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Best Ice Cream ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Nothing beats the heat of the blazing summer sun like a serving of your favorite frozen dessert. Check out our best ice cream list to find out where to go in Orange County, CA, for fresh gelato, creamy frozen custard, low-fat frozen yogurt, or a hot fudge sundae.

View the Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in Orange County, CA.


Cafe Lucca Ice Cream
No Rating
106 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
Menu
This Old Towne Orange café serves made-fresh-daily gelato. More...

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant Ice Cream
No Rating
Dining Room at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant, Mission Viejo, CA The Shops at Mission Viejo
799 The Shops at Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Old-fashioned ice cream parlor traditions are revived. More...

Frati Gelato Cafe Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Frati Gelato Cafe, Fullerton, CA 122 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

An array of gelato and sorbetto flavors offered daily as well as café options and paninis. More...

Gelato Paradiso Ice Cream
Quick Bite
448 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Dense, Italian-style gelato and summery sorbetto in downtown Laguna Beach. More...

Han's Homemade Ice Cream & Deli Ice Cream
Quick Bite
3640 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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Old-fashioned ice cream parlor makes homemade ice cream and quality deli sandwiches. More...

Joe’s Italian Ice Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Joe’s Italian Ice, Garden Grove, CA 12302 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Philadelphia-style water ice makes it to the West Coast; soft serve ice cream is on the menu too. More...

Ramos House Cafe Southern
14/20
Los Rios Historic District
31752 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Menu
Down-home Southern-inspired New American cooking under the oak tree beside a historic cottage. More...

Strickland's Ice Cream
Quick Bite
4523 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
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Some of OC's best ice cream made daily by old-fashioned machines. More...

Tiffy's Coffee Shop
11/20
1060 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Menu
Family-owned coffee shop with exceptional ice cream and a wide-ranging American menu. More...

Watson's Drug Store Ice Cream
Quick Bite
116 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
Menu
OC landmark on Orange’s traffic circle for American diner fare and ice cream specialties. More...

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