Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Rio de Janeiro vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 6,718,903 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Portuguese Korean
Level of English Low Moderate Low Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Galeรฃo International Airport Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November January - March, December March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$) 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 $1858 $2479
Rent $687 $794 $1080 $904
Groceries $86 $287 $96 $404
Dining out $157 $186 $213 $239
Cafe $35 $50 $25 $79
Coworking space $96 $163 $132 $252
Mobile internet $6 $25 $7 $45
Public transportation $12 $11 $34 $46
Taxis $12 $9 $14 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $17 $15
Sport and cultural events $21 $83 $56 $44
Museums and sights $29 $20 $26 $7
Nightlife $42 $65 $55 $105
Gym $18 $70 $31 $79
Yoga $45 $67 $40 $127
Massage $29 $52 $32 $85
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar Tim, Claro, Vivo KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, 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 Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common. 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 Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros. 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) The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city. Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow