Prague One – The cultural heart of the city
Prague One is not only the city's busiest district, it is also its oldest: the area encompasses the historically important areas of Staré Město (Old Town), Malá Strana (The Lesser Town), and Nové Město (New Town). Therefore the best galleries and museums are to be found here, although simply walking around and sightseeing is rewarding in itself.
Prague One is surprisingly cosmopolitan; tourists mingle with the city's many expatriate residents. The result is that most bars and restaurants offer English-language menus and employ multilingual staff, although this invariably means the prices are much higher than those outside the immediate centre. There are good shopping facilities – see our shopping guide – selling common goods as well as luxury goods such as Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton.
Public transport: metro stations Muzeum, Můstek, Náměstí Republiky, Staroměstská and Malostranská.
Prague Two – Classy Vinohrady
For those who like to walk off the beaten track, experience Prague as it really is, Prague Two is ideal. “Vinohrady” literally means „vineyards“, and the area still contains working vineyards positioned behind beer gardens and restaurants.
Vinohrady is literally only five minutes away from the centre by metro, and yet most tourists never stray there. Therefore the district is more relaxed, with parks and benches, and the bars and restaurants – which meet the quality of those in Prague One – are a little cheaper. We have to admit Vinohrady is one of our favourite places in Prague.
Public transport: metro stations I.P. Pavlova, Náměstí Míru, Jiřího z Poděbrad and Flora.
Prague Three and Four - Žižkov and Nusle, the cheaper areas
These districts were formerly solid working class areas.
As the prices steadily decline in these areas so do the linguistic and serving skills of the bar staff and waiters. There are no metro stops in Žižkov and Nusle so if you stay here you will be dependant on the bus and tram services.
Prague Five – Anděl, an area on the rise
Anděl borders with Malá Strana (The Lesser Town), and from here you can easily spot Prague Castle. Therefore you are close to the sightseeing areas (via public transport) without being too close: Anděl is well known for offering good quality self-catering apartments so the area is ideal for longer stays.
Anděl is particularly popular because of its large shopping centre, Nový Smíchov, which features a cinema, a large Tesco, and many assorted shops and restaurants. Yet the district is not entirely commercialized: amongst the American fast-food restaurants you will also find traditional Czech pubs/restaurants, and even a few independent rock bars in the backstreets!
Public Transport: Main station is Anděl although Smíchovské Nádraží (a minor train and bus station) is also located in Prague Five.
Prague Six – Close to the airport
This relatively calm district is considered to be one of the better residential areas of the city: lovely detached houses and luxury apartments share the streets with embassies. At the moment Prague Six is certainly a property hotspot with many investing in the area's booming housing market.
The best parts of Prague Six are Ořechovka, Hanspaulka and Dejvice, an area featuring the classic Czech style of blocks of flats and lots of decent pubs and restaurants. Its metro station, Dejvická, is also directly linked to airport buses. Yet here you can also forget you are in a city: Prague Six features Šárecké údolí, a natural park with wildlife and a network of caves.
Prague Seven – Perfect for nature-lovers
On the border of Prague Six are Letenské Sady and Stromovka, each with their own large, cultivated parks. The district is a good choice for family holidays, those who prefer a little solitude or simply for a nice picnic. Letenské Sady is particularly photogenic with spectacular views of the city centre and of the Vltava river.
Troja, an area of Prague Seven, features the city's famous zoo, the Botanical Gardens, and the picturesque Troja Chateau. The only downfall is that Troja itself has no metro stop: you will have to take a bus from the other side of Prague Seven.
Public Transport: Hradčanská and Vltavská metro stations
Prague Eight – Great for concerts
Although Prague Eight is in many ways similar to Prague Three’s Žižkov – cheap prices, indifferent service – it is right next to the Sazka Arena, which plays host to the majority of Prague's concerts and major sporting events. The arena is easily accessible, served by Českomoravská metro station. It also has excellent bus and tram connection services from Palmovka metro station.
Prague Nine – Prosek, mirror to the recent past
The best way to describe Prosek is as homage to communist residential architecture. You may be able to find older houses amongst the rows of identical tower blocks but the area is not visually appealing. Certainly, we cannot imagine a place more architecturally dissimilar to the rest of Prague. Also, the restaurants, bars and shops are few in number and not of the same standard of other districts in the city.
Public transport: Only buses which will connect you to the nearest metro stop are available here.
Prague Ten – Vršovice, Vinohrady on the cheap
Vršovice borders with Vinohrady, features old houses similar to those of its richer neighbourhoods, and its bars and restaurants are cheaper simply because they are further away from the centre. We particularly recommend you visit Havlíčkovy Sady park if you are in the area.
Public transport: metro station Náměstí Míru.