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Breaking New Grounds

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14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-9555
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Singapore, Singapore
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For those who enjoys stronger coffee this is probably better than most. Great location and not worried about waiting for 25 min like other places on a Sunday. Indoor and outdoor seatings.

Thank CarolynnAng5
St. Catharines, Canada
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128 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened upon this wonderful place looking for coffee and ended up getting so much more. The clerks were fantastic and very helpful. The coffee was delicious and so was the huge bagel. We met new people and had delightful conversations. Our quick breky turned into a delightful hour or so. It is also dog friendly on the outdoor patio.... More 

Thank mydearheart
Portsmouth, NH
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130 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has been hugely successful for years and it's because they know how do things right! The location is fantastic, the coffee the best you will find in the east coast, and the customer appreciation obvious. We have loved this place for years!

Thank PortsmouthDiners
Los Angeles, California
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535 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very spacious and popular place to hang out at and get high on caffeine. It's difficult getting an outside table to relax and people watch. The staff is very friendly and they have all your favorite variety of coffee drinks to choose from.

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
Budapest, Hungary
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dessert here after dinner based on a friend's recommendation. Excellent cakes, pies, and other goodies to choose from. Friendly staff, good service.

Thank Toujours_Provence
Phoenix, Arizona
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208 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is the local hangout, so you will see quite a cast of characters and locals on laptops, doing business etc. It could be a little cozier, but it is fine to have a cup of coffee and chit chat, I agree it is pricey, but the quality is here, I like that they have good old danish, which I... More 

Thank MikeR2011
Andover, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped for desserts. We ordered a caramel cheese cake round about 2" in diameter and a slice of the chocolate peanut butter pie. When young man rang it up my first mistake was not to say never mind at $6. plus for each dessert and with coffee came to almost $16. Got the desserts home and not that good,... More 

Thank Iris95
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87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We have been coming to BNG since we moved to Portsmouth in 1994. Back then, it was located in a little spot across the square from where it is now. Through all of those years, they have remained consistent in their quality of coffees and teas. Plus, they offer early am treats (like their bacon, cheddar and scallion scones which... More 

Thank Marian E
Ankara, Turkey
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This is what I want in a coffee shop- coffee my whole family will drink! Regular coffee for people like my dad who just want "a cup of coffee," the range of flavored espresso drinks for the Starbucks set, a solid quality latte for me, and single origin pour-overs for my hipster coffee snob husband. Plus a whole display of... More 

Thank seaweed241
Rochester, New Hampshire
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Multiple varities of coffee, teas, sweets, gelato! Relaxing atmosphere! Lots of room to sit inside or on the patio.

Thank Heather D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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
  • 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?