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163 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4251
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating

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Great Coffee + Distinctive Ambiance

This spot is a hit with three generations of my family. Delicious muffins and other treats. Walking distance to downtown Portsmouth. You won't be disappointed!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

This spot is a hit with three generations of my family. Delicious muffins and other treats. Walking distance to downtown Portsmouth. You won't be disappointed!

Thank mfconnell
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Baristas are friendly and artistic! Best cup of coffee ever, makes you want more. The iced coffee is also very good and not at all bitter. Prices are reasonable for really good coffee. The shop is very eclectic and you know you've gone local- no chain here!

Thank Linda-Lucky13
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Espresso was not like in Italy. Taste was overpowering like it was really a Turkish coffee. May be the coffee roast. Place has rugs on walls just like in Turkey.

Thank elizabeth r
West Hartford CT
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214 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I love finding great coffee spots and Kilim is way up there on my favorite coffee places anywhere! Super cozy interior, sweet barista and a gracious owner greeted us and it just got better from there. My iced latte was very well done and my daughter's chai was the "best she ever had". Maple scone, two thumbs up, muffin delicious... More 

Thank chrisooo
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

Caffe Kilim creates the best caffe mocha I have ever tasted, plus it's far more inexpensive than alternatives in Portsmouth. Each drink is made with such care, to perfection. My favorite caffe in the northeast by a notable margin.

Thank Il_Rossi
New Castle, New Hampshire
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I have been going here for years since they first opened. Great place. Yeltsin runs the place great Turkish feel here.

Thank JohnHC
Marathon, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Kilim's has been in Portsmouth for several decades. It has a hang-in decor, a place where you can sit and talk for hours with friends as they appear for their beverage and locally baked products. In the morning you will see business men and women as well as teens standing in lines waiting for their turn for great fresh coffee.... More 

1 Thank mdesfosses
Goffstown, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We went to visit over Memorial Day w/e and had a very disappointing experience at this coffee shop. As we were ordering we started looking around at the small photos all over the walls and to our shock; there were pornographic pictures mixed in!!! My daughter got her order and the rest of us walked out as fast as we... More 

Thank Renlaw
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We went in with our family on a whim during a visit to Portsmouth. It's a very cute and friendly cafe. Not very kid friendly but what cafés are?! I loved my tea and husband loved his coffee.

Thank Jschoppe
Dover, New Hampshire
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634 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,990 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Caffe Kilim is a busy classic Turkish coffeehouse popular with Portsmouth’s young, hip crowd. It’s been part of the local coffeehouse scene since 1993. It’s within walking distance from the western part of the busy, congested downtown area beyond Discover Portsmouth Center. Its name---Kilim---comes from a flat woven tapestry type of Turkish, Persian, and Balkan/Eastern European carpet or rug. Kilims... More 

1 Thank Maurene_K

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 163 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4251
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: 603-436-7330

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  • Cuisine: Cafe
Open Hours
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:30 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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