For me it was guilt-free chocolate for once and from all appearances the girls liked it too. So this is how to have the best chocolate-y birthday party for tweens (and any other age in between 5 and 99) in Kiev.
You hold them by the hand and walk down with them on Andreevskiy Spusk. You arrive at No 2, the Lviv Handmade Chocolate Cafe.
You are greeted in Ukrainian - have you noticed how they refuse to utter a word in Russian on this cafe's premises? Must be business policy. However, we came prepared. We had called ahead the day before to make sure we'd get a Russian master and once we reminded them as we'd been asked to do, all went well.
You put on your special chef's apron and hat and then the fun begins.
The praline dough and cookie cutters.
Then yummy hot chocolate, ready to go.
The chocolate workshop can be arranged for Saturdays and Sundays for a group of 5-10 people at 200 UAH/person. It lasts 90 minutes and is generally taught in Ukrainian. We booked three weeks before the event and called the day before to request a Russian speaking 'master'.
Make sure you leave in an air-conditioned car or else all your lovely work melts.