Zizkov is certainly not the prettiest part of Prague, nor the most central, but to my mind it is an amazing part of the city and here's why:
The whole district has a reputation for ugliness and it's true that there are a lot of areas that look a bit out-at-the-elbow but the graffiti, the crumbling facades and the grime are all part of Zizkov's unique charm. All you have to do is raise your eyes above street-level to realise that some of the buildings are as beautiful as those in any other part of Prague but here they are actually used as homes and offices, as originally intended, rather than being pickled in aspic. Even the brutalist, Communist-era structures are interesting and give the whole of the area a 'real' feel.
The residents of Zizkov take a perverse pride in the poor reputation of their district but that reputation owes more to the distant past then the present and is almost entirely undeserved. These days, Zizkov has a richly-mixed population of white Czechs, Roma, Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants, foreign workers and visitors from all over the world. This population mix gives rise to a diverse range of shops, restaurants and bars; from Czech pubs, to Asian food stores, to vintage clothing shops and a wide range of hotels and hostels.
Sights are more spread out in Zizkov than in more 'touristy' parts of Prague but there is plenty to see and do. The National Monument on Vitkov Hill, the Army Museum, the TV Tower and the Olsanke Cemeteries and all worth a visit. But it's just as rewarding to simply wander around the streets and see what you come across. Despite the substantial numbers of backpackers who stay in Prague 3, the area is not particularly geared towards tourism and prices for most goods and services can be substantially cheaper than in other areas.
Ignore those who tell you to stay away and make the short trip out to Zizkov - you won't be disappointed and you'll see a whole other side to Prague. I've never been the victim of any sort of crime and never felt threatened, even stumbling around at 2 o'clock in the morning. So cross under that railway bridge, head up Seifertova and enjoy the break from the polished refinemnet of Stare Mesto or Mala Strana.
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