Click on each district below to search Prague Off the Map’s tips on where to hang out OR use it as a quick guide on how to decide where to live:
The historical heart of the center has fascinated people for ages. There is just something about Prague. It has a certain charm and magic. Of course, in the center you will find all of the major sites (Prague castle, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Josefov Jewish Quarter) and most of the tourists, but you will also find a lot of cool bars, restaurants, and galleries – that is if you know where to look. Unfortunately the center is usually not accessible as a place to live due to its inflated rent prices.The city center is walkable or you can use the #22 tram to get to most places.
Vínohrady is a beautiful district a hop away from the center. It actually starts from the top of Wenceslaus Square and continues all the way to Žižkov. Its tree-lined streets and main park with huge beer garden, Riegrovy Sady make it a popular neighborhood for many foreigners to live in. There are two main squares as well – Naměstí Miru and Jířiho z Poděbrad – where many restaurants, bars, and clubs are concentrated. Vyšehrad, also in Prague 2 (although not really near Vinohrady) and somewhat off most tourists’ radar is a historical fortress and is also said to be where the first Czechs settled.
Žižkov is said to have the most bars per capita in all of Europe and this alone makes it worthy of a stop. Žižkov was historically a working-class district; this can still be felt today even though many parts of Žižkov are undergoing a revitalization. Not to be missed is the small, local beer garden at Parukářka Park. Žižkov is simply a gritty, yet hip part of the city which shouldn’t be missed.
Nusle, historically a working-class district, still seems a bit rough around the edges. However, Nusle is a great place tucked under the ramparts of Vyšehrad and Vinohrady where you can find a typical Czech pub or restaurant. Want to see where real Czechs hang out? Nusle is recommended for an authentic cultural experience. A shortcut to Vinohrady is by way of Nuselské Schody (Nusle’s Stairs), which will spit you out right in the center of that aforementioned neighborhood.
Smíchov starts right next to Malá Strana and continues up the hill towards Prague’s residential area. The heart of Smíchov lies at Anděl, where you’ll find a shopping mall and a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions. Smíchov is a nice place to live if you head up into the hills.
A bit further out, the district of Dejvice starts at the end of the green metro line. From some of its streets you can see Prague Castle which is nearby; Stromovka Park also borders this neighborhood. Don’t be fooled that this is only a transportation hub as there are some places to explore here as well. There are some bikes paths in this area that can take you out to Divoká Šárka, a nature reserve with breathtaking landscapes not too far from Dejvice.
Letná and Holešovice, a short tram ride to the center really have a lot to offer. Once an industrial part of the city, these two neighborhoods are going through a cultural revitalization. New galleries seem to sprout up each week as do new bars, cafes, and bistros. Letná boasts one of the most amazing beer gardens (at Letná Park near the metronome) in the city with fantastic views of the city. Stromovka Park with the Vystavistě Fair Grounds are an easy way to waste away the afternoon. Prague 7 is also another popular place to live right now with locals and expats alike.
Karlín is another neighborhood close to the center and up and coming. It was worse hit by the flood in 2002 and since has been going through a revitalization. On one side is Žizkov and on the other is the area around Florenc bus station. Karlín is often overlooked, but this is a mistake as there are a handful of cool restaurants and galleries around.
Although not the most desirable of neighborhoods to reside in for expats, Libeň borders Žižkov, Karlín, and Holešovice. Part of it lies on the banks of the Vltava River. It was once the home of the famous Czech author, Bohumil Hrabal.
Vršovice is like Vinohrady’s little sister. It has all of the perks of Vinohrady – pubs, restaurants, cafes – but it’s just a tad bit farther from the center. Although Vršovice may not be as green as Vinohrady, it does have Grebovka Park and rent price are sometimes lower than its overpriced neighbor.