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Breaking New Grounds

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Café, Bakery, Ice Cream
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14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-9555
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Portsmouth NH
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Portsmouth NH
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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I go here almost every morning, the coffee is probably one of the best I have had. Their food (muffins, coffee cake, ect.) is about average. The employees are kind but mistakes with drinks do happen and they aren't too apologetic, at Starbucks when your drink is made wrong they give a card for a free coffee, no such luck... More 

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new hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

How many times have we been here? Every time we stay in Portsmouth which is once a month. Thank goodness Portsmouth is a walking city so we can justify eating their desserts and burn off the calories. Friendly staff and outstanding place for people watching.

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Moberly, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was our two night evening spot for wonderful pastry desert and outside seating for people watching in Market 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: Café, Bakery, Ice Cream

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