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White Rabbit PV Coffee and Pastry Opens in Zona Romantica

A new gay-owned pastry and coffee shop has opened in Zona Romantica, providing locals and visitors with a delightful place to enjoy their sweet tooth cravings or get their favorite coffee drink.

White Rabbit PV is the brainchild of Ilia Borodin, a Russian who fell in love with Puerto Vallarta and its people and decided to relocate here.

White Rabbit PV has a variety of pastry and cakes including delicious cheesecakes, cookies and other sweets. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
White Rabbit PV has a variety of pastry and cakes including delicious cheesecakes, cookies and other sweets. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

White Rabbit PV boasts a cozy and inviting atmosphere, with delightful aromas that fill the air as soon as you walk in. They offer an impressive selection of pastries and baked goods, from the delicious Russian Honey Cake to simple vanilla cookies – and they are also happy to take special orders to make cakes and other desserts for birthdays or other special occasions. 

The name White Rabbit holds a special place in Ilia’s heart – who associates himself with a white rabbit, who he says are cute, cuddly and nice. And he went on to explain that the white rabbit is a strong spiritual animal.

If coffee is your passion, you’ll find that White Rabbit PV uses a  medium roast of selected mexican beans from Nayarit and Oaxaca with notes of fruits and chocolate. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
If coffee is your passion, you’ll find that White Rabbit PV uses a medium roast of selected mexican beans from Nayarit and Oaxaca with notes of fruits and chocolate. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

“Its meaning in different countries and cultures is consistent and always positive,” he said. “Beauty, elegance, wisdom, and mercy are all symbols associated with the rabbit. Meeting a white rabbit brings good luck and peace. Hereby whatever the reason one comes to PV, White Rabbit is a good place to visit.”

White Rabbit PV is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and then from 5 to 11 p.m. It’s located at Lazaro Cardenas 381A, just down the road from the popular Reina’s bar. 

“We offer a variety of pastries and desserts that are unique for PV,” Borodin said. “Some of them are the traditional Russian specialties, like our honey cakes, and others are classic and modern European desserts. We also make delicious cheesecakes, cookies and other sweets. All our desserts we offer in pieces to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tee in our place as well as entire cakes to go for a big group or a celebration. For our coffee drinks we use a selected mexican bean medium roast.”

He said his pastry chef is also working on adding to the menu some nice lactose free and vegan options.

Russian Honey Cake, available at White Rabbit PV. Photo by Oscar Almeida.
Russian Honey Cake, available at White Rabbit PV. Photo by Oscar Almeida.

And you can also grab your favorite cocktail at White Rabbit. 

“We also have alcoholic cocktails, as a specialty,” he added. “Of course you can get your coffee with Baileys, have a Baileys frappe or enjoy a Carajillo…or we can make you a non-coffee cocktail as well.”

Borodin grew up in Moscow, Russia, but found himself in disagreement with the current military and political movements there, and had often vacationed in Puerto Vallarta. He knew it to be a warm and welcoming place and said he feels safe as a gay man in the community.

And while it has been his dream to open a pastry and coffee shop, it is his first venture into the restaurant business.

“White Rabbit is my first restaurant project, a new challenge in my life,” he explained. “I had another business in the b2b sector before, with my biggest passion is traveling and learning other cultures. I had a chance to see what life is like in different countries from Iran to the States and I believe this helps me to better understand the wishes and tastes  of our clients.”

white rabbitt cake display
Photo by Oscar Almeida.

You will find that White Rabbit PV is different from many other coffee and pasty shops in PV. You’ll experience pastry that have a variety of complex flavors.

“Most of our pastry consists of several (up to ten) complex components and each of them requires special attention and deep skills in pastry,” he said. “We use only the highest quality ingredients from the best European brands. Unlike many other pastry shops here  – where people sell outdoors, our cakes and desserts can’t be stored outside. They must be refrigerated and should be served with a temperature 8-10 Celsius. This provides better consistency and flavor for delicate mousses and biscuits.”

If you are looking for a special cake for an occasion, you can get one of those at White Rabbit PV. The price for a cake that will serve 10 portions runs between $600 and $800 pesos.

If coffee is your passion, you’ll find that White Rabbit PV uses a a medium roast of selected mexican beans from Nayarit and Oaxaca with notes of fruits and chocolate. They are also adding a decaf coffee option.

You can catch a late evening happy hour at White Rabbit PV from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., offering any drink (non-alcoholic or alcoholic) for 50% off with the purchase of a full priced pastry.

menu board white rabbit pv

Information to know:
White Rabbit PV
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and then from 5 to 11 p.m.
Happy Hour – 8 to 11 p.m.
Lazaro Cardenas 381A
Instagram: whiterabbitpv

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