7 Ice Cream Shops to try right now in Orange County

7 Ice Cream Shops to try right now in Orange County

As the sun-drenched days of summer are upon us, there’s one sweet indulgence that never fails to bring instant joy and a refreshing coolness to our taste buds—ice cream! This timeless treat has captured the hearts of people worldwide and for good reason. There’s nothing like the delightful  satisfaction of taking a bite of the cool, tasty treat during the scorching summer season. Here are 7 Ice Cream shops to try right now in Orange County to help you beat the heat. 

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream
Locations in Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, Irvine, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda

In a world filled with frozen delights, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop stands as a shining beacon of extraordinary frozen treats. For over 75 years, this iconic ice cream parlor has been creating delectable masterpieces that have captured the hearts and taste buds of countless ice cream enthusiasts.  

Looking for a classic Ice Cream Shop? Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop, the dream of Alice Handel began in 1945 when Alice began serving her rich and creamy ice cream creations in Youngstown, Ohio. What started as a small family business quickly gained a reputation for its exceptional quality and devotion to traditional, handcrafted ice cream. Today, the tradition lives on, with every batch of ice cream made from scratch, using only the finest ingredients and time-honored recipes that have been perfected over generations. You can’t miss this classic when you’re looking for a hand crafted scoop on a hot Summer day. 

Summerland Artisanal Creamery
705 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661

What sets Summerland Artisanal Creamery apart is its unwavering commitment to quality and freshness. With both Organic and Vegan options this creamery searches for the freshest of ingredients to make their all so popular ice cream. Each batch of ice cream is crafted in-house, ensuring that every scoop is a burst of pure, creamy perfection. By using premium ingredients and avoiding artificial additives or preservatives to create an unparalleled taste experience that keeps customers coming back for more. The dedication to freshness shines through in every bite, making Summerland a true haven for ice cream connoisseurs.

Gelato Paradiso
448 S Coast Hwy ste a, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 and 401 Newport Center Dr Suite A102, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Ok, so its not technically Ice Cream but we couldn’t have an article about sweet Summer treats without Gelato Paradiso making the cut. Like a European Summer vacation you didn’t take this gelato takes you there. When it comes to frozen desserts, few can rival the creamy, flavorful, and tantalizing experience of gelato. Lines are out the door for both locations but the homemade, flavorful treat you get at the end is well worth the wait. 

Stella Jeans Ice Cream

270 E 17th St #16, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

This small batch ice cream shop has a focus on locally made, super- premium ice cream with seasonal flavors that will make you say emmm. Staples like mango sticky rice and s’more has locals and visitors coming back for more while seasonal new comers like guava cream cheese and Thai tea brown sugar will bring you in until they’re gone. 


1421 W MacArthur Blvd F, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Ok so your here for the gram. The prettiest ice cream in OC with their famous waffle cones and ice cold drink menu. Started right here in OC this famous ice cream shop that’s now gone international has locals lining up in droves for their unique flavors and Instagramable cones. 

Wanderlust Creamery

14413 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604

Feeling the Wanderlust? This newcomer to the OC scene is quickly becoming an Orange County favorite. Inviting you to a memorable adventure that will take you beyond the vanilla days of your childhood. Flavors like ube malted crunch, abulita malted crunch and corn + honey butter crunch are lighting up the taste buds of fans of all ages. 

Brusters Real Ice Cream

510 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867

Like childhood in a cone. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is not only known for their amazing flavors that you just can’t get enough of but other sweets like cakes, pies shakes and those tantalizing banana splits. How is this ice cream so good? Well owning their own dairy helps but so does more than a dozen recipes of the sweetest recipes in town. 


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