Cape Town vs Madrid vs Mexico City

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 4,617,560 6,578,0179 8,850,000
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Moderate Moderate
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September - November March - May, October, November
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1862 $2909 $1924
Rent $743 $1367 $801
Groceries $155 $204 $289
Dining out $324 $365 $188
Cafe $39 $60 $51
Coworking space $181 $229 $164
Mobile internet $32 $12 $25
Public transportation $66 $91 $11
Taxis $25 $51 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $59 $57 $24
Sport and cultural events $23 $63 $84
Museums and sights $18 $23 $20
Nightlife $52 $96 $66
Gym $43 $51 $71
Yoga $67 $165 $67
Massage $37 $74 $52
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber
Tap water Not drinkable 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. Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow