dining out $271 $269 $182 $240
Cafe $57 $32 $49 $53
Coworking space $174 $151 $159 $175
Mobile internet $23 $27 $25 $24
Public transportation $88 $55 $11 $61
Taxis $58 $21 $9 $33
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $49 $24 $19
Sport and cultural events $64 $19 $81 $19
Museums and sights $37 $15 $20 $35
Nightlife $63 $43 $64 $50
Gym $66 $36 $69 $56
Yoga $99 $56 $65 $66
Massage $56 $30 $51 $37
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber Uber, Liftago
Tap water Drinkable Not 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 sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Thick soups are often combined with stewed vegetables and baked meats to produce rich dishes. Gravies and creams are popular in Czech cuisine, as is beer!
Local food specialities Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky.
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 Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow