Market Square

Market Square, Portsmouth: Address, Market Square Reviews: 4.5/5

Market Square
4.5
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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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focusport22
126 contributions
Nice area to walk around
Sep 2021 • Couples
The downtown area has many different stores and restaurants. It was a nice area to walk around and browse. There were several interesting stores to look in.
Written September 19, 2021
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Marilyn V
Falmouth, MA68 contributions
Very old & rather seedy looking.Lots of closed down places.
Aug 2021
Walked around & did some sightseeing & shopping but not that
Impressive.
Covid has taken its toll on this old port City.
Written August 16, 2021
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Laura Z
Rochester, NY445 contributions
Nice walk
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a nice walk around Market St area (and Strawbery Banke). Many shops were closed (Saturday night around 6-8 pm). We ate dinner in the area. There are also local musicians playing instruments.
Written June 28, 2021
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LivelyLaura
Fitchburg, MA276 contributions
Charming area
Jun 2021 • Friends
What a charming and vibrant area! Will return to explore more. There were so many shops, eateries, and galleries to explore.
Written June 13, 2021
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH8,858 contributions
CROSSROADS & HUB OF PORTSMOUTH FOR CENTURIES
Apr 2021
Market Square is where Daniel Street becomes Congress Street, and Pleasant Street angles across to Market Street. The convergence has been a major crossroads and center of commerce in Portsmouth since the 17th.century when the City of Portsmouth was settled.

Today, it is still a busy crossroads with today’s commerce ~ shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants, plus the historic North Church of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Athenaeum Library. Bookstores, toy stores, art galleries, more coffeehouses, more restaurants, specialty shops, and three Historic New England homes are just a block or so away.

Market Square is also something of a social center. It’s a place to see and be seen.

Most of the red brick buildings there were built between the early and mid-1800’s. The reason for so much red brick is three devastating fires in the area in 1802, 1806, and 1813. All occurred around Christmastime. The red brick’s fire-resistant quality has withstood the test of time.

The old red brick construction is part of Portsmouth’s charm. It takes one back in time when life was at a slower pace.

On my most-recent visit, it was a warm, sunny spring day. And, for the first time in the decades that I’ve lived in the area and been to Market Square, I had time to relax and hang out on a park bench on the corner of Congress Street and Pleasant Street after shopping at nearby Stonewall Kitchen. During my 30-minute stay, I had some company with people from away and locals.

I rate Market Square at 5.0. It’s a place to gear down and enjoy one’s surroundings.

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Written April 15, 2021
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midnightcaller8
Ohio39 contributions
Nice walking town
Apr 2021
Old town with much history and shops to visit. The Goat was a good whiskey bar with yummy food. Inside Out was my favorite shop to find gifts, Bryan was very helpful. We drove around sightseeing the town and old colonial homes with fun facts on many corners. Meters everywhere with local police enforcing them.
Written April 12, 2021
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cdhcch
Cedar Rapids, IA594 contributions
special summer time place
Sep 2020
Shopping, history, people watching, church, restaurants. So many things to do in a small place It enjoy it every time I go.
Written February 25, 2021
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peter194940
toms river, new jersey578 contributions
A Little Bit Of Everything
Oct 2020 • Couples
My wife and I parked our car in a parking garage and took in the sights of the Market Square. The were numerous shops, and places to eat. My wife really like the store with all the puzzles. She did purchase a few
Written October 23, 2020
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InTheMomentManhattan
New York City, NY931 contributions
The Heart Of Old Portsmouth
Aug 2020
market Square is where the major streets converge in historic Portsmouth. There are many nice shops and restaurants. Also lots of people. Something to consider if you plan to visit on the weekend. Portsmouth is well worth a visit
Written August 17, 2020
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traveler541
Pennsylvania415 contributions
Great Downtown area
Jul 2020
Great downtown place to watch people, buildings..sit on a bench with a coffee and relax. This is a great place to relax and enjoy many restaurants, cafes, stores and people watching. Very nice place to hang out and relax for a while.
Written July 28, 2020
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