The Best Spots For Tax-Free Shopping In New Hampshire

Portsmouth, United States
Portsmouth, United States | Photo by Steve Lussier on Unsplash
Casey Campbell

If you’re from a state like Massachusetts, you know the hassle of sales tax – which sits at 6.25 percent right now. A common trick is to head north to New Hampshire, where residents aren’t subject to sales tax – only one of nine states in the country with this policy. Be sure to check out these shopping locations next time you’re in the Granite State. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA town skyline on the Piscataqua River

Portsmouth is a charming little town – about 21,000 residents – in southern New Hampshire. It is often called one of the best places to live, but if you’re visiting, it’s definitely one of the best places to shop. The downtown area is filled with small, independent retailers that range from clothing boutiques to specialty cooking stores. It’s a perfect place to buy gifts, as you’ll find unique options here. It’s even great for window shopping as you stroll through the historic buildings that make up one of the oldest towns in New England.

Portsmouth, NH, USA

The Mall of New Hampshire

If a traditional indoor mall is more your style, look no further than the Mall of New Hampshire for convenient shopping. Here, you’ll find 125 stores to roam through, along with an array of food options. From electronics to sporting goods to shoes and more, this is a shopping center that has it all. It’s also conveniently located just off I-293, making your shopping even easier.

The Mall of New Hampshire, 1500 S Willow St, Manchester, NH, USA, +1 603 669 0434

Merrimack Premium Outlets

If you’re looking to shop for high-end items but not stretch your budget too much, try this outdoor collection of outlets. Over 100 stores – brands range from J.Crew to Nautica to Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th – make up the Merrimack Premium Outlets where you can save at least 25 percent to 65 percent every day. With discounted prices on top of being tax-free, it is a must-visit, and don’t forget to check out their website for deals before you go.

Merrimack Premium Outlets, 80 Premium Outlets Blvd, Merrimack, NH, USA, +1 603 424 0050

Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets is another place to find premium clothing at excellent prices. They have plenty of options in terms of shops, and you can find everything from basic clothing needs to specialty gift items here. Located in Tilton, NH, the location is easy to find – just take exit 20 off of I-93, and you can’t miss it.

Tanger Outlets, 120 Laconia Rd #134, Tilton, NH, USA, +1 603 286 7880

Settlers’ Green Outlet Village

For those who might be a little farther north in New Hampshire, check out Settlers’ Green Outlet Village for all of your shopping needs. This outdoor shopping mall has stores that differ from your traditional malls, such as an L.L.Bean Outlet and a Nike Factory Store. North Conway also has plenty to do besides shop, including getting outside for a hike or taking a drive down the Kangamangus Highway.

Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, 2 Common Ct, North Conway, NH, USA, +1 888 667 9636

New Hampshire Liquor Stores

Stranahan’s range of whiskeys

It would be wrong to not include the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets on this list. This is a great stop to make in preparation for a big gathering or holiday parties, as you can avoid the pricey tax on alcohol that can easily add up. Most are conveniently located right off major highways, making this a perfect stop on your way through the state or if you’re visiting the area.

Multiple Locations in NH, USA

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