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by Team Fathom
Banzabar Photo courtesy of Banzabar.

Every week, our travel editors and experts select the best travel finds on the internet and beyond.

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A New Speakeasy Inside a Hidden NYC Restaurant

If you've been to the Lower East Side, you've likely stumbled across Freemans, the long-time, taxidermy-clad restaurant hidden down Freemans Alley off Rivington Street. Now there's a new reason to follow curiosity down to the end of the alley: An explorer-themed speakeasy on the restaurant's second floor called Banzarbar, termed after the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition. The 20-seat, reservation-only space complements the rare spirits, exotic ingredients, and the optional drinks-forward tasting menu. – Daniel, editor

Photo courtesy of Fuji Television Network Inc./East Entertainment/Netflix

A New Look For Reality TV

If you're looking for a new show to watch on Netflix this weekend, give Terrace House a spin. The Real World-esque Japanese reality television show runs at a refreshingly slow pace, is strangely addictive, and gives viewers insight into the Japan's cultural norms and mannerisms. - Berit, senior editor

Photos courtesy of Hotel Habituel.

Parisian Boutique Find: Hotel Habituel

Here to help remind travelers of the romance of railway travel is Hôtel Habituel Paris, the second opening from hotelier Yoan Marciano. Sitting just a stone’s throw from Gare du Nord, it’s perfectly primed for a pit stop and cozy enough to encourage a longer stay. Alix Thomsen and Laura Leonard, the same duo behind the aesthetic choices of older sibling Hôtel du Temps were recruited again for the interior design of Little India’s latest destination, inclusive of 25 rooms and two suites. You could bite into the delectable visual identity created by Jade Lombard, whose work doubles as a beacon on Rue Du Faubourg for this special blend of talent, striking twice. – Jenny, Melting Butter

Valley of Mo'ara, a walkthrough attraction at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. 

Probably the Best Theme Park Ride Ever

I Fast-Passed my way through Disney World this week, where I was totally blown away by Pandora: The World of Avatar, the latest "land" to be introduced to the Animal Kingdom theme park. It is beautiful and bizarre and masterfully incorporated into the rest of the park with its enormous plants, sky-high floating mountains, and big nature sounds. The main attraction, a 3D flight simulation (on the back of a giant winged creature called a Banshee), still sees lines up to several hours long a year after its debut. The ride is the best I've ever been on — an exhilarating spectacle that made me feel like I arrived in the future. I definitely do not keep up with Disney news nor expect that you do, but I still don't want to give away too many details. I just want to say that it's an incredible four-minute journey to another moon. – Jeralyn, editorial director

Photo courtesy of Wanås Restaurant Hotel.

For Your Next Weekend in the Swedish Countryside

Adding Wanås Restaurant Hotel to my bucket list. The magical Swedish estate outside Malmö is home to a medieval fortress, sculpture park, and an organic farm. - Berit

The Good Witch
Photos courtesy of Joanna Prisco

A New Cafe for the Hudson Valley

Fathom contributor Joanna Prisco is hoping to make a dream come true when she turns her popular coffee and sweets pop-up The Good Witch into a bricks-and-mortar shop in Hastings-on-Hudson. Proudly "owned, operated by, and dedicated to empowering women," the cafe will serve ethically sourced coffee and be stroller-friendly. The Kickstarter is going on now. — Pavia, CEO

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The all-white Casa Angelina nestled into the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Photo courtesy of Casa Angelina.

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