Lviv vs Playa del Carmen vs Sofia

Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 731,387 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) Ukrainian Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Low Moderate High
Main airport Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit May - September January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $745 $2138 $1265
Rent $324 $921 $556
Groceries $74 $126 $10
Dining out $122 $207 $223
Cafe $17 $42 $27
Coworking space $64 $160 $137
Mobile internet $3 $21 $10
Public transportation $4 $17 $29
Taxis $10 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $13 $49 $39
Sport and cultural events $10 $96 $18
Museums and sights $7 $216 $12
Nightlife $35 $77 $80
Gym $18 $42 $23
Yoga $25 $54 $61
Massage $22 $101 $29
SIM card options Vodafone, Kyivstar Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Uklon N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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). Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 9 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow