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Breaking New Grounds

14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-9555
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Ranked #23 of 186 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery, Ice Cream, Café
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84% Recommend
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English first
Franklin, Tennessee
Top Contributor
1,192 reviews 1,192 reviews
799 restaurant reviews
398 helpful votes 398 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were walking the downtown area after dinner at Jumpin Jays and wanted to grab a coffee and snack. They are very accommodating and friendly. The gelato is not and should be avoided. The cakes were great and the coffee was very good. Low acidic and smooth.

12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Nice place to grab a cold drink and sit on the sidewalk listening to street performers and enjoying the people-watching.

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Food was great! Prices were great! My wife and I were very happy we decided to stop in. The service was quick and the folks were very pleasant!

Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What a treat. Love Portsmouth! We went for a ride today to Portsmouth, NH. What a great old sea town. We went to Prescott Park, and stopped at Breaking New Grounds for Hot Chocolate. Never a disappointment. Of course we got a large, which was served in a soup coffee cup. Yum, yum, yummy. There is always a crowd there.... More

16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Perfect location for people watching, amazing coffees, baked goods to die for, private and clean bathroom, what's not to love? And ice cream!

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Rather than tread the same old (ahem) ground and visit another Starbucks in another town I thought I'd give this coffee shop a try. I was drawn by the number of people at the tables on the pavement area and the line inside. The selection of coffee was on par with the normal coffee chains with a selection of cakes... More

Oceanside, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We enjoyed visiting this place a couple of times during our stay in Portsmouth. It's a lively atmosphere, with lots of people and nice staff. We loved our hot cups of coffee and hot chocolate. Very friendly in the liveliest part of town where there are lots of neat, fun shops to explore.

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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154 reviews 154 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

These guys are still open at nearly nine pm and serve good coffee as well as baked goods. For an alternative to a bar this place is great.

Rochester, NH
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Busy corner location in Historic downtown Portsmouth. Great cup of coffee. Seating outside allows you to suck in all the sites. Great little city has it all.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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105 reviews 105 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The coffee is amazing. Grab a small table outside in the middle of Market square just outside, connect to the wifi and enjoy this quaint new england community up close and personal with the locals. Best location in the city.

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