Camila Banus plays the role of tour guide for her hometown
Your Guide to: Miami, Florida
Versailles “The first thing you need to do after arriving at the airport, even if your luggage remains in the car, is go to a place called Versailles. This place is a really old fashioned restaurant and you don’t even have to go inside – there is a little window you can order from – but you have to go and have a drink of Cuban coffee and some to eat and get Cuban pastries. This is the place to go when you arrive in Miami. It’s like going to In-N-Out [Burger] when you get to Los Angeles.
3555 8th street southwest; 305-444-0240; versaillesrestaurant.com
baby beach “Checking out any Miami beach is one of the first things I would do. The water there is incredible, its color and its warmth. You can walk very far, it’s very shallow and it’s a beautiful place to go. I used to wear my swimsuit to school so I could go to the beach afterwards. miamiandbeaches.com/things-to-do/beaches/miamis-best-beaches
Ocho Street “Historic Calle Ocho is a place in town called Little Havana, which is mostly populated by Cuban-American families, and has many small shops selling Cuban goods – ice cream, food, music. There is a place to play dominoes outside, and on Friday night they play music there and they invite super famous artists from the Latin world to play in this little street. So it’s a place to get a feel for Cuban-American culture in Miami.
Southwest 8th Street, Little Havana
Perez Museum of Art in Miami “There is a really cool museum called the PAMM and I actually got engaged in this museum! It’s nice. It’s set against the backdrop of the MacArthur Bridge, the bay, and all the cruise ships, and this museum is populated with some of the finest post-modern art around. Every two weeks they change exhibits, but they have permanent exhibits there and they’re amazing.
1103, boulevard Biscayne; 305-375-3000; pamm.org
Joia Beach “Joia Beach is a really cool place because it’s an outdoor space, and especially with Covid right now, you better be outside. It’s a kind of open-air bar / lounge and there is Tulum [Mexico] vibrations. So you are over there, you are near the ocean.
1111 Parrot jungle trail; 305-400-7280; joiabeachmiami.com
Shelborne South Beach “The Shelborne is truly historic and beautiful. There is a great swimming pool there. It’s super modern and they totally revamped it so I would check it out.
1801 Collins Avenue; 305-531-1271; shelborne.com
Dadeland Shopping Center “It’s my favorite place to shop. It’s one of the nicest malls in Miami and has pretty much everything you need. ”
7535 North Kendall Drive; 305-665-6226; simon.com/mall/dadeland-mall
Cafe El Tiesto “This is a really cool restaurant which is a smaller style restaurant. It’s in an area called Wynwood, which is very popular right now. There is a lot of street art and that’s where they have Art Basel. It is a small restaurant which is a fusion between Dominican and Japanese. I was blown away by this place. They have the most elaborate and complex fusions I have ever seen with Dominican food. It is so good.”
3023, boulevard Biscayne; 305-639-8096; eltiestocafegroup.com
Casa Juancho “You don’t think of Spanish food when you think of Miami; you mainly think of food from Caribbean countries or South America. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Miami. It is exceptional Spanish cuisine and the restaurant is very romantic. They have these singers going to every table and they sing these beautiful old Spanish songs to you.
2436 8th street southwest; 305-642-2452; casajuancho.com