Bucharest vs Cape Town vs Rio de Janeiro

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 1,830,000 4,617,560 6,718,903
Official language(s) Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Portuguese
Level of English High Very high Low
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit April - October March - May, September - November January - March, December
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1581 $1862 $1933
Rent $720 $743 $1124
Groceries $133 $155 $100
Dining out $193 $324 $222
Cafe $44 $39 $26
Coworking space $156 $181 $137
Mobile internet $8 $32 $7
Public transportation $25 $66 $35
Taxis $10 $25 $15
Shared bicycles and scooters $30 $59 $17
Sport and cultural events $34 $23 $58
Museums and sights $34 $18 $27
Nightlife $53 $52 $57
Gym $36 $43 $32
Yoga $69 $67 $42
Massage $37 $37 $33
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
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