Istanbul vs Lviv vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 15,520,000 731,387 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish Ukrainian Spanish Korean
Level of English Low Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October May - September March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1279 $1000 $1907 $2479
Rent $687 $434 $794 $904
Groceries $86 $99 $287 $404
Dining out $157 $163 $186 $239
Cafe $35 $22 $50 $79
Coworking space $96 $86 $163 $252
Mobile internet $6 $4 $25 $45
Public transportation $12 $5 $11 $46
Taxis $12 $13 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $17 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $21 $14 $83 $44
Museums and sights $29 $9 $20 $7
Nightlife $42 $47 $65 $105
Gym $18 $24 $70 $79
Yoga $45 $33 $67 $127
Massage $29 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone, Kyivstar Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, Uklon Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes). 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 9 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow