Berlin vs Cape Town vs Larnaca

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
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Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 144,900
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Greek
Level of English Very high Very high High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November March - May, October - December
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 No
Average monthly costs $2491 $1781 $2218
Rent $1063 $710 $768
Groceries $213 $148 $177
Dining out $307 $310 $295
Cafe $65 $37 $64
Coworking space $197 $173 $236
Mobile internet $26 $31 $40
Public transportation $99 $63 $71
Taxis $66 $24 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $56 $51
Sport and cultural events $72 $22 $32
Museums and sights $41 $17 $9
Nightlife $71 $50 $124
Gym $74 $41 $122
Yoga $112 $64 $119
Massage $64 $35 $61
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt nTaxi
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not 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. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
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 Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available