Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1324 $1924 $2550
Rent $711 $801 $930
Groceries $89 $289 $416
Dining out $163 $188 $246
Cafe $36 $51 $81
Coworking space $99 $164 $260
Mobile internet $6 $25 $47
Public transportation $12 $11 $47
Taxis $12 $9 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $16
Sport and cultural events $22 $84 $46
Museums and sights $30 $20 $8
Nightlife $44 $66 $108
Gym $19 $71 $81
Yoga $46 $67 $131
Massage $30 $52 $87
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water 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, 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 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) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow