Buenos Aires vs Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 2,900,000 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Spanish Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit September - December April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency ARS - Argentine Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1737 $1279 $1907 $2479
Rent $1110 $687 $794 $904
Groceries $128 $86 $287 $404
Dining out $160 $157 $186 $239
Cafe $33 $35 $50 $79
Coworking space $124 $96 $163 $252
Mobile internet $15 $6 $25 $45
Public transportation $11 $12 $11 $46
Taxis $12 $12 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $5 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $32 $21 $83 $44
Museums and sights $5 $29 $20 $7
Nightlife $31 $42 $65 $105
Gym $19 $18 $70 $79
Yoga $25 $45 $67 $127
Massage $13 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options Movistar, Claro, Personal Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options 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 Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores 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 Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas 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 79 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow