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Breaking New Grounds

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Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Ice Cream
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14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-9555
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Coffee Shop Around!

Love this place! The coffee is superb and the cakes, sweets and treats are delectable. I recommend trying the chocolate torte. The staff is hard working and busy as the place is always packed. It's a relaxing place despite all the people, and it's a mixed crowd of all types. Being that it's in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Christopher L
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Love this place! The coffee is superb and the cakes, sweets and treats are delectable. I recommend trying the chocolate torte. The staff is hard working and busy as the place is always packed. It's a relaxing place despite all the people, and it's a mixed crowd of all types. Being that it's in Market Square, the location is simply... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This place is always busy. Its on a corner, a great place to grab coffee and a bagel or pastry and people watch. Lattes are good too. Nice vibe. Reasonable prices.

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

When in Portsmouth, skip the inevitable starbucks but head straight for the bedt coffee store in town. Leave the chocolate cakes ad these are all too sweet, a cookie maybe. But the coffee taste as it should be.

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Portsmouth NH
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is one of the oldest coffee shops in Portsmouth, used to be the Brioche...Breaking New Grounds is a Portsmouth institution, they serve excellent coffees and teas, tattooed baristas, some make better lattes and cappucinos than others...unbeatable people watching on Market Square. Their food choices are a bit boring, they have some nice specialty cakes, but could expand their breakfast... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I'm a cyclist and love to stop in a coffee shop at the tail end of my rides; Breaking New Grounds has been my go-to in Portsmouth until today. The coffee has never been great, and the staff act is if you're an inconvenience, but the atmosphere is bike friendly and coffee passable, but today it hit an all time... More 

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New Hampshire
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

A good place to stop in, while you're walking around town, warm up, grab a hot drink and a pastry and if you can find a seat, do some people watching.

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NY
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113 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Delicious coffee and scrumptious baked goods make for the perfect "pick me up" stop while shopping in Portsmouth. In nice weather, sit outside but as the chill sets in, tables inside are perfect and the smell of freshly ground coffee is serendipity.

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Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
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362 reviews 362 reviews
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218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

One of those places where, if you have previously been a customer, you will be comfortable. The inside area is clumsy. Lots of great goodies upon which you can chew are displayed. I was a companion on this visit, my Wife and Daughter had coffee and a bakery treat, we grabbed a small table and pulled over chairs so that... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The place is... eh, OK. Food nothing special but not bad - you can get the same muffins for half the price at Hannaford. Benefits greatly from its location, and I like the fact that they compost. They don't brew coffee until the previous carafe runs out - which can be all day for some of the flavored ones. So... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

beats starbucks for latte in flavor, lack of bitterness. reasonably priced. good outdoor seating. enjoy your drink and watch the people in the square.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: (603) 436-9555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Ice Cream

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