Rihanna conquers Havana and dines at La Fontana

Posted: 29-May-15 15:49

Caribbean songstress, Rihanna arrived in Havana just two nights ago and the first thing she did straight after landing was head to a popular paladar in the city's elegant district of Miramar where she tucked into delicious and authentic Cuban Creole cuisine. She's wasted no time and already did a photoshoot in Centro Habana yesterday. Rumours have been circulating Rihanna's in the island to film a videoclip

Rihanna conquers Havana and dines at La Fontana

The news came out today but very few people outside of Cuba knew of Rihanna’s impromptu appearance in Havana, where she landed Wednesday night. But she didn’t immediately retreat to her hotel to catch up on her beauty sleep. Instead she headed out to get her first dining experience in the capital city. No sooner had Rihanna gotten off the plane she was already enjoying the hearty flavours of Cuban cuisine.

She dined at La Fontana, an atmospheric paladar (privately owned restaurant) in one of Havana’s most chic and elegant neighbourhoods, set amidst manicured gardens and lush foliage. It was one of the places where U.S. R&B couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z dined during their visit to the island back in 2013.

According to Ernesto Blanco, the restaurant’s owner, Rihanna couldn’t wait to taste Cuban food;

"Rihanna came straight to the airport, as she wanted to eat Cuban food"

"It was a complete surprise although we’re used to visits by celebrities. I was out of the restaurant on another commitment and when the gave me the heads up I came immediately. She had a good time."

Accompanied by four people apart from her security guards, when it came to what Rihanna ordered of the menu, Mr Blanco let out the details;

"She asked for a 100% Cuban menu. She ate black beans, charcoal-grilled pork ribs and grandma’s beefsteak. Moreover, our quintet played Guantanamera and other traditional Cuban classics, and she danced discreetly on her chair."

And it looks as though the Barbadian beauty is wasting no time in Cuba as just hours after landing in Havana and having her first meal she was doing a photo shoot in Centro Habana. There she stopped off at the city’s quirkiest, most easily recognisable and most internationally acclaimed paladar – La Guarida. The place where many celebrities visiting Cuba have dined, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Naomi Campbell, Tom Jones and even the Queen of Spain, Rihanna joined the long list of famous the fine cuisine of this unique and artsy eatery.

She was photographed on the vintage staircase of the building that houses La Guarida as she came out of the restaurant where hundreds of fans were lining up to get a glimpse of her.

During her photo shoot she changed clothes a few times and moved about in the classic old American cars from the 40s and 50s that are so well preserved in Cuba.

Rihanna is staying at the Melia Habana hotel for now, also located in the quiet and elegant district of Miramar. Although there are rumours flying in all directions that the popular R&B singer is in Cuba to film a video clip, no one knows how long she is going to be staying in the island nor what her plans are. We’ll just have to hold our excitement, wait and see.


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