The Best Frozen Yoghurt in Melbourne
It’s hot. Damn hot. And as I sit here typing about where to find the best frozen yoghurt in Melbourne without any air conditioning, I’m having an epiphany. I’ve just uncovered the answer to the age-old question, “what is the meaning of blogging?” The meaning of blogging, my friend, is to make your life easier. In this case it’s achieved by ruling out the plethora of shitty frozen yoghurt stores that have popped up around Melbourne. I’m not saying I’ve tried them all, I’m just saying that these are my favourites so far. Please feel free to let me know yours in the comments section. Next week, I’m going to share Melbourne’s best ice cream with you. The pleasure is all mine.
Frozen by a Thousand Blessings
390 Bridge Rd, Richmond | 670 Chapel St, South Yarra
Considering these guys were a little late to the fro yo game, it’s incredible they’ve built such a loyal following. One bite of their self-serve soft serve yoghurt and it’s easy to see why: the yoghurt itself is by far superior to other offerings. “Blasphemy!” I hear you cry, “What about Yo-Chi?” Compared to Yo-Chi, Frozen by a Thousand Blessings simply has better yoghurt. It’s not as sweet and doesn’t taste nearly as artificial. I’m not for a second going to believe that it’s good for you like all frozen yoghurt joints claim, but at least it gives off that illusion by using biodynamic milk and yoghurt. Walking into the store you would almost think it was a Yo-Chi (their designers took a little too much inspiration from the store). Choose from the likes of coconut, chocolate, mango (I always get original) and then load up with toppings such as caramel popcorn and white chocolate goji berries… or fresh berries, if you’re so inclined to continue the health illusion.
292 Carlisle St, Balaclava | 194 Faraday St, Carlton
Yo-Chi is the coolest frozen yoghurt shop in Melbourne with its neon signage, white tiling and queues out the door regardless of the weather. It’s a fantastic option for frozen yoghurt too, although the recent Carlton store on Faraday Street seems to be quieter than its bustling older sibling in Balaclava. Help yourself to flavours such as vegan coconut, organic coffee beans, licorice, vanilla bean and banana soybean, and then finish it off with fresh fruit, halva, fruit sago ‘pearls’ that look like giant fish roe, chocolate brownie bits, and just about anything you would think to put on a cup of frozen goodness.
226 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
I love Ayomo because the people behind it are warm, down to earth and welcoming, and they’re not trying to take over the world like Yo-Chi and A Thousand Blessings. They also manage to make me stray from my usual preference for plain frozen yoghurt, turning me into a new woman with the nutty and velvety macadamia yoghurt. Other flavours include blood orange and lime and ginger, but it’s going to be hard for me to go back. It’s quite possible Ayomo has the best yoghurt out of all the frozen yoghurt stores in Melbourne, and once they lift their toppings up a notch (more homemade goodies please) they’ll be a contender for the best frozen yoghurt in Melbourne. This shouldn’t be hard for them given that their flavour lab – signalled with a large neon sign – is in the shop. And by the way, ‘Ayomo’ is short for “A yoghurt moment”. Cute.
Various locations, check Facebook.
Us Melburnians love our fro yo almost as much as we love out food trucks, so it makes sense that Yogurddiction decided to marry the two. Their yogurt is fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free and kosher (mazel tov!). There are no preservatives. There’s nothing artificial. Flavours change every day, but you’ll always have a choice of at least three alongside 25 toppings to spruce things up. Yogurddiction listen to their fans, so if you want their truck in your ‘hood, give them a shout out on Facebook. It’s the best kind of meal on wheels this summer.
195 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
This was the first frozen yoghurt store I went to in Melbourne. They’ve been around much longer than the rest. I always order the same: plain yoghurt with a double serving of their incredible flaky halva, a couple of chocolate covered goji berries, and a dollop of passionfruit or berry coulis. It’s a local favourite, although they’ve lost some fans to Yo-Chi in the last year or so. All of Igloo Zoo’s yoghurts are fresh and free from artificial flavours and stabilisers. Flavours include summer berry, pomegranate, green tea and coconut, with toppings such as granola (the kind you would gladly buy), cookie crumble and – as mentioned – the best halva in town.
CBD, Camberwell, Chadstone, Hawthorn, details here.
A lot of people are anti-Cacao Green because they seem to be everywhere. It’s the McDonalds effect, where foodists decide without trying a franchise that it can’t possibly be any good. Wrong. The organic and gluten-free yoghurt is all-natural without any nasties. Green tea, chocolate hazelnut, coconut and original are the base flavours, with specials such as mango or matcha thrown in every now and then. The chewy mochi rice pieces are a refreshing topping change, and they also offer frozen yoghurt parfaits with fresh berries and organic granola. I’m tempted to mention that they do waffles, but this is a frozen yoghurt post, after all.