Barcelona vs Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 5,585,556 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes No
Average monthly costs $2713 $1279 $1907 $2479
Rent $1061 $687 $794 $904
Groceries $138 $86 $287 $404
Dining out $458 $157 $186 $239
Cafe $51 $35 $50 $79
Coworking space $242 $96 $163 $252
Mobile internet $12 $6 $25 $45
Public transportation $145 $12 $11 $46
Taxis $55 $12 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $5 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $93 $21 $83 $44
Museums and sights $38 $29 $20 $7
Nightlife $127 $42 $65 $105
Gym $93 $18 $70 $79
Yoga $106 $45 $67 $127
Massage $68 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow