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Breaking New Grounds

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14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-436-9555
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 23:00
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've lived here long enough you've seen Portsmouth change from a beer drinking town, to a martini town, to a wine town, to a coffee town, and back to a beer town. All joking aside, BNG is the spot for coffee and a pastry in Portsmouth. Located right on the square, grab a coffee, and watch the world go... More 

Thank Tim L
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place in Market Square for coffee and pasties. Outside tables provide the perfect location for people watching. The coffee and pastries are very good.

Thank Noraha3
Rockland, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for an afternoon coffee and the place was hopping. The coffee was top notch. We didn't try any of the food but it looked appetizing. The coffee choices were a little overwhelming but fun.

Thank juliemQ3748KI
Salem, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

A colleague suggested this place for our after lunch coffee. When I'm in a new area I like to try something different so I had the Blanca Latte: half espresso and half hot chocolate! Great combo. The coffee cut the sweetness of the hot chocolate and vice versa. A delight. The pastries looked scrumptious but we were too full from... More 

Thank joecd
Goshen, New York
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114 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is a great coffee shop but I feel it's location is it's real stand out. The big picture window is perfect to watch people from. I find the counter staff to be a bit short, almost rude, but in there defense it was extremely busy when I was there. The coffee was good and Sonya enjoyed the scone. Of... More 

Thank Bob F
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Of all the cafés we visited in New England, this was the only one that served really good, strong coffee. Hopefully there are others equally as good, but we didn't find them!

1 Thank AdmiralDewey
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

After 2 years of testing all of the local Portsmouth coffee roasters we have to conclude that Breaking New Grounds beats all the rest. The raw beans are well sourced and expertly roasted. Their pastry items and gelato are also exceptional. We recommend the Parisian almond cookies.

1 Thank GD0yle
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199 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Breaking new Grounds has everything breakfast pastry store needs: bagels, muffins, croissants, sweets like brownies and special bars. Lots of coffee and tea choices, plenty of special choices among lattes also. You say it is noon and you need something else, well cheesecake and several other cake choices will fill the void in your tummy. On street parking is tough.... More 

Thank 3142013
Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We go there every time we are in downtown Portsmouth. Fresh ground and brewed coffees, tea and tasty treats. Many selections and all are very good quality. It's fun to sit outside on their sidewalk patio and watch the people passing by.

Thank leenyd
Ogunquit, Maine
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Love this BNG! One of the best coffee places in the area. Griffin and the team are super friendly. Coffee is really fresh- my regular is the capuccino. I like that they have them in various sized. Many places around only offer one size and its usually small for the same price! I like that you can buy a variety... More 

Thank NatureisNeat145

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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, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-9555

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