No offense to the cupcake places, but the trend seems to be passing. And I love a good frozen yogurt joint just as much as the next girl, however there is something refreshing and unique about the new Yola on the south side of Dupont Circle. The warm and inviting space is much larger than it appears from the street, and boasts high ceilings, an exposed brick interior, cheery green colors throughout, and a spacious seating area towards the back for studying or enjoying a snack. Yola offers breakfast and lunch options with fresh (not frozen) yogurt at the forefront of their menu as well as smoothies, teas, and coffees. I was immediately drawn to the “build your own yogurt parfait” as it took me back to my days as a kid at TCBY where I would layer on the toppings and flavors so I could enjoy the best of everything.
Yola has multiple yogurt flavors to choose from including greek style yogurt, maple, peach, black cherry, raspberry, and the delectable chocolate. The chocolate is almost like a pudding but milder and works so well with the fruit and crunchy toppings. I threw in strawberries, slivered almonds, granola, and crushed graham cracker and mixed the whole thing up so each bite was filled with flavor. Other toppings include banana, blackberries, blueberries, coconut, honey, jam, mint, mango, peaches, muesli, dates and more. The possibilities are endless and they change the toppings seasonally as well to provide the freshest ingredients. In addition to the “build your own” option, they also have signature parfaits on the menu such as the yogurt oatmeal parfait which I think I’ll have to try this weekend for breakfast. The smoothies sounded delicious as well and I was particularly intrigued by the “PBJ” which includes bananas, blueberries, jam, peanut butter, almond milk, and yogurt. Yum.
Yola shares a similar sensibility to Sweetgreen (one of my other favorites). Both are homegrown places that are environmentally conscious and focused on natural ingredients. Yola was founded by a local father and daughter team and all of their products are biodegradable, compostable, renewable, and sustainable.
Yola is an exciting concept because it is the first fresh yogurt parfait bar around, but it also offers such a nice alternative to the Caribou Coffee or Starbucks on the corner. They are open until 9PM on Monday through Saturday and offer plenty of comfortable seating options to hang out with friends, read a book, or enjoy a delicious parfait. I know that I’ll be spending a lot of time at Yola in the upcoming months, and I am glad to have something new and local to support in town.
1323 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20035