Coming to Prague for a couple of months and want to know where to search for an apartment? In this article we made living in Prague analysis, where the most popular areas are described by locals.
One of the cleanest parts of the city with historical old buildings situated very close to the city centre. This district is a home for the most of the stylish cafés, restaurants and bars of the Prague. Great amount of expats is staying in this quarter, especially around Jiřího z Poděbrad square. Since the area is located just next to the city centre, it offers a quick escape from the rush of the tourist places. Vinohrady are also a great choice for those who like to enjoy the fresh air in parks and views of the city landscape. Both Gröbovka park and Riegrovy sady are easily accesible and offers stunning views of Prague rooftops. On the other hand rent prices in Vinohrady are considered to be the highest in the city.
* The red marker on the map marks the closest shopping mall.
Quarter sharing its southern border with Vinohrady is well known for its underground atmosphere among Prague citizens. Nevetheless there's no need to be afraid. The streets get more dirty, but you can enjoy the real life of Czech students and young people, who mostly stay there. If you seek for a proper Czech pub you will surely find one (actually not one, but a lot) in Žižkov. Riegrovy sady and Vítkov hill are the closest parks, where to recharge your batteries after a long day. Rental prices tend to be lower than in case of Vinohrady, but do not expect a great fall - the neighbourhood is very popular and located just few minutes away from the main railway station and the city centre.
You probably heard of Vinohrady. But, what if we tell you that there's a place in Prague offering as much as they do for a lower price per your dream room. Vršovice, mostly their northwestern part, is full of stylish cafés, restaurants and pubs. You may have already heard about Krymská street or as they say "Montmartre of Prague". Hipsters from all around the world meet there in the cosy cafés (turning into bars during the night). Gröbovka park is just behing the conrner. Want to undertake a longer run or walk? There's a pathway by the Botič stream leading to the edge of Prague and starting in the heart of Vršovice.
This is the most changing part of the city. Old renovated houses, new office buildings, bars and amazing cafés - thats what you'll see at the first sight. Furthermore you can find parks and cycling trails nearby. Karlín is also very popular with expats who often choose it as a place to stay. Nowadays the rental prices are increasing and coming close to the level of Vinohrady, nevertheless you can find some good deals in this location too.
It is the first left bank quarter we introduce you. Since the area is very large we mention some specific characteristics of some parts of the district. Anděl is the centre of Smíchov with streets of lively atmoshere, many pubs, bars, cultural venues and shopping possibilities. You can find all the best of the other parts of the city at one place. The same applies to the area by the river and around Arbesovo náměstí or Újezd. Some quiet and romatic side lanes with many parks are located nearby (e.g. Petřín Hill). At the same time the hood around Smichovské nadraží (railway station) and Na Knížecí (bus station) are places where homeless people stay overnight. Neverthless we wouldn't say its an unsafe location. If you seek for lower rent of your room, the western part of Smíchov is the option, where better prices with great transport services to the city centre meet.
The Old Town itself is what the most of the expats are searching for when looking for a place to stay. We cannot recommend you living in this location which is very noisy all day long. Also, there are many tourist traps around and less shopping oportunities for usual Czech prices. Absence of parks and green vegetation makes it terribly warm during the summer. One more thing to hate is the price per private room which usually attacks 10 000 CZK. Not to mention only negative characteristics - who wouldn't want to wake up and see the view of Prague Old Town! (but be prepared to pay for that 🙂
Better choice than the Old Town, but mostly pretty far from the price/quality ratio. Most of the negative characteristics of the Old Town are present in the case of this quarter too. In this part you start seeing Prague citizens, so if you prefer living in the walkable distance to the historical part, this quarter could be the right for you. Do not recommend you living in the neighborhood of the Wenceslas square, which is some kind of underworld of the Prague (during the night). Not to tell only negative features, the area at the south called Albertov offers calm environment, wide shopping possibilities and cosy restaurants or cafés having the Folimanka Park nearby.
Are you a sportsman? Than you should consider searching for an apartment in Holešovice district. Letenské sady and Stromovka are one of the largest parks in the city offering both beautiful sceneries (Letenské sady has a view of the city centre) and a space to relax. Holešovice may seem to be located far, but in fact due to the great transport connections, you are almost one step of the city centre. If you love the night life you may found useful the location of most of the Prague biggest clubs - e.g. SaSaZu, Mecca or Cross Club are located in this area. Holešovice are also home to City Market, where you can get fresh food as well as clothes and electronics (Alza.cz).
Nusle is the quarter at the south of New Town and Vršovice districts, intersected by a highway. The areas located around Náměstí bratří Synků, Jezerka park and Pražského povstání metro station are mostly comprised of block of flats and apartment buildings. The part called Pankrác is the shopping and entertaining center of Nusle with high-rise apartment and office buildings. Nusle doesn't offer many nightlife opportunities, it is more residential area.
The quarter situated by the right bank of the Vltava river southern from the city centre is mostly residential. It is considered to be a very safe area with many options for sporty people (e.g. Podolí swimming pool or riverside cycleway). There are plenty of restaurants, in summer Žluté lázně beach offers sport and relax oporutinities. However if you are a lover of stylish cafés or nighlife, Podolí won't be the area to live in for you.