Shopping List (Price Check)

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These posts include a standard shopping list we’ll use for every place that introduces typical local produce and goods while also serving as a cost of living index.

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

Price Check: a Cape Town Shopping List

This was our first visit to Cape Town so we didn’t have any expectations about what things cost or the cost of living generally, so we were surprised to find it fairly affordable, especially when it came to grocery shopping. While the cost of groceries...
Shopping List — what things cost in Buenos Aires

Shopping List — what things cost in Buenos Aires

Aside from Buenos Aires’ obvious charms – its friendly people, delicious food, brilliant wines, laidback lifestyle, and its cool factor – the affordability of the city is what has also made it so appealing in recent years and so popular with second-home-buying North American expats...
Price Check: a Costa Rica Shopping List

Price Check: a Costa Rica Shopping List

Nowhere on this trip has staying in a holiday rental instead of a hotel and cooking in made more sense to us than in Costa Rica and specifically our latest ‘home’, Manuel Antonio. Aside from the fact that very few of the dozens of hotels...
Price Check: a Mexico City Shopping List

Price Check: a Mexico City Shopping List

Mexico City is super affordable and some things are dirt cheap, making it a brilliant budget destination and a great place to settle in for a while. Cervezas (beers), for example, cost around $1, the same price they cost when we first visited 17 years...
Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

Price Check: an Austin Shopping List

If you’re staying in a holiday rental in Austin and you’re a foodie and like to stay in and cook sometimes, you’ll be in heaven. Austin is blessed with beautiful produce and brilliant places to buy it — whether you want to shop the farmers’ markets...
Price Check: a New York Shopping List

Price Check: a New York Shopping List

One of the huge advantages of staying in the East Village instead of, say, around the Times Square, is that there are heaps of affordable supermarkets dotted about, which is wonderful if you’re renting an apartment and want to cook occasionally, or, at the very...
Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

Price Check: a Bali Shopping List

If you’re staying in a holiday rental in a village like Tumbak Bayuh in Bali, as we have been, you could find yourself a little frustrated by shopping in Bali, and might be happy to hand over the task to your villa cook if you...
Price Check: a Tokyo Shopping List

Price Check: a Tokyo Shopping List

Shopping is terrific fun in Tokyo, whether you’re browsing the little shops selling handmade hairbrushes in Asakusa or the sleek boutiques specialising in traditional gifts in Tokyo Midtown. But shopping for food in Tokyo is especially good fun, making research for the Tokyo shopping list,...
Price Check: a Venice Shopping List

Price Check: a Venice Shopping List

We usually take our prices for Price Check from the local supermarket, or supermercato, regardless of what things cost at the local market or mercato, because supermarkets generally provide a better yardstick for comparing prices between different cities and countries, and sometimes supermarkets may be...
Price Check: a Kotor Shopping List

Price Check: a Kotor Shopping List

Shopping may not be a highlight of a visit to Kotor, but shopping for food here can be fun. There is a tiny communal market every morning except Sunday just outside the city walls, a few small supermarkets in the newer parts of town, and...