Cape Town vs Istanbul

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 4,617,560 15,520,000
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Turkish
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September and October
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1549 $659
Rent $618 $354
Groceries $129 $44
Dining out $269 $81
Cafe $32 $18
Coworking space $151 $49
Mobile internet $27 $3
Public transportation $55 $6
Taxis $21 $6
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $2
Sport and cultural events $19 $11
Museums and sights $15 $15
Nightlife $43 $22
Gym $36 $9
Yoga $56 $23
Massage $30 $15
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt BiTaksi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall 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 fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow