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Market Square

Portsmouth, NH
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Portsmouth
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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 restaurants and many original 17th-century buildings.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Suggest you park in public parking garage vs on street due to meters and time restrictions. Shops are back after past economic problems. We enjoyed lunch, shops and historic landmarks.

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Lee, New Hampshire, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Downtown Portsmouth can be a bit of a pain to get to and park in, but navigating is by far the worst part about it. When you're on the streets themselves (paved with red brick sidewalks!), it's absolutely wonderful! There's a ton of interesting local shops selling everything from stationary to fossils to salt to records, and all the buildings... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Love the Market Square of Portsmouth! Such a cute and quaint town! Love the Church Steeple being in the heart of the town! This square, offers lots of eating choices and at least three coffee shops, two locally owned and a national (world wide chain --- when I am in Portsmouth that one isn't even an option), lots of speciality... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Market Square was a hustling, bustling center of activity this afternoon. Festival decorations are being placed throughout the city and the Square has it's own share. Lots of construction going on today.

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Bulverde, Texas
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433 reviews 433 reviews
196 attraction reviews
828 helpful votes 828 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fantastic New England square with many shoppes and coffee houses. Popovers on the Square Was amazing, a street musician in front of the church and the smell of fresh coffee beans roasting in another shoppe. Marvelous charm spend a whole day just browsing around.

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Westcliffe
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Love the small town ambience, historical architecture, and eclectic shopping. Lots of restaurants round out an afternoon of walking about town.

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San Antonio TX
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221 reviews 221 reviews
62 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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95 reviews 95 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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199 reviews 199 reviews
63 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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