Southern California may be the capital of frozen yogurt, but Northern California has its share of iconic, first wave frozen yogurt shops. These old school shops have been swirling for decades.
Here’s a quick snapshot of these iconic frozen yogurt shops.
- Woody’s Yogurt Place (802 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, CA 94941) has moved a few times over the years but they’ve been serving the community since 1964, before frozen yogurt was invented. They’re still winning Best of Marin awards and they’re an IFYA Swirl of Honor shop. Woody’s offers froyo, ice cream, smoothies and shakes.
- Yogurt Farms (1224 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa CA 95401) has a Snoopy holding a froyo cone statue right out front. There are Peanuts statues throughout Santa Rosa and its home to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Snoopy’s favorite frozen yogurt has to be from Yogurt Farms, family owned and operated since 1982. They also have ice cream, shave ice, smoothies, shakes, coffee and more.
- Honey Treat Yogurt Shoppe (201 W Lodi Ave. #A, Lodi, CA) has been serving the Lodi community for over 25 years. It’s definitely a local favorite. Honey Treat Yogurt has been open in Roseville (1821 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, CA) since 1983 where it serves froyo, ice cream, shaved ice, smoothies and shakes.
- Solano Yogurt (1415 Solano Ave., Albany, CA) is considered an Albany institution. We’re not sure how old it is but it looks old and people say it’s been around for years. They serve ice cream, shakes, malts, sundaes and smoothies.
- Yogurt De Lite (4378 Thornton Ave., Fremont, CA) is located right next to Thornton Junior High School and it has that classic, old school froyo shop feel. Up until a few years ago, there were several Yogurt De Lite locations in the Bay Area. The last location seems to be this one in Fremont. They added crepes and boba drinks recently.
- Yogurt Mill (3 locations in Modesto, 1 in Turlock, @yogurtmill), a Modesto institution, opened in 1984. Unlike most old school froyo shops, Yogurt Mill has updated its decor and logo. They even have one self-serve location. Yogurt Mill is known for customer service, quality froyo, and generous portions. More than one location has a drive-thru!
- Yogurt Park (2433 Durant Ave., Suite A, Berkeley, CA) is the granddaddy of Bay Area froyo shops. They opened their doors in 1977, so they turn 40 years old this year. Locals call it YoPo – it’s easier than saying Yogurt Park. Since it’s so close to the UCB campus, you can’t really call yourself a UC Berkeley graduate without having gone to YoPo. The decor is still old school. Flavors are posted daily on their Facebook page and on Twitter, @yogurtpark.
- Yogurt Stop (401 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA) will turn 30 next year. It’s had one owner, Soheila Khalili. In addition to offering 15 daily flavors of froyo, the shop sells locally produced ice cream, shakes, coffee, and Flavor Burst.
- Yumi Yogurt (Redwood City, San Mateo, Santa Clara) is over 30 years old. Their swirling skills are legendary. In addition to froyo, they serve Lappert’s Premium Hawaiian ice cream and smoothies.