Berlin vs Cape Town vs Lisbon

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 3,400,000 4,617,560 517,000
Official language(s) German Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Portuguese
Level of English Very high Very high Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November March - May, September, October
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 almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2562 $1862 $2311
Rent $1094 $743 $1124
Groceries $219 $155 $158
Dining out $316 $324 $316
Cafe $67 $39 $43
Coworking space $203 $181 $191
Mobile internet $27 $32 $28
Public transportation $102 $66 $73
Taxis $68 $25 $32
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $59 $21
Sport and cultural events $74 $23 $34
Museums and sights $43 $18 $28
Nightlife $73 $52 $55
Gym $77 $43 $75
Yoga $115 $67 $75
Massage $66 $37 $58
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone MTN, Vodacom Vodafone
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
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 Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 401 listings on Happy Cow