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Market Square

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #4 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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San Antonio TX
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201 reviews 201 reviews
54 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Lots of restaurants, pubs and shops in the area. It's a very historic and scenic downtown area. Lots of great photo opportunities.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Market Square offers great little shops with unique merchandise, and very few are chain stores. (Those are in the nearby malls, a few miles away.) Restaurants at Market Square are consistently good. We're fans of "Joe's NY Pizza," near the visitors' center at the start of Islington Street, but anywhere you dine in Portsmouth's Market Square... it's likely to be... More

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Rumford, Maine
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86 reviews 86 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you want a real New England experience, Portsmouth, NH downtown is the place to be. There is always something going on. There are dozens of boutique shops that highlight everything from Stonewall Kitchen to a unique Toy Store. Portsmouth has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per capita in the country and it all is centered here. Some... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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183 reviews 183 reviews
59 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Stop and smell the coffee in the early morn as you grab a cafe seat on the sidewalk to sip and enjoy the city action. The variety of shops will entice you as you wander the downtown. The harbor is just behind stores, an easy walk to Strawberry Banke and Prescott Park. The second Saturday of June is Market Square... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Market Square is a great place to start your day in Portsmouth. Just in Market Square alone there are a great selection of shops and several places for either a drink or a cup of coffee. Very pretty town center.

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Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a nice place to walk around when you are in portsmouth. Plenty of restaurants, bakeries, bars and pubs. Lots of great atmosphere and picturesque town. Like it alot...

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Boca
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214 reviews 214 reviews
48 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

With cafes abounding and restaurants surrounding this square it's fun both day and night for a cup of coffee and people watching. There's always a fine sense of history as Washington was here before me.

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Commack
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Not only is Market Square the hub of this laid back, cool and easily to walk city, but the people here are so nice and friendly and the stores, restaurants, Prescott Park and view is nothing short of amazing. We are considering retiring here after our first visit because we loved it so much. Cannot wait to go back.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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515 reviews 515 reviews
110 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Thought Portsmouth was a lovely place to visit. We parked up and wandered leisurely around this very relaxed-feeling place.

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43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Very picturesque and historic town, a lovely to wander around with historic sites, pretty and old buildings, and some great shops. It's a well off and well presented place, a fantastic place for a happy wander. And the river makes it even better.

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