Photo by Lindsay Isola
Emerging mirage-like from one sweaty Sunday afternoon on Monbijoustraße, a chic, three-wheeled, pistachio-green van serves up frozen yoghurt, a summer delicacy that has taken Berlin by storm since the opening of precursor Yoli two years ago.
New shops keep cropping up out of Berlin’s heated tarmac, trying to cash in on what seems to be the latest business bonanza: Berliners’ favourite Eis, with a zero-fat claim (they conveniently omit the toppings) and a rather lucrative €2 per serving (topless), i.e. two to three times as expensive as your usual Berlin ice cream scoop!
Since last summer, a nomadic Mattias Schwach has been offering what could be Berlin’s best version of the frozen treat, to Twitter followers’ and lucky tourists’ delight. With fresh kiwis or strawberries, caramel syrup, crunchy granola or smashed-up Oreos to sweeten up the homemade yoghurt’s slightly tart kick, Yo’Munchy might lack the opulent array of toppings found in some other boutiques.
It might even charge a tiny bit more for them too (50 cents each). But beneath the freshly cut strawberries lies a palm-sized cup of superior froghurt (€2). At this wholly one-man operation, firm icy peaks melt across your tongue with a tarter, cooler bite than its competitors, and the emphasis on quality over quantity leaves you licking the last drops from your paper cup.
Yo’Munchy is your coolest summer tip, though for those keen on blitzing their froyo with a million toppings, head instead to Yoli (for the lush Schoko-Kaffee or the velvety pistachio sauce!) or Yoggster (60+ toppings to chose from for a flat rate!)
Yo’Munchy | www.yomunchy.com, €2, 50 cents each topping
Yoggster | Warschauer Str. 61, Friedrichshain, U-Bhf Warschauer Str., €2.30-6.20, according to size, includes unlimited toppings