Berlin vs Cape Town vs Porto

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 237,559
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Portuguese
Level of English Very high Very high Very High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November May - September
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 $2491 $1781 $1991
Rent $1063 $710 $812
Groceries $213 $148 $168
Dining out $307 $310 $317
Cafe $65 $37 $51
Coworking space $197 $173 $109
Mobile internet $26 $31 $24
Public transportation $99 $63 $108
Taxis $66 $24 $28
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $56 $12
Sport and cultural events $72 $22 $51
Museums and sights $41 $17 $27
Nightlife $71 $50 $74
Gym $74 $41 $64
Yoga $112 $64 $93
Massage $64 $35 $54
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Vodafone, MEO, NOS
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify
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. A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa
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 Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 46 options on Happy Cow