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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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Portsmouth: history, culture, food and pure relaxation

Real New England the shops are interesting and the restaurants are fabulous. Photo ops abound. Take an entire day and do a little tripadvisor research so you can see as much as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Miami Beach, Florida
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Real New England the shops are interesting and the restaurants are fabulous. Photo ops abound. Take an entire day and do a little tripadvisor research so you can see as much as possible.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Portsmouth's Icon is the center square, all roadas point to the North Church steeple. Market Square is the center of everything that happens in Portsmouth and for good reason. Pedestrian friendly (though cars are actively traveling) but just the place to be when in the City. All restaurants and cafe's emanate from this epicenter. Very little corporate business or strip... More 

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White Plains
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It was a cute little downtown area fearring small shops and coffeee/ice cream places and restaurants.

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Novato, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is the "City Center" in the heart of a charming small New England town. Quaint shops, great restaurants and most of all, friendly locals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Portsmouth is great! My wife & I hang there almost every weekend, it's basically an old seaport town with a lot of history and great restaurants. Portsmouth has a lot of neat shops and on the weekends during spring, summer & fall they have a really good outdoor farmers market. During the winter time in Strawbery Banke they do the... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Market Square the beating heart of Portsmouth. You have many choices of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. If you like people-watching this is the best place in town. The traffic calming is effective and traffic is used to moving very slowly through the square. It's a great place to bring the kids and there are always dogs enjoying the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The shops needed more stuff showing "Portsmouth" such as aprons with lobster and Portsmouth on them together. I always like buying hats, Tees, and ornaments with local names on them.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Market square is literally just a block in downtown Portsmouth but it is the epicenter of downtown. It's a great place to people watch, sit with a coffee or drink in one of the many outdoor seating areas of several restaurants and cafes. It can be very busy and very noisy, and the one thing I can't stand is when... More 

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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Sitting next to a bay, I would describe Market Square as an eclectic, interesting, and fun area filled with diverse restaurants and shopping. People watching can be fun as well, as you are sure to encounter some interesting characters. It’s a college town and buzzing with activity. While finding parking can be a bit challenging, there is public parking within... More 

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This is a must when visiting Portsmouth! It's so historic looking. You can just take a seat and people watch all day. There's tons of modern shops and restaurants so you'll never be bored. There's something for everyone at Market Square.

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Address: Address: Portsmouth, NH
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

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