There’s a chill in the air in Bellevue and it has nothing to do with this season’s wacky winter weather patterns. It’s the explosion of Fro-Yo: four frozen yogurt shops have opened in downtown’s core biz district. While all of them offer essentially the same style of nonfat, low-cal, tangy soft serve yogurt, there are distinctions – from flavors and toppings to prices and ambiance/décor of the shops – that, depending on your preferences, will make you choose a fave.

At Ce Fiore, try the Chocolate or Acaiberry (topping alert: Fruity Pebbles and Gummi Bears!) or go for the waffle topped with yogurt, fruit and honey. The décor is minimalist cool, with a flat screen TV and a great banquette the kids will want to climb on.

At 3Berries, there are three flavors -original, green tea and pomegranate -and the littles will love sitting in kid-size table and chairs.

Red Mango is in Bellevue Square, which means the lines can be long. But it’s worth the wait for super tart yogurt that comes in original, green tea and pomegranate flavors (topping alert: dark chocolate and Captain Crunch!)

Shnoo just might have the coolest name of them all, and if you can’t decide between original and green tea, you can get a mix of both. A Shnoo bonus: If your sweet tooth isn’t satiated, there’s a Top Pot donuts next door that ought to do the trick.

Ce Fiore, 10435 NE 4th St., Bellevue, 425-213-1000
www.cefiore.com

3Berries, 11028 NE 8th St., Bellevue, 425-453-4332

Red Mango, 1031 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, 425-451-8073
www.redmangousa.com

Shnoo, 10602 NE 9th Place, Bellevue, 213-864-5771
www.shnooyogurt.com

P.S. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention another Eastside old school fro-yo fave, TCBY, which is in the Loehmann’s plaza in Factoria. Check out Waffle Cone Wednesdays, where kid-sized scoops on waffle cones are just 99 cents. tcby.com