Settled in 1623, the beautiful seacoast city of Portsmouth, NH, holds the title of the third-oldest city in the nation. You’ll find that most of the many wonderful places to stay, eat and drink here are all within walking distance of the New Hampshire Film Festival’s venues. We have tried all of them, and recommend the following. We’ve also included a few of our faves from nearby Kittery, ME.
WHERE TO STAY:
There is a place to call home while in Portsmouth for every budget.
- Hilton Garden Inn at 100 High St., Portsmouth
- Holiday Inn at 300 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth
- Howard Johnson at 383 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth
- Marriott Residence Inn at 100 Deer St., Portsmouth
- The Port Inn at 505 U.S. 1 Bypass, Portsmouth
- The Sailmaker’s House at 314 Court St., Portsmouth
- Water Street Inn at 6 Water St, Kittery, ME
- Wentworth by The Sea at 588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
The majority of our favorite restaurants have hopping bars.
- Anju at 7 Wallingford Sq., Kittery is contemporary kitchen serving innovative Asian-style fare.
- Atlantic Grill at 5 Pioneer Rd., Rye serves seafood and locavore fare including gluten-free items in a stylish setting.
- Barrio at 319 Vaughn St., Portsmouth is a funky neighborhood taco shop with a lot of personality.
- BRGR Bar at 34 Port Walk Pl., Portsmouth is known for its burgers and adult shakes.
- Cava Tapas & Wine Bar at 10 Commerical Alley, Portsmouth serves delicious tapas.
- Cure at 189 State St., Portsmouth specializes in American comfort food.
- The District at 103 Congress St., Portsmouthserves farm fresh American fare.
- Martingale Wharf at 99 Bow St., Portsmouth is known for its seafoodand view of the Piscataqua River.
- Portsmouth Gaslight at 64 Market St. is a multi-level restaurant with a club.
- Row 34 at 5 Port Walk Pl., Portsmouth is known for its oysters and seafood.
- Rudi’s at 20 High St. serves American fare in an elegant setting.
- Thirsty Moose Taphouse at 21 Congress St., Portsmouth offers a variety of craft beers and pub food.
- Tuscan Kitchen at 581 Lafayette Rd., Portsmouth serves authentic Italian cuisine.
- Vida Cantina at 2456 Layfayette Rd., Portsmouth specializes in fresh Mexican dishes.
- The Wilder at 174 Fleet St., Portsmouth is s a modern New England gastropub.
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- Breaking New Grounds at 15 Market Sq., Portsmouth, is a down-to-earth cafe serving house-roasted coffee.
- Caffe Kilim at 163 Islington St., Portsmouth is a funky kilim strewn Turkish inspired hangout.
- Cup of Joe at 31 Market St, Portsmouth is famous for its doughnuts.
- Kilwins at 20 Congress St., Portsmouth is bursting with chocolate treats.
- Lil’s Café at 7 Wallingford Square, Kittery, ME serves up airy cruellers.
- M.N. Bakery at 121 Congress St. is an authenic French café.
- Popovers on the Square at 8 Congress St. is known for its airy popovers served warm with maple butter.
- Profile Coffee Bar 15 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth turns into a music venue at night.
- Starbucks at 1 Market Square is known for its java with a kick.
- The Works Bakery Cafe at 9 Congress St., Portsmouth makes its own bagels.
Since most of the locations above can be easily accessed on foot from the New Hampshire Film Festival’s venues, you’ll only need to park once. If you are staying in a hotel downtown, most have their own parking lots. If not, a variety of parking options are available here.
We look forward to seeing you at the New Hampshire Film Festival!