Berlin vs New York City vs Sofia

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 3,400,000 8,323,340 1,270,169
Official language(s) German English (de facto) Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Very high High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit May - September April - June, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) USD - US Dollar ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $5431 $1396
Rent $1016 $2891 $614
Groceries $203 $383 $11
Dining out $294 $656 $246
Cafe $62 $72 $29
Coworking space $189 $326 $151
Mobile internet $25 $45 $11
Public transportation $95 $220 $32
Taxis $63 $78 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $30 $43
Sport and cultural events $69 $100 $20
Museums and sights $40 $74 $13
Nightlife $68 $195 $88
Gym $71 $55 $25
Yoga $107 $197 $67
Massage $61 $109 $32
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone AT&T, Verizon A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Lyft TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread 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. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow