Istanbul vs Mexico City vs New York City vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 8,323,340 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish English (de facto) Korean
Level of English Low Moderate Very high Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November April - June, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) USD - US Dollar ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No No
Average monthly costs $1279 $1907 $5431 $2479
Rent $687 $794 $2891 $904
Groceries $86 $287 $383 $404
Dining out $157 $186 $656 $239
Cafe $35 $50 $72 $79
Coworking space $96 $163 $326 $252
Mobile internet $6 $25 $45 $45
Public transportation $12 $11 $220 $46
Taxis $12 $9 $78 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $30 $15
Sport and cultural events $21 $83 $100 $44
Museums and sights $29 $20 $74 $7
Nightlife $42 $65 $195 $105
Gym $18 $70 $55 $79
Yoga $45 $67 $197 $127
Massage $29 $52 $109 $85
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar AT&T, Verizon KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber Uber, Lyft Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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 American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse. 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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow