Cape Town vs Larnaca vs Seoul

Cape Town 🇿🇦
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Larnaca 🇨🇾
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Seoul 🇰🇷
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Population 4,617,560 144,900 9,963,452
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Greek Korean
Level of English Very high High Moderate
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, October - December March - May, September - November
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (€) KRW - South Korean won (₩)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1781 $2218 $2426
Rent $710 $768 $885
Groceries $148 $177 $396
Dining out $310 $295 $234
Cafe $37 $64 $77
Coworking space $173 $236 $247
Mobile internet $31 $40 $44
Public transportation $63 $71 $45
Taxis $24 $47 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $56 $51 $15
Sport and cultural events $22 $32 $43
Museums and sights $17 $9 $7
Nightlife $50 $124 $103
Gym $41 $122 $77
Yoga $64 $119 $124
Massage $35 $61 $83
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt nTaxi Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 sautéed 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.. Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local 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. Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 57 options on Happy Cow