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Delaware [1] is a small, quaint town in the Columbus region of Mid-Ohio. Delaware is home to the liberal Ohio Wesleyan University.

Get in

Greyhound buses offer service to Delaware and Columbus.

Ithaca is about 30 minutes north of Columbus.

Get around

As Delaware is largely a college town, bus service by DATA (Delaware Area Transit Association) is frequent and runs relatively late. Taxi service is available by phone, but expect to wait up to an hour or more on busy or cold nights.

Parking

Parking is easy in most parts of Delaware. Parking lots are never full and most streets have but one or two cars parked on them. However, there are some parts of Delaware where parking can be tricky.

Downtown street parking is metered and somewhat more difficult to come by, although there are always spots available if you're willing to walk.

Parking on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus is the trickiest of all parking tasks in Delaware. In fact, if you can get to Wesleyan by a method other than car, then that method is recommended. Bus service onto campus from downtown and other areas of Delaware runs very frequently during the day. If you have to park on campus during the day, you will need to get a visitor parking permit from the Department of Public Safety on campus, and then you can park in a spot labeled for visitor parking, which are very few and far between. The public safety officer can give you a map showing where visitor parking spots are, but during a school day, expect to hunt through all of them and not find anything.

See

Ohio Wesleyan University

Wesleyan is one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in America. The campus is an integral part of Delaware. http://www.owu.edu/


Do

  • Farmers' Market

Buy

Eat

Amato's, located in the downtown area of Delaware on Sandusky Street, offers delicious handmade pizzas and crepes, a good wine selection, and a charming atmosphere. Seating for eat-in customers is limited, as most of their business is carry-out, but still a fun possibility.

Avesta's Eclectic Cuisine (12 S. Sandusky St.) offers a wide variety of ethnic and fusion foods, focusing on the Mediterranean. Dishes range from baked brie to gourmet mac and cheese, to Gorgonzola rib-eye, but the prices are relatively low (entrees range from 10 to 15 dollars). Avesta's usually busy at night, and is a popular destination for many Ohio Wesleyan students, due to its proximity to the campus, and its being one of the only ethnic restaurants in Delaware. On several nights of the week, live entertainment is offered, ranging from karaoke nights to punk rock dance parties. The decor is fresh and colorful, with whimsical furniture, candlelit tables and in good weather, outdoor sidewalk seating. Come expecting to wait a while for your food, though.

The Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge is the biggest and most popular coffee shop in downtown Delaware. It opens early, at 5 AM, and closes late, at 11 PM, every night of the week; during finals weeks, it's open 24 hours. Just a couple of blocks from the main OWU campus, the Mean Bean is usually occupied by students taking study breaks, socializing, or utilizing the Mean Bean's free wireless internet. Local artists and artwork are featured on a rotating monthly schedule on the walls of the cafe. Snacks, baked goods, and of course, coffee and tea are all offered. There is a second, smaller location on the premises of the Delaware County Public Library.

Hot Potato is a true Ohio Wesleyan tradition. Owned by a pair of Kent State students, but run and patronized by Ohio Wesleyan students, Hot Potato is a staple of late-night dining in Delaware. Their menu is limited- baked potatos, gyros, and just recently, smoothies and tiramisu- but there is much more to Hot Potato than meets the eye. Their baked potatos are made to order; you can top the spuds with whatever toppings you want from their extensive list, and they are served with tortilla chips and salsa. Their hours are late, opening at 11 at night and continuing until 2 or 3 in the morning, perfect for a late-night study break. They will even deliver the potatoes to students' dormroom doors if you ask. They are currently renovating the interior, turning the back room into a lounge for students to eat and relax.

Ollie's is one of the newest additions to the Delaware area. Located right next to the Ohio Wesleyan campus, right behind the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, Ollie's is housed in a charming little gingerbread house with a beautiful courtyard and renovated interior. They offer a large selection of hot beverages, from coffee to tea to hot chocolate (all of it fair-trade), and a modest selection of hand-churned ice cream flavors. Their ice cream selection rotates occasionally. Adjacent to the ice cream parlor is a cute little seating area, with tables, antiques, and wireless internet. The friendly, personal service, unparalleled ice cream and drinks (make sure to try their chai- it takes a week to make!), and cozy setting makes Ollie's a must-stop.

Other locations:

Rocky's Italian Ice

The Brown Jug

Chelly Belly's

Old Bag of Nails Pub

Acapulco

Rudy Z's

Nova

Trotter's Coffee

Drink

The Backstretch Bar and Clancey's Pub, which are both located on South Sandusky street in downtown Delaware, are popular locations. Also located downtown are Bianchi's Grille, Finishline, and Club Impact.

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