Downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Founded in 1630, Portsmouth is the Seacoast's economic center and a visitor attraction whose densely-built downtown retains many of the classic brick buildings from the early 1800s. Portsmouth's downtown offers exceptional opportunities for dining, shopping, and entertainment.









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Downtown Portsmouth - Featured Businesses

Albacore Submarine Park Albacore Submarine Park Museums
Home of the USS Albacore, the first Navy-designed vessel with a true underwater hull of cylindrical shape that has become the standard for today's submarines worldwide. (603) 436-3680 Website · Map
Ale House Inn Ale House Inn Hotels-Motels local
Ale House Inn is Portsmouths premier boutique, urban inn -- featuring brick-walled spaces and a contemporary, loft-like feel. Centrally located in the Market Square district, the inn is surrounded by all the shops, restaurants, cafes, and historic sites. (603) 431-7760 Website · Map
Black Trumpet Bistro Black Trumpet Bistro Fine Dining
Formerly Lindbergh's Crossing, the Black Trumpet Bistro is a bistro and wine bar in a 200-year-old building of brick and beams. (603) 431-0887 Website · Map
Blue Mermaid Blue Mermaid Dinner
The most flavorful food you can imagine with an innovative menu inspired by the fun and festive foods of the Caribbean. (603) 427-2583 Website · Map
Bridge Street Bistrot Bridge Street Bistrot Fine Dining local
French food doesn't have to be stuffy or foreign. Chef/Owner and native Parisian Stephan Mayeux has used his classical French training to create a menu that is both original and creatively executed. (603) 430-9301 Website · Map
Cafe Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Cafe Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano Italian local
Described as bringing the flavor of the North End to Portsmouth, Cafe Mediterraneo offers fine Italian fare in a casual setting, specializing in pasta, chicken, veal and seafood. (603) 427-5563 Website · Map
Cava Tapas & Wine Bar Cava Tapas & Wine Bar Wine Bar local
Cava offers fresh and innovative small-plate fare and a diverse and always changing selection of international wines in two wine bars. (603) 319-1575 Website · Map
Ceres Bakery Ceres Bakery Bakeries
The Ceres Bakery is the place to go for a vast array of fresh-baked goods and hot food. The atmosphere is informal and the service friendly. (603) 436-6518 Website · Map
Ceres Street Wine Merchants Ceres Street Wine Merchants Beer, Wine or Spirits
New Hampshires oldest and largest private wine shoppe. (603) 431-2640 Website · Map
Discover Portsmouth Discover Portsmouth Museums
This Portsmouth Historical Society project has converted the former city library to a central gateway to the historical, cultural and artistic venues of greater Portsmouth. An exhibition displays the art and history of the region. (603) 436-8420 Website · Map
Diversions Puzzles & Games Diversions Puzzles & Games Crafts & Hobbies local
Classic and modern board games, wooden brainteasers, high quality jigsaw puzzles, and kids games and puzzles (603) 766-6220 Website · Map
Dolphin Striker Dolphin Striker Live Music
The Dolphin Striker has been one of the hallmarks of elegant dining on the Seacoast for over 20 years. (603) 431-5222 Website · Map
Eyelook Optical Eyelook Optical Eyewear & Opticians local
Sunglasses and unique eyewear for every personality. Let us show you how much fun shopping for glasses can be! (603) 436-7771 Website · Map
G. Willikers Toy Shop G. Willikers Toy Shop Toys local
An exciting, hands-on environment where playing is not just allowed it's encouraged! Family run and family fun since 1978. (603) 436-7746 Website · Map
Gundalow Company Gundalow Company Museums local
The Gundalow Company offers daily public sails, private charters and school programs aboard an authentic reproduction of the Seacoasts iconic wooden workboat. (603) 433-9505 Website · Map
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown Hotels-Motels
Opening Spring 2014! The all-new Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown brings signature Hamptonality style and service to a location ideally suited for business and leisure travelers - only minutes from top companies and downtown attractions. (603) 430-3033 Check Rates · Website · Map
Healing Hands Community Chiropractic Healing Hands Community Chiropractic Chiropractic
The first of its kind in the country. Sliding fee scale chiropractic care; pay what you can from $20-$40. No insurance hassles, simply wellness for all. (603) 512-3191 Website · Map
Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Garden Inn Hotels-Motels
Settle into one of our 131 guestrooms. We offer excellent dining in the Great American Grill or relax in the Pavilion Lounge. (603) 431-1499 Check Rates · Website · Map
Hotel Portsmouth Hotel Portsmouth Hotels-Motels local
Housed in an historic 1881 mansion, The Hotel Portsmouth is downtown Portsmouth's only locally owned, non-chain boutique hotel. Located just steps to Market Square, with 32 newly renovated guest rooms with free parking, wifi, and continental breakfast. (603) 433-1200 Check Rates · Website · Map
Inn At Strawbery Banke Inn At Strawbery Banke Bed and Breakfasts
The Inn at Strawbery Banke is a unique seven-room colonial bed and breakfast located on historic Court Street. (800) 428-3933 Website · Map
Isles Of Shoals Steamship Co. Isles Of Shoals Steamship Co. Excursion Boats local
Daily sightseeing, dinner cruises and party ships. 1-800-441-4620 Website · Map
Jackson House Jackson House Historic Sites
The Richard Jackson House, built in 1664, is the oldest surviving wood frame house in New Hampshire. (603) 436-3205 Website · Map
John Paul Jones House John Paul Jones House Museums
John Paul Jones stayed in this building while his ships Ranger (1777) and America (1781) were outfitted. Featured in Sears paint commercials, the building has been home to the Portsmouth Historical Society since 1922. 436-8420 Website · Map
Jumpin Jays Fish Café Jumpin Jays Fish Café Dinner
Located just two blocks down from Market Square, Jay's is the spot for people who appreciate exceptional seafood. (603) 766-3474 Website · Map
Langdon House Langdon House Historic Sites
The Gov. John Langdon House reflects the wealth and position of merchant and patriot leader John Langdon, a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. (603) 436-3205 Website · Map
Library Restaurant Library Restaurant Dinner
The Library Restaurant features traditional New England fare while surrounded by the architectural treasures of an era gone by. (603) 431-5202 Website · Map
Martin Hill Inn Martin Hill Inn Bed and Breakfasts local
Seven beautifully appointed rooms with private baths. Ten minute walk to downtown. Complimentary hot breakfast and Wifi. (603) 436-2287 Website · Map
Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden Historic Sites
One of America's finest Georgian mansions, the house was built for merchant John Moffatt in the late 1700s. The spectacularly restored mansion also features an impressive perennial garden. (603) 436-8221 Website · Map
Mombo Restaurant Mombo Restaurant Dinner local
Mombo's dining experience is a short holiday from it all, offering creative cuisine with international influences and warm hospitality in historic Strawbery Banke. (603) 433-2340 Website · Map
Moran Towing Of NH Moran Towing Of NH Marine Services
Moran Towing has provided tug services to the Port of Portsmouth since 1967. (603) 436-1209 More info · Map
Moxy Moxy Tapas - Small Plates local
Moxy is a modern American tapas restaurant focusing on smaller plates meant for sharing. We take our inspiration from local farmers, culture and history. (603) 319-8178 Website · Map
NJM Gallery NJM Gallery Fine Handicrafts      Online shopping available
NJM Gallery features a stunning collection of museum quality, contemporary art glass - all handmade in the USA. (603) 433-4120 Website · Map
Oar House, The Oar House, The Brunch
Serving seafood, poultry, beef and other specialties in an historic maritime setting. (603) 436-4025 Website · Map
Old Ferry Landing Old Ferry Landing Dinner
A fixture on the Portsmouth waterfront for 22 years, the Old Ferry Landing offers fine food and a deck adjacent to Portsmouth's tugs. (603) 431-5510 Website · Map
Popovers on the Square Popovers on the Square Coffee Shops
Popovers on Market Square embraces the European philosophy of fresh seasonal food, outstanding coffees and wines, relaxing ambiance, and exceptional pastries and desserts. (603) 431-1119 Website · Map
Port of New Hampshire Port of New Hampshire Marine Services
The Port Authority develops and manages the state's tidal waters in order to stimulate commerce and the shipment of freight through the port. (603) 436-8500 Website · Map
Portsmouth Brewery Portsmouth Brewery Dinner
New Hampshire's original brew pub, the Portsmouth Brewery serves a creative menu to go with the state's freshest beer. (603) 431-1115 Website · Map
Portsmouth Candle Company Portsmouth Candle Company Home Furnishings local
An expansive and eclectic mix of soy, paraffin and beeswax candles, lighting, hand-blown glass, forged iron and more. (603) 430-0353 Website · Map
Portsmouth Fabric Company Portsmouth Fabric Company Crafts & Hobbies      Online shopping available
We carry one of the largest and most unique selections of fabric in New England and high-quality Bernina sewing machines. (603) 436-6343 Website · Map
Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Clubs
Four venues, under one roof, known for wood-fired cooking and live entertainment. (603) 430-8582 Website · Map
Portsmouth Harbor Cruises Portsmouth Harbor Cruises Excursion Boats
The 49-passenger M/V Heritage departs daily from downtown Portsmouth for narrated cruises. (603) 436-8084 Website · Map
Prelude Prelude Gifts      Online shopping available
Prelude is a purveyor of some of the finest and most sought-after personal care products from around the world. (603) 431-0694 Website · Map
Prescott Park Prescott Park Parks
This popular waterfront park features extensive flower gardens and is the site of one of New England's most popular outdoor summer events, the Prescott Park Arts Festival. (603) 436-2848 Website · Map
Radici Radici Italian
Radici features culinary creations from the heart of Italy and the Seacoast's most extensive vegetarian menu choices. (603) 373-6464 Website · Map
Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown/Waterfront Hotels-Motels
New Hampshire's first LEED certified hotel, located adjacent to the brand new Harbor Events & Conference Center. (603) 422-9200 Check Rates · Website · Map
Ristorante Massimo Ristorante Massimo Dinner
Offering fine Italian cuisine with the freshest and most flavorful seasonal ingredients and superior service in elegant yet comfortable surroundings. (603) 436-4000 Website · Map
River House Restaurant River House Restaurant Burgers local
Winner of First Place Awards at Prescott Park's Chowder Fest 3 years running. Featuring classic seafood favorites and contemporary dishes served on our decks and dining rooms on the Piscataqua River. (603) 431-2600 Website · Map
RiverRun Bookstore RiverRun Bookstore Bookstores local
RiverRun is a true independent bookstore. We occupy a real space in the real world and cram it completely full of books. (603) 431-2100 Website · Map
Rudi's Portsmouth / Rudi's Market Square Rudi's Portsmouth / Rudi's Market Square Dinner
Rudi's Portsmouth serves savory American-style dishes in a cool, quiet, classic modern atmosphere adjacent to Market Square. (603) 436-RUDI (7834) Website · Map
Seacoast African American Cultural Center Seacoast African American Cultural Center Museums
The Seacoast African American Cultural Center, housed with the Discover Portsmouth Center, offers concerts, educational programs, exhibits from notable artists, and collections of African artifacts. (603) 430-6027 Website · Map
Serendipity Serendipity Clothing & Accessories      Online shopping available
Serendipity features unusual, trendy fashions, fun and functional basics, accessories and jewelry from around the world. (603) 427-0650 Website · Map
Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotels-Motels
From harbor views to exquisite dining, the Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth is the superior choice for your stay in the Seacoast area. (603) 431-2300 Check Rates · Website · Map
St. John's Episcopal Church St. John's Episcopal Church Historic Sites
One of the state's most historic churches, St. John's stands on a hill overlooking Bow Street. The church houses the oldest operating pipe organ in the U.S. and its bell was captured in the siege of Louisburg in 1745. (603) 436-8283 Website · Map
Stock + Spice Stock + Spice Food      Online shopping available
Your local and online store for the freshest exotic flavors, culinary wares, and innovative ideas. (603) 766-3388 Website · Map
Strawbery Banke Museum Strawbery Banke Museum Museums
Historic Strawbery Banke Museum offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of people who called this area home for nearly four centuries. (603) 433-1100 More info · Map
Surf Restaurant Surf Restaurant Seafood local
Exceptional seafood by Chef/owner Michael Buckley, in our upscale-casual waterfront restaurant. Seafood is the star of the day at Surf and Surf Sushi Bar (603) 334-9855 Website · Map
Tavern Tavern Lunch
Our sumptuous menu features fresh local seafood and choice cuts of beef sure to delight. (603) 431-0086 Website · Map
The Music Hall The Music Hall Theaters local
Portsmouth and the Seacoast's leading arts and entertainment venue. (603) 436-2400 Website · Map
The Works Bakery Café The Works Bakery Café Breakfast
A unique bakery café on historic Market Square, The Works is known for award-winning bagels, outstanding coffees and excellent sandwiches. (603) 431-4434 Website · Map
Tugboat Alley - 'A Portsmouth Tradition Since 1995' Tugboat Alley - 'A Portsmouth Tradition Since 1995' Gifts local
Visit Portsmouth's most complete gift shop. All ages will enjoy the selection of apparel, jewelry and nautical gifts. We have nautical collectibles, gifts that will make you smile and Portsmouths best t's, hats, sweats and fleece. (603) 430-9556 Website · Map
Warner House Association Warner House Association Museums
One of the finest brick residences of the early 1700s left in New England. (603) 436-5909 Website · Map
Wentworth-Gardner House Wentworth-Gardner House Museums
A 2-1/2 story Georgian mansion built around 1760, the Wentworth-Gardner House is now a museum. (603) 436-4406 Website · Map

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