I scream, you scream, we all scream for—frozen yogurt? It may not attract the same level of attention as its creamier cousin, but frozen yogurt is the perfect antidote to that nagging summer sweet tooth. Choose from classic flavors, inventive blends and endless varieties of fresh and crunchy toppings—all while avoiding the infamous warm weather ice cream lines that wrap around the block. So the next time you and your family are craving something sweet, try one of these Portland favorites to help beat the heat.
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Eb & Bean
Parents (and kids) will find so much to love about Eb & Bean, the frozen yogurt shop that Portland mom Elizabeth Nathan named after her children, Eben and Sabine. Since training in Paris with world-famous ice cream maker Martine Lambert, Nathan has consistently produced original, organic and delicious flavors of frozen yogurt—from the classic Madagascar vanilla and Valrhona chocolate to seasonal favorites such as Meyer lemon crème fraiche and non-dairy coconut cream caramel.
1425 NE Broadway
The Maple Parlor
Since opening in 2015, The Maple Parlor has become a Hawthorne favorite for its unique flavors, locally sourced ingredients and sweets that adhere to nearly every dietary need. You’ll find vegan, paleo, gluten-free and low glycemic options in the rotating selection of flavors, including pineapple mango, coconut lavender, berries & cream and avocado lime coconut. Looking for something just a bit more classic? Be sure to try the signature maple soft serve topped with crunchy candied bacon.
3538 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
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Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge
Designed to serve as a friendly neighborhood gathering space, Nectar Frozen Yogurt Lounge boasts two welcoming locations in Multnomah Village and Sellwood. You’ll find 10 flavors on tap in each store—which currently include graham cracker, peach melba, cake batter, and Eurotart—as well as an extensive array of toppings. Cheesecake bites? No problem. Sea salt? Of course. Cinnamon-sugar? Coconut flakes? Tabasco? You bet.
1631 SE Bybee Blvd.
7847 SW Capitol Hwy.
You won’t be serving yourself at Skinnidip, but this West Burnside shop is a reliable go-to for tasty (and locally sourced) frozen yogurt—whether you get it in a cup, a smoothie or an individual or nine-inch pie crust. Looking for something a little bit different? Choose a flavor of frozen yogurt and as many as four toppings to create a Fro Storm, a delectable blended creation that will keep you coming back again and again.
2230 W Burnside St.
Sunny’s Legendary Frozen Yogurt
As Portland’s only Oregon Kosher-certified frozen yogurt shop, Sunny’s has attracted a legion of fans to its various low-fat, non-fat, non-sugar, non-dairy and gelato-style yogurts. You’ll find flavors that range from salted caramel corn and toasted marshmallow to Irish mint and caramelized pineapple—as well as a variety of delicious and decadent frozen yogurt cakes. Pick up a ready-made mud pie or design your very own creation for a celebration your family won’t soon forget.
4397 SW Vermont St.
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Are you one of those frozen yogurt eaters who really only goes for the toppings? You’ll feel right at home at TartBerry, where the sheer volume of topping options will leave you overwhelmed. Choose from yogurt flavors that range from dulce de leche to melon-berry creamsicle—but be sure you leave space for the plethora of chocolates, gummies, fresh fruit, mochi, bacon bits, and sauces that will make your creation a masterpiece.
915 SW 9th Ave.
536 SW College St.
Owned by Portland native Andre LaGrande, YoChoice is the perfect option for frozen yogurt purists who enjoy classic flavors such as cookies ‘n cream, Alpine vanilla, chocolate, raspberry and original tart. The toppings are also traditional in the best sense, as YoChoice even stocks Mother’s Original Circus Animal Cookies. And if those little pink-and-white wonders don’t get you there, just about nothing will.
4941 NE Fremont St.
What is your favorite frozen yogurt in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!
— Maura O’Brien