Local Favorites / Explore Like a Local

Are you looking to experience our city like a true Santanero(a)? Make a voyage to Santa Ana's most unique spots rooted in tradition. From quirky food halls and bars to our booming creative spaces, let us guide you through the very best our vibrant community has to offer. 

Eat Like a Santanero

Santa Ana, CA, restaurants are a one-stop shop for foodies. If you want to eat like a true local, prepare to relish in diverse flavors and styles that define our proud culinary traditions.

Nothing says Santa Ana like the cuisine at Kaizen. This Japanese shabu-shabu joint isn't afraid to get creative, and their "Santa Ana Szechuan" broth pays tribute to the region's Asian and Mexican communities, both of which have deep roots in our city's history.

You can enjoy authentic homemade Mexican fare with a plant-based twist at La Vegana Mexicana. The tamales are made in-house daily using homegrown products and feature a wide range of vegan sauces and fillings. 

Foodies and food halls go hand-in-hand, and the McFadden Public Market and 4th Street Market in Downtown Santa Ana are local favorites. Pair a drink at a bar with their rotating list of food vendors that never disappoint. 

Put a pep in your step with a morning or afternoon caffeine break at any of the coffee houses and tea shops in town. 

Art the Santa Ana Way

Our community values art like no other, and we're proud to showcase our creative spirit through the many studios, galleries, and seasonal programming across the city. 

The Grand Central Arts Center has been a staple of our city's art scene since the late 90s. The center has three galleries and on-site project space showcasing global contemporary art. Check its calendar for upcoming exhibitions, performances, and screenings.

Over at Crear Studio, get a feel for Orange County's booming BIPOC art scene. This interdisciplinary art space highlights artists and collectives and hosts programming for all to enjoy. 

And if you're already downtown, you’ll want to take a stroll to uncover our city's art mural tradition. Santa Ana's streets are lined with vibrant and colorful depictions of history and culture.

Santa Ana, CA, Attractions at Night

As Santaneros, we work hard and play hard, and our city's nightlife is how we like to unwind. 

Enjoy a drink and listen to DJs at cozy watering holes like the Mission Bar or El Indio Botanas y Cerveza. Go bar hopping and add a couple of breweries, pubs, and a distillery to the mix. 

For live music, catch a gig at La Santa and discover Orange County's up-and-coming talent. Dance the night away at The Copper Door, an underground nightclub with dancing, drinks, and cool speakeasy vibes.

Dance, eat, get artsy, and celebrate! With so many fun and unique things to do in Santa Ana, CA, you’ll feel like a Santanero(a) in no time.

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