Bucharest vs Cape Town vs Porto

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 1,830,000 4,617,560 237,559
Official language(s) Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Portuguese
Level of English High Very high Very High
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO)
Most common months to visit April - October March - May, September - November May - September
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1351 $1549 $1759
Rent $615 $618 $717
Groceries $114 $129 $148
Dining out $165 $269 $280
Cafe $38 $32 $45
Coworking space $133 $151 $96
Mobile internet $7 $27 $21
Public transportation $21 $55 $95
Taxis $9 $21 $25
Shared bicycles and scooters $25 $49 $10
Sport and cultural events $29 $19 $45
Museums and sights $29 $15 $24
Nightlife $45 $43 $66
Gym $30 $36 $56
Yoga $59 $56 $82
Massage $31 $30 $48
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom Vodafone, MEO, NOS
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 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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. A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts.
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 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 Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias 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 33 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 46 options on Happy Cow