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Best Frozen Yogurt In Los Angeles

February 4, 2016 3:10 PM

 (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Pinkberry)

(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Pinkberry)


Frozen yogurt has practically become a phenomenon in the past several years in Los Angeles. While it’s been around for a while, it seems like there was a reinvention of new stores and the craze with new stores opening everywhere and anywhere. With frozen yogurt stores link Pinkberry and Yogurtland dominating the commercial spaces around town, offering toppings galore for customers, we’ve rated our favorite frozen yogurt spots in LA.
 (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Pinkberry)

(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Pinkberry)


Pinkberry
7288 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 969-0092
www.pinkberry.com

Pinkberry has become the Starbucks of Frozen Yogurt, with stores on almost every block. Although the store is headquartered in Arizona, and there are currently 260 stores in 20 countries today, Pinkberry actually was founded in West Hollywood in 2005 in a tiny residential teahouse called Huntley Drive. Made famous for its original tart flavor, and wide selection of toppings, Pinkberry has since become the go to spot for all things frozen yogurt. While flavors are always changing at each location, some, like the original tart flavor are always on the menu. The great part about Pinkberry, aside from the huge amount of toppings they offer, is that they offer flavors that correspond with the times. You might find pumpkin yogurt during Thanksgiving, while summer may bring grapefruit, or coconut. Other flavors known to be offered here are cherry, green tea, key lime, lychee, peach, passionfruit, hazelnut chocolate and many others. And, for toppings, customers can choose from endless possibilities. From mochi to fresh fruit, fruity pebbles and more, they offer a wide variety.

(credit: Froyo Life)

(credit: Froyo Life)


Froyo Life
241 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 777-0018
www.froyolife.com

Providing quality frozen yogurt, Froyo Life is a more recent addition to the frozen yogurt craze, and the shop has created a cult-like following with just a few locations, including in Beverly Hills, Los Feliz, and in Montrose. Committed to providing the best yogurt around in a fun environment, Froyo Life offers a great selection of fresh fruit and a wide selection of dry toppings to add to their big variety of yogurt flavors. While Pinkberry makes you order through a person at the counter, at Froyo Life, the do it yourself model, where customers can literally pump their own yogurt, and add as many toppings, has become a big hit. Flavors are always changing here, like at other frozen yogurt venues, but you can always depend on some of the standards like vanilla and chocolate. And, when it comes to toppings, fruit, mochi, cereal, almonds and pretty much everything else you can imagine is on hand.

(credit: Yogurtland)

(credit: Yogurtland)


Yogurtland
310 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hancock Park
(323) 936-5428
www.yogurt-land.com

Out of all the yogurt chains, Yogurt Land is by fav the most popular. Started in 2006, Yogurt Land took Pinkberry’s model and turned it on its side by letting people crank the yogurt levers themselves, add as many flavors in one cup as possible, and also add as many mix and match toppings as they wanted. While most were used to having to ask the person behind the counter for an extra piece of chocolate chip topping, customers could now do it themselves. At the end, the price is determined by the weight of what’s in your cup. People loved the new concept, too. Today, Yogurt Land is everywhere in LA, and offers a wide variety of always changing flavors like cookies and cream, tart, cherry tart, passion fruit, cake batter, chocolate, and many others. Like other frozen yogurt shops, a huge offering of toppings is for the picking too.

(Credit: Yogurt Stop)

(Credit: Yogurt Stop)


Yogurt Stop
8803 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-6830
www.yogurtstop.net

With so many frozen yogurt shops popping up all over the place, it can be tough to choose just a few, but West Hollywood’s Yogurt Stop certainly tops our list. With flavors that are always offered, like “Coming Out Cake Batter,” “Charge Your Engine Chocolate,” and “Full ‘Er Up French Vanilla,” they also offer rotating flavors with funny names like “Street Cred Banana Bread,” “Mint Cookie Madness,” “Matcha Tea,” “I’m Coconuts For You,” and “LA Spin It A NY Cheesecake Minute.” Out of most frozen yogurt shops, Yogurt Stop not only offers some of the best and most delicious yogurt, but with their wide variety of flavors to choose from, do-it-yourself pumping station, and huge offering of toppings to slather on top of your yogurt, it’s certainly one of the best in LA.

(credit: Cristina L./Yelp)

(credit: Cristina L./Yelp)


Bigg Chill
10850 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-1070
www.thebiggchil.com

Located right on Westwood Blvd. and Olympic Blvd., The Big Chill has had a cult offering way before the Pinkberry’s and Yogurt Land shops opened. Offering a vegan, dairy free, and essentially sugarless frozen yogurt (carbo-lite) as well as regular, customers love this place for its friendly staff, big selection of flavors that you can choose from on its board, and cool retro look. The interior, along with the sign outside would remind anyone of the famous Peach Pit location on “Saved By The bell.” While you won’t find AC Slater and the gang hanging out here, you will find a line out the door constantly. With a loyal following, tasty flavors and a great selection, it’s obvious why this place has been a renowned staple of Los Angeles for 20 years. Flavors such as macaroon and blueberry are on the menu, but a local favorite seems to be their creamy vanilla. If you’re feeling glamorous, Hollywood stars have been spotted here, so you may encounter some paparazzi. This is the place to fulfill your frozen fantasy!

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(credit: cbs.com/shows/undercover_boss)


Menchie’s
13369 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-9900
www.menchies.com

Founded in the Valley, this chain offers 100% self service, at its several-location frozen yogurt shops. Simply pick the cup of your choice, go to the machines, fill your cup with however many flavors you want, and then choose from over 40 toppings. You can even choose to add a waffle cone to the mix. While it’s one of the smaller chain frozen yogurt shops, with around 11 locations, it’s become an instant hit.

(credit: Angelie A./yelp)

(credit: Angelie A./yelp)


Humphrey
4574 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 906-2490
www.humphreyyogart.com

While you’ll find many frozen yogurt stops franchise themselves and on a quest for expansion, Humphrey Yogurt has remained relatively small with just a few shops. But, it certainly has a big following. Like an old fashioned ice cream shop, Humphrey’s is the type of spot you’ll want to take your kids after a sports game to grab a treat of frozen yogurt. They don’t offer a huge selection of flavors, or toppings, but its made up by the fact that their yogurt is certainly some of the best in town.

(credit: Coffee G./yelp)

(credit: Coffee G./yelp)


The Yogurt Shoppe
873 Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 459-0088
www.aplacetomix.com

You may need to venture to the Pacific Palisades if you live far, but The Yogurt Shoppe is certainly worth a visit. A little shop with a large community following, this spot has one mission: to allow its customers to have a perfect yogurt experience. This is fulfilled by being offering inexpensive and delicious yogurt options. It’s impossible to not try a fruity sorbet, and it’s just plain difficult to avoid the hot sauce toppings. This shop offers toppings like chocolatey specialties, candies, as well as chopped up farmer’s market fruits.

(credit: Jennifer T./Yelp)

(credit: Jennifer T./Yelp)


21 Choices
85 W Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 304-9521
www.21choices.com

With a few stores, 21 choices is a big hit for frozen yogurt in LA. The yogurt here is hard-packed, and softens at the hands of the mixer. Tell your server what flavor yogurt and mix-ins you’re craving, and watch your creation get chopped up and blended right before your eyes. Every day, six new pre-made yogurt flavors are made, though you can always invent your own. Try Mayan Chocolate, Blue Raspberry Pineapple, or Island Strawberry. They offer everything from animal crackers, whole Twinkies, and Girl Scout cookies to put on top as well! Those toppings alone should make any person want to give it a try.

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