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Address: Portsmouth, NH
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Charming and great for a day trip

This square is really wonderful, and full of restaurants, shops, and other places to look around. You could spend hours just walking around. It's a mix of modern and classic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Brittani E
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Revere, Massachusetts
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Revere, Massachusetts
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This square is really wonderful, and full of restaurants, shops, and other places to look around. You could spend hours just walking around. It's a mix of modern and classic architecture, and is quite charming! We visited while it was still winter and cold, and managed to have a great time. I'm sure summer is even better!

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Barrington, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Nothing beats an evening in Market Square, dinner at the Gas Light and a comedy show at the Music Hall. Oh, lets not forget coffee and dessert at Popovers to end a perfect night on the town.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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435 reviews 435 reviews
196 attraction reviews
840 helpful votes 840 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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233 reviews 233 reviews
62 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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