As Delaware is largely a college town, bus service by DATA (Delaware Area Transit Association) is frequent and runs relatively late.
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.
Taxi service is available by phone, but expect to wait up to an hour or more on busy or cold nights.
Ohio Wesleyan University is a prestigious liberal arts college. The campus is an integral part of Delaware.
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.
Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge. 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.
Ollie's. 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.
Rocky's Italian Ice
The Brown Jug
Old Bag of Nails Pub
Backstretch Bar, South Sandusky street (downtown Delaware)
Clancey's Pub, South Sandusky street (downtown Delaware)