Are you tired of asking Google for “ice cream shops near me,” just to see too many suggestions with no context? Here are some local ice cream shops in Santa Ana and the surrounding area that we love and think you will too. With the new state regulations calling for businesses to cease indoor service, these shops can use all the help they can get.


Family-owned Chunk-N-Chip prides itself on its handmade, small-batch ice cream. They specialize in ice cream sandwiches, made with freshly baked cookies, and with a rotating seasonal menu, it’s definitely worth becoming a regular customer.

La Michoacana Station Ice Cream

Only 10 minutes away from Washington Place, La Michoacana Station Ice Cream specializes in desserts made from fresh, organic ingredients. You can get ice cream by the scoop, or indulge in a paleta—a Mexican popsicle containing chunks of fresh fruit. Satisfy your sweet tooth while being healthy at the same time!

Cauldron Ice Cream

Cauldron Ice Cream combines liquid nitrogen with a sweet, creamy base to create its delicious concoctions. Normally, this makes for a unique “dessert and a show” experience, but with indoor dining not allowed, it’s still sensational performance on your tastebuds. The Santa Ana location allows for online orders, so your ice cream can be ready as soon as you arrive.

Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream

Santa Ana is home to the first Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream location, only 14 minutes away from Washington Place. They have all your favorite, classic flavors, and the team is always working on creating new signature flavors to the mix, like Coffee OREO® and Nutella® Krunch. They also make their own hand-dipped bananas, drumsticks, and ice cream sandwiches.

As summer ramps up the heat, we could all use some help to cool off. These local ice cream shops in Santa Ana will keep you satisfied, and they’ll appreciate the help staying open.