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Breaking New Grounds

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14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4008
(603) 436-9555
6:30 am - 11:00 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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Rochester, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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1,014 reviews
645 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Great coffee, great atmosphere, incredible baked goods. I've been here at all hours of the day and it always satisfies. 100% recommend to anyone.

Thank Melody P
Delta Junction, Alaska
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159 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

The atmosphere drew us in and the smells made us never want to leave! The coffee and baked goods were excellent too. The perfect place to satisfy those caffeine cravings.

Thank Tiki L
southern cal
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149 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

It was a relatively hot day in Portsmouth NH and we decided to stop in for a cold drink. Got the iced mocha and it was delicious. So good that we may go tomorrow as well. Very clean and modern and the choices were many

Thank rocknrollal
Singapore, Singapore
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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

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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 03801-4008
  • 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?