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How can you not love this spot? If you are looking for it, you'll find it....lots of great little... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
pancan1
Market Square is the heart of the City

My knowledge and visits to Market Square go back to when the legendary lunch cart was located on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
jimmarg37
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Kennebunk, Maine
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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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“people watching” (44 reviews)
“new england” (66 reviews)
“great shopping” (19 reviews)
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Portsmouth, NH
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"coffee shops"
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"lots of shops"
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"breaking new grounds"
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"unique shops"
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"street performers"
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"window shopping"
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"art galleries"
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"north church"
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"popovers"
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"downtown area"
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"great place to walk around"
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"street parking"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

How can you not love this spot? If you are looking for it, you'll find it....lots of great little unique shops and restuarants. Great to just walk around.

Thank pancan1
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My knowledge and visits to Market Square go back to when the legendary lunch cart was located on the street right next to the church in the 1960s. It is now on a sidestreet near the parking garage. My wife and I remember going to...More

Thank jimmarg37
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy coming here once a year to stroll, shop, and dine. We enjoy walking to the park on the ocean. Sometimes in the summer there is entertainment. There are plenty of places to park. If you like Quincy Market in Boston or Harvard Square...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Market Square is the main downtown attraction area near the water for shopping, dining and attractions. Everything is in walking distance and conveniently located parking.

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Despite the arctic freeze, we braved the cold to explore Portsmouth. Market Square had a lot of unique shops and restaurants. For a small place, it held my interest for hours. There were a few businesses with limited winter hours so I can only imagine...More

1  Thank KateD2012
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Great walkable downtown area with a lot to do. There were shops for the children as well as the parents. I'll be revisiting during the summer to spend more time in the area.

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Reviewed 12 December 2017

We attended the Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. Great fun. The town is so friendly and supportive of their activities. Great shops, restaurants, bars.

1  Thank Lesley G
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

The snow might not have been flying but thew atmosphere was delightful . Charming town of a bygone era. Everything was clean and beautifully lit. Enjoyed strolling through Market Square.

Thank bucketlistend
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Simply beautiful area of Portsmouth. It is everything you think of when you think of New England. Quaint shops and gorgeous white steeple churches. Great waterfronts and awesome restaurants. Don't miss Market Square.

Thank jerdc
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

One of the best small coastal cities in New England. It has everything! Outstanding food, great shopping and a beautiful waterfront! A must stop when in New England!

Thank magagoo
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Dana S
9 December 2017|
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Response from govbanker | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure as we have never been to Portsmouth on Christmas Day. We spend Christmas with family and friends.
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Paul S
19 November 2017|
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Response from magagoo | Reviewed this property |
Stores and restaurants stay open. The weather in New Hampshire can be tricky. However my wife and I love going to Portsmouth in the winter because the tourist are gone and the food is great. Just bundle up.
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Response from Claire D | Reviewed this property |
There's a wonderful sea water beach ar New Castle Common. There's a large playground, well manicured lawn with trees then a beach & water but also rocks to climb and explore.
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