Kelly Talamas' Insider Guide to Miami
If you follow fashion, you probably know Kelly Talamas de Rilliet. Kelly is most known for her role as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico, a post she held from 2012-2016. During her tenure, Business of Fashion named her one of the 500 people who were shaping the global fashion landscape. While Kelly has bounced from her hometown of Miami, to Mexico, to Bogota, Miami is the place she will always call home. Since growing up there, she finds it exciting to return and explore the city with fresh eyes. As Miami has experienced a sort of creative renaissance over the last decade, the city extends itself beyond the South Beach party scene for which it was once known. Below, Kelly shares her favorite local spots to visit when she returns home.
Favorite hotel to stay at?
Hotel you want to check out next time?
I’ve been wanting to try Casa Faena, a small boutique hotel owned by the Faena group, located just across the street from their main hotel. It has a more intimate feel, which personally I prefer. Also Life House Hotel just opened their first hotel in Little Havana so I definitely want to check that out.
Sansara Cuban style pop-up brunch on Sundays at Tinta y Café is a local secret. Seating is very limited, so reservations are a must. For a more sceney brunch, there’s Faena’s also on Sundays, which has a delicious Argentinian asado.
The Webster is a well-known classic, but recently a handful of really cool shops have popped up, such as Bossa Concept, which specializes in Brazilian and Latin American designers. I love Antidote and it’s curated selection of sustainable brands. Also! I’m thrilled Ten Over Six recently opened a location in Little Haiti.
Best place to watch the sunset?
The Standard, hands down.
Best dinner spots for a big group?
I always do Mandolin Bistro with larger groups, not only for the charming ambiance and delicious food, but also there’s no comparison to the hospitality and personalized attention that Anastasia (a.k.a. @mrsmandolin) and her staff provide… it always feels like you’re over at a friend’s place for dinner. Also check out her shop that just opened!
Best romantic dinner spot?
I’ll always love Broken Shaker at the Freehand Hotel for its Wes Anderson-esque vibe. Baby Jane, The Anderson and Casa Florida are also fun, and if you’re looking for a night with live music and salsa dancing, Ball & Chain or Hoy Como Ayer on Calle Ocho are good options.
Best spot on the beach?
You can never go wrong with Soho House. When I’m not feeling the crowds though, I head to my dad’s place in North Miami Beach, which is nearby the Carillon Hotel (previously Canyon Ranch), a wellness resort with a delicious (and healthy) beachfront restaurant called The Strand.
Best neighborhood to pass the day:
If I’m not working or spending time with the family, my favorite place to be when back home is on the beach, in the ocean. That being said, the more I live abroad, the more I appreciate Calle Ocho’s unique charm and authenticity. Growing up in Miami, I never really appreciated its Cuban influence with the sidewalk windows where you can order a cafecito and croquetas to go, but the neighborhood is recently having a comeback. I’d suggest having a proper Cuban meal for lunch at Versailles, then popping over across the street to La Carreta for a cafecito (they make the best in my opinion). Then stroll down to Azucar for ice cream before heading to the domino park, where you can peak in at the local elder Cubans playing a game of dominoes while reminiscing about the good old days in La Habana. Then top off the day with a drink and live music at Ball & Chain.