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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is...

The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original 17th-century buildings.

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Great to walk around and shop for an afternoon or two

So many bars, restaurants and cute little shops in the Market Square area of Portsmouth. Had a great time exploring even though it was the dead of winter and giant piles of snow... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

So many bars, restaurants and cute little shops in the Market Square area of Portsmouth. Had a great time exploring even though it was the dead of winter and giant piles of snow were everywhere. Love Portsmouth and can't wait to return in summer at some point!

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York, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a variety to choose from, something for everyone at all times of the year! enjoying a meal outside in the summer to skating outside in the winter!

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Thank realityshoaddict
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The confluence of all the streets leading into town. Shops, restaurants, coffee and a pretty square with benches to people watch. Great summer spot to hear some music during their concert series, the gateway to all downtown has to offer.

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Portsmouth NH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's the best place to people watch in the city With side walk coffee shops it has a very European feeling. Not much has changed since I was a youngster. There's still a bus stop in front of Starbucks,which was once Green's Drug store. The old North Church is still the center of attention. Protests take place occasionally. An Irish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi, I have a four young adults in the house right now who use words like "sketchy" and "sweet." They sometimes slip up and call me "dude" instead of mom. The plane of intersecting interests, therefore, is narrow and tends to involve food and unconventional shops. A few weeks ago, we spent a great 2 plus hours walking about Market... More 

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Amherst, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Market Square is the heartbeat of Portsmouth, there is shopping galore and then more shopping. Thankfully most of the shops are one-of-a-kind and owned locally. There are tons of wonderful places to eat, from coffee and espresso to juice bars, lots of bars with local brews and foods of all ethnicities and flavors! From cheap eats to fine dining, Portsmouth... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely/charming downtown area with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, several high quality coffee shops, at least one health food store. The jewel in the crown is the people; so nice, friendly, helpful - every single place I went into. New England has lots of quaint small towns, Portsmouth's citizens elevate the experience here.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are looking for a place to spend the day this would be an ideal place to visit! There are plenty of coffee shops, terrifc art gallery's, and a tremendous amount of restaurants to choose from with a variety of cuisines (all in close area)!

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Cape Neddick, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Portsmouth is such a historic and pretty city - lots to do here with shopping, eating, entertainment and historic sites.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We go to Portsmouth all the time as it is our favorite small city. There are numerous great restaurants from inexpensive to high priced. There are many coffee houses, bakeries (Popovers is wonderful!), bars etc. Wonderful eclectic shops, clothes stores, kitchen stores etc. Fun hotels from quirky (Ale House Inn) to modern (Hampton Inn and Suites). Portsmouth has a great... More 

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