Where to Live in Prague
Although almost all of Prague, including the outer suburbs, is well-connected by 24 transport services, most expats prefer to live in one of the inner suburbs although not in the Old Town itself. Prague is divided into 22 administrative districts with Prague 1 being in the very heart of the city. The following districts are the most popular for expats.
Prague 1 – The Old Town
Prague 1 comprises the Old Town, Josefov (the Jewish Quarter) and Hradčany. The vast majority of Prague's medieval heart is located in Prague 1. This area of town is by far the most expensive in the city and while it can be a convenient location to live in, it is often noisy and overcrowded. Most expats prefer to live in the other central suburbs, most of which are in walking distance or a few tram stops from Prague 1. If you want to live in Prague 1, you will likely want to avoid the overcrowded and noisy areas of the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the region around Charles Bridge.
Prague 2 – Vinohrady
Partly located in Prague 3 and Prague 10 as well, Vinohrady is one of Prague's most pleasant districts. It is one of the city's most upmarket districts and the higher rental prices reflect this. As far as public transport goes, Vinohrady largely revolves around the metro stations I.P. Pavlova and Náměstí Míru, both of which are one stop away from the very centre of the town. Vinohrady is mostly composed of grand nineteenth century buildings. There are plenty of quiet streets, restaurants, pubs and shops in the area, making the district one of the top choices for expats.
Prague 3 – Žižkov
Žižkov is home to Prague's more alternative scene. It boasts similar architecture to Vinohrady, although it is, in some areas, rather more run down. However, the district is extremely popular among expats partly due to its great abundance of pubs and nightlife venues. Žižkov is also home to the 216 metre-high Prague TV Tower. Western Žižkov ends near the top of Wenceslas Square and the National Museum making much of it in walking distance from the Old Town. Transport connections are also abundant, however. The area is served by three metro stations on Prague's Line A (the Green Line). These are Jiřího z Poděbrad (at the TV tower), Flora and Želivského.
Prague 4 – Vyšehrad and Nusle
Prague 4 is a huge district extending far into the outskirts. However, the inner regions of the district comprise the areas of Nusle and Vyšehrad, parts of which are located in Prague 2. This area of town is somewhat further from the centre than the previous ones mentioned but transport connections are very good and it is often considerably cheaper. Vyšehrad is home to a 10th century castle and the St Peter and Paul Basilica. This very historic and attractive area of Prague is ideal for those looking for a quieter and cheaper area to live in Prague. Nusle, just to the east, is home to many fine nineteenth century buildings and various pubs, restaurants and shops.
Prague 5 – Smíchov
Smíchov is located to the southwest and just across the Vltava River from the Old Town, making it a convenient location for many expats. It is very well connected by public transport and the main area of the district revolves around the Anděl and Smíchov Nádraží metro stations. There is a large shopping mall in the area and plenty of pubs, shops and restaurants. This region of Prague is often fairly crowded and noisy although prices are typically far lower than the neighbouring Prague 1.
Prague 6 – Dejvice
A little bit far out of town for some people, Dejvice does have its attractions such as being well-connected to the rest of Prague and the airport and lower rental prices than much of the wider centre. Dejvice is bordered by the quiet suburb of Letná to the east. The suburb largely revolves around a large roundabout with the Dejvická metro station.
Prague 7 – Letná, Holešovice
Letná is one of the favourite places for expats in Prague, particularly among Americans. It is home to many quiet and leafy streets and many expat-friendly bars and international restaurants. It is also home to the famous Letná beer gardens which offer splendid views of the Old Town just across the Vltava River. Letná is relatively expensive compared to neighbouring Holešovice. Holešovice is home to Prague Zoo, the National Gallery of Prague and the Praha-Holešovice international train station.