Welcome to Downtown Defiance!

The Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau is proud to promote Defiance’s small town charm as well as big city appeal through events, activities, economic development strategies, community partnerships, downtown beautification and so much more!

Downtown Retail Merchants

The Defiance Central Business District is home to over 100 merchants including more than 40 locally-owned retail shops.  Spanning six blocks of preserved and restored historic buildings, our downtown shops are loaded with unique gifts, home decor and great finds.

Browse our Merchant Directory: visitdefianceohio.com/merchants

View and print our Downtown Retail & Public Parking Map

Downtown Restaurants

Our downtown is home to several "uniquely Defiance" restaurants, pubs and sweet shops.  From great pizza with a cool vibe, to pie like-your-grandma-wished-she-made, these gems are packed with small town charm.  For more details and contact information, head over to our Refuel page.


The Defiance Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) was established July 2019 within 96 acres of the Defiance Central Business District to add to the vibrancy of downtown Defiance and encourage more community members and visitors to stroll the area. The DORA is a designated public area where alcoholic beverages can be purchased in a designated cup from permitted establishments and carried within the district.  Read more about DORA.

Information on the Defiance Revitalization District, as well as other districts and zones, is available at City of Defiance – D E V E L O P M E N T