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Breaking New Grounds

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14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4008
(603) 436-9555
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though the line was long, it moved pretty quickly. They had a ton of options and the two that we got were very tasty. Great to take with you on a stroll around town.

Thank aosohn
Tacoma, Washington
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127 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in here for some coffee on 10/15. Despite how busy they were my order was taken and I was rang up in a timely manner. My coffee was made in a decent time as well. I got the mocha Blanco and it was great. It has just the right amount of flavor. Not a bad coffee joint!

Thank Curby22
Fort Lee, New Jersey
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice coffee shop to relax and sip some coffee especially on a rainy day. Spacious and lots of people. We liked it very much. Lots of food options and drinks.

Thank mportunanoll
Danvers, MA
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited BNG on 10/4/2016 on my first day in Portsmouth. I got the Pumpkin coffee for $2.65. Pretty good. I bought a half pound of some Colombian blend on 10/7/2016 for my new auto drip coffee maker for $8. That was not bad also. No breakfast sandwiches at this location. Only bakery items. I need my protein.

Thank Danno2007
Rochester, New Hampshire
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

This is the first time that I've reviewed breaking new grounds because all the times in the past 15 years that I have visited this establishment it's been because of its location not necessarily that the food and drink has been exceptional. If it wasn't for the outside dining I probably would have just past by. My wife and I... More 

Thank wjdoy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

The staff is the best, they do a fantastic job. The air is fill with fresh pastries and roasting coffee. It's a must try. Great for meeting old friends and making new ones..

Thank Bob D
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Weird to say but one of the best smelling cafes I've ever gone into. I've visited both the Portsmouth and Durham shops. The coffee is delicious, staff friendly and prices reasonable. Choose this local gem over Starbucks any day. They also have great outdoor seating right on Market Square that's great for people watching.

Thank Laura V
Boynton Beach, Florida
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1,034 reviews
658 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Been coming here for coffee after dinner for decades. The coffee is good and there's such a nice array of sweets that r available , it makes for a nice end to an evening when sitting outside and watching the world walk by

Thank BigoBoca
Endicott, New York
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Great coffee, sells gelato to die for, the burnt sugar flavor is so good!!!! You can get any type of coffee, pastry, non gmo juice. There's something fo everyone there. Totally better than Starbucks. When I'm In town totally go there. The staff is super friendly as well. If they think they don't make something to your liking they even... More 

Thank Rmondelli
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

The aroma alone with entice you to stop in for a cup and it's hard to resist the fine assortment of baked goods. The place has a great vibe and you feel welcome to sit and chat.

Thank Steve N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4008
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: (603) 436-9555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?