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15 Places to Dine Outdoors in Downtown Wilmington DE

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The sun is shining. The temperatures have risen. What better way to enjoy summer in Downtown Wilmington DE than by dining outdoors at your favorite restaurant? Check out our list of all Downtown restaurants that offer outdoor seating so you know exactly where you can enjoy your meal with a side of sunshine!

  1. Cafe Mezzanote - 1007 N Orange St

    Tucked away within Nemours Plaza, the patio at Cafe Mezzanote is the perfect place to dine al fresco if you’re looking for a more quite and intimate dining experience.

  2. Tonic Bar & Grille - 111 W 11th St

    The covered patio at Tonic is perfect for enjoying the warm summer weather without the risk of getting a sunburn.

  3. I.M. Coffee - 1105 N Market St

    First, stop in the I.M. Pei building for freshly brewed beverages, delicious pastries, and made-to-order sandwiches. Then, head outdoors to enjoy them in the plaza space. There is even live music in the plaza on Fridays during lunchtime!

  4. DECO Food Hall - 111 W 10th St

    The newest addition to the downtown dining scene offers traditional outdoor seating as well as a cool breeze indoors with retractable windows that are opened when the weather is nice.

  5. Ernest & Scott Taproom - 902 N Market St

    The patio at Ernest & Scott draws downtown diners for casual outdoor dining as well as the occasional event like cigar nights or beer pairing dinners.

  6. Stitch House Brewery - 829 N Market St

    Experience all the Market Street has to offer while enjoying your favorite brews from the patio at Stitch House.

  7. Chelsea Tavern - 821 N Market St

    Chelsea Tavern has long been a go to place for those wanting to dine outside on Market Street, but the recently renovated Chelsea Plaza now offers even more shaded outdoor seating for restaurant goers.

  8. Jimmy Johns - 824 N Market St

    Jimmy Johns is one of the only fast casual places on Market that provides tables outdoors for people to enjoy their grab and go sandwiches.

  9. Terra Cafe & Grille - 721 King St

    Just off King Street, Terra has a handful of outdoor tables in the back of the restaurant that allow you to enjoy your favorite Greek food without the noise and interruption from street traffic.

  10. Cavanaugh’s - 703 N Market St

    You know it’s summertime on Market once Cavanaugh’s starts to set up their lunchtime outdoor seating in front on the restaurant.

  11. Bardea - 620 N Market St

    The outdoor cafe tables, enclosed by beautiful planters, provide the same upscale dining experience you’d expect at Bardea simply with a side of fresh air.

  12. La Fia - 421 N Market St

    Surrounded by gorgeous overflowing flower pots, the outdoor dining at La Fia provides a mini retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Wilmington.

  13. Chicky’s Pizza Pub - 201 N Market St

    What could be better than a hot slice of pizza, a cold beverage, and a cool breeze? You can enjoy all three (and more) from Chicky’s Pizza Pub!

  14. Downtown Farmer’s Market - 10th & Market St

    Although it’s a slightly different set up this year than in the past, you can still eat lunch from your favorite food truck at any of the several picnic and cafe tables on Wednesdays at the Downtown Farmer’s Market.

  15. Wilingtown Square - 505 N Market St

    Even if you prefer to pack you lunch, you can enjoy it outdoors at one of the cafe tables, provided by Downtown Visions, in Willingtown Square across from the Delaware Historical Society.

New Pop-Up Market Coming to Nemours Plaza

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Fans of our Wednesday Downtown Farmer’s Market rejoice! We’ve partnered with The Buccini/Pollin Group to offer an additional pop-up style mini-market in Nemours Plaza this summer! Nemours Plaza is the outdoor space between the Brandywine Building and the Nemours Building, located at the intersection of Tatnall St. and Delaware Ave.

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The summer pop-up market begins this Thursday, June 13th, from 11 AM – 1 PM with a “Dog Day” Meet and Greet featuring the Delaware Humane Association. Stop by and say hello to a few four legged friends and discover more about the DHA’s adoptable animals and programs.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from Market Street's favorite ice cream sweet spot, UDairy Creamery Market, as well healthy lunch options from Viva Bowls food truck.

There will also be live music in the Plaza too!

Other upcoming events this summer in Nemours Plaza include:

  • Lunchtime Yoga Express Classes from 12-12:30 PM

    • Tuesdays - June 18, 25, & July 2, 9

  • Fresh Produce Stand Featuring Twin Lakes Produce

    • Wednesdays from 4-6 PM - Starting June 19

    • Thursdays from 11 AM - 2 PM - Starting June 20

  • Live Music from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    • Thursdays - Starting June 13

  • Dog Day Meet & Greet with DHA from 11 AM - 1 PM

    • Thursday, June 27

  • Outdoor Movies & Happy Hour with Theatre N

    • Happy hour promotions begin a 4 PM & movies will start at sunset.

    • Thursday, June 27

    • Fridays through August 23 - Starting July 5

  • Fitness Demonstrations from BlkOps Fitness

    • Details to Follow

  • Cornhole Tournament & Outdoor Spin Fundraiser with CoreTen Fitness

    • Details to Follow

Check out our Facebook event for the most up to date event information!

Stay in the Know in Your City and Join us for an Evening of Conversation!

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Downtown Vision’s Executive Director Marty Hageman and City of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki invite you to an evening of fun and conversation with IN Wilmington Campaign Manager Brianna Hansen and other special guests as we kick off another summer of fun in Downtown Wilmington! Learn more about all of the events happening in your neighborhood this season. There’s so much to look forward to!

All are welcome to join us for our quarterly Meet & Greet on Wednesday, May 22nd, from 5-7 PM at Willingtown Square (weather permitting) at 505 N Market St. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Click Here to register. Registration is requested but not required.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Downtown Visions, NKS Distributors, and Shoprite, and our host Delaware Historical Society.

Lani Schweiger of Downtown Visions Featured on New Market Wilm

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Join us in congratulating our very own, Lani Schweiger, Main Street Wilmington Manager and Senior Brand & Marketing Manager as she was just featured on New Market Wilm!

When you see the yellow jackets swarming on Market, you know Downtown Visions is on the scene. However, squint behind those scenes and you might catch a glimpse of Lani Schweiger – and if you don’t know what she looks like, you certainly know her style.

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Stay in the Know in Your City and Contribute to Wilmington's Future, Join us for an Evening of Conversation

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This is your city get the most of all it has to offer! All are welcome to join us on December 5th at 5 PM at Christina Cultural Arts Center, 705 N Market Street for an evening of conversation as we kick off the Holiday Season. Learn about all the great initiatives downtown and celebrate the City of Wilmington, DE. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Tell your friends you are attending and share our Facebook Event.

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