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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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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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Lively area with plenty of restuarants

Was in Portsmouth for a day. What I like about it are a mixed of new and old buildings, beautiful view of seaport, a lot of restaurants to eat, live music and sit outdoor. People... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Calvin N
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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143 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was in Portsmouth for a day. What I like about it are a mixed of new and old buildings, beautiful view of seaport, a lot of restaurants to eat, live music and sit outdoor. People watching if you like to do that. Parking and traffic can be tough, but it is a beautiful place to be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed Portsmouth and walking around Market Square. It is a clean town rich with history preserved well. The shops had quality items and no sales tax--what a nice surprise!

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Thank Kelly C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

lots of places to shop and eat here, nice mix of places in older and newer buildings. you can sit out doors with your coffee and people watch too

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

lots of things to do. we visited this area after visiting Strwbery banke museum. there was something for everyone lots of shops and restaurants.

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Thank KABBANG
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked all over town and loved the atmosphere of the square. Vibrant shopping and restaurants. A lot to see and do.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I sat at a bakery in this square for brunch, during a long-weekend trip to thru New Hampshire, to Maine, and it was idyllic, with the breeze blowing, the new Englanders strolling around and the sun shining down. I would certainly recommend visiting Portsmouth and this area of town at any time of Spring/Summer or Fall!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great shopping, great for people watching, and excellent nibbles all around. Easy public parking (paid) nearby, too.

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The center of downtown Portsmouth. A church, some cafes, Starbucks, restaurants, clothing stores. Plus benches to sit and watch people go by. A good meeting place to begin a walking tour of downtown.

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Thank 1salam1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved walking around Market Square. It had really cool little shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, ice cream shops (Kilwins -- OMG so good), great historical architecture, views of the harbor and boats/tugboats. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and easy to get around. There's lots to do for everyone. Definitely a place you want to go. This is where it's... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The city has done an outstanding job attracting and keeping businesses and it's evident. We were only here one evening, but there are lots of neat places to eat and shop and things are very clean and safe, with plenty of places to park.

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