Berlin vs Istanbul vs New York City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 3,400,000 15,520,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) German Turkish English (de facto)
Level of English Very high Low Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Istanbul Airport (IST) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit May - September April - June, September and October April - June, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $803 $5431
Rent $1016 $432 $2891
Groceries $203 $54 $383
Dining out $294 $99 $656
Cafe $62 $22 $72
Coworking space $189 $60 $326
Mobile internet $25 $4 $45
Public transportation $95 $8 $220
Taxis $63 $7 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $3 $30
Sport and cultural events $69 $13 $100
Museums and sights $40 $18 $74
Nightlife $68 $26 $195
Gym $71 $11 $55
Yoga $107 $28 $197
Massage $61 $18 $109
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Turkcell, Turk Telekom AT&T, Verizon
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber BiTaksi Uber, Lyft
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight 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 Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee 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 59 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow