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Visited about 5 different shops and a couple places to eat. Street parking or garage parking in the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jeremy B
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Baldwinsville, United States
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Great people watching

Find a bench and let the people entertain you. I like one by the bus stop to see more folks coming... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
ss319
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Holderness, Nh
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“people watching” (45 reviews)
“new england” (67 reviews)
“great shopping” (19 reviews)
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Portsmouth, NH
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US$23 per adult
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"people watching"
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"new england"
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"great shopping"
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"breaking new grounds"
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"unique shops"
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"street performers"
in 9 reviews
"art galleries"
in 8 reviews
"window shopping"
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"popovers"
in 15 reviews
"north church"
in 10 reviews
"street parking"
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"downtown portsmouth"
in 31 reviews
"great place to walk around"
in 8 reviews
"outdoor seating"
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"small city"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited about 5 different shops and a couple places to eat. Street parking or garage parking in the area. Very walkable once you park. Lots of speciality shops and unique places. Very close to Prescott Park and some boat tours.

Thank Jeremy B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Find a bench and let the people entertain you. I like one by the bus stop to see more folks coming and going. The traffic and people on cross walks interaction is amazing,

Thank ss319
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historic area in downtown Portsmouth, NH—fun to walk around and hear musicians, people-watch. Several historic sights if time permits.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sit at Breaking Grounds in Market Square on a nice day and watch humsnity stroll by a la Paris. Lots of shops and restaurants and harbor access. Inexpensive parking garage. Great place for Fourth of July fireworks. Definitely a summer destination for coastal New Hampshire.

Thank Ron T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must to visit in New Hampshire. Quaint buildings shops great eateries so many things to do and see

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This town square is adorable. Quintessential New England. I have seen it in the early fall and summer. Tons on cute and unique shops. Everyone is friendly and good parking available. Worth the stop!

Thank KSAngela
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Market Square is the center of downtown Portsmouth and is a great place to people watch or window shop. We like to grab an ice coffee from Breaking New Grounds and park ourself at one of their tables and snack on popover’s with warm maple...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty of shops, galleries and places to eat, even have a pint or two. Lots of locals along with the tourists. Excellent meeting place, ask the locals.

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We stop here mostly to grab a nice mid day snack at Popovers. The biker rats are really starting to bring down the appearance a bit.

Thank Keith M
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We were surprised to be in town during Market Square day! What fun!! It was the biggest outdoor festival I've been to...lots of vendors and music!

Thank rycarg52
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Dana S
9 December 2017|
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Response from govbanker | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure as we have never been to Portsmouth on Christmas Day. We spend Christmas with family and friends.
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Paul S
19 November 2017|
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Response from magagoo | Reviewed this property |
Stores and restaurants stay open. The weather in New Hampshire can be tricky. However my wife and I love going to Portsmouth in the winter because the tourist are gone and the food is great. Just bundle up.
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dsacch
20 July 2017|
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Response from Claire D | Reviewed this property |
There's a wonderful sea water beach ar New Castle Common. There's a large playground, well manicured lawn with trees then a beach & water but also rocks to climb and explore.
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