If you happened to wander down Lygon Street on the weekend you may have come across a few blue-aproned Yo-Chi ladies handing out cups of pastel-coloured frozen yogurt. Just over a year after opening their doors in Balaclava, the fro-yo masters behind Yo-Chi have brought their frozen creations northside, with the opening of their second shop in Carlton on Saturday.
Located in the old Brunetti building, the new Yo-Chi is bigger than its southside sister with an interior inspired by Italian marketplaces - a nod to its Carlton location. Designed by Projects of Imagination, the same team that did up their first store, the new space retains that unmistakable Yo-Chi cool. “We've worked hard to develop a space which is relaxed and inviting, visually inspiring and culturally relevant to the area,” co-owner Manny Stul says.
The gigantic Yo-Chi koala has come along too, this time covered in a bright pattern resembling a European tablecloth. But the crown jewel of the new store is the expansive toppings bar. Sitting smack in the middle of the shop the bar is adorned with market style shutters and hand crafted ceramic bowls filled with all the signature toppings.
Yo-Chi enthusiasts will be happy to find the self-serve concept remains the same, pick a yogurt flavour, get creative with the toppings, and pay by weight. The Carlton shop has 12 flavours, featuring all the Balaclava favourites along with new additions like licorice, coffee and classic vanilla. There are also decent options for the non-dairy and vegan customers.
Frozen yogurt joints come and go a lot in this city but Yo-Chi has endured. With its tasty toppings and effortlessly cool setting, this new outlet is sure to be a hit with the folks north of the river.
194 Faraday Street, Carlton
(03) 9347 7130