Charleston has long been a favorite for gourmet enthusiasts. Upper King Street, north of Calhoun Street, has become a popular dining destination for visitors and locals alike. Native chefs and those from around the country have created a fusion of lowcountry cuisine with a dash of their personal flare to please any palate.

With a wide array of choices each visitor is sure to experience a unique tapestry of dishes. From a hole in the wall to fine dining, there is a match for every price point and appetite. Tapas tastings, wine vaults, local breweries and hidden gems create an eclectic scene.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Pane e Vino is located just off King Street at 17 Warren St. This quaint spot has been named one of the best Italian eateries in Charleston – with indoor and courtyard dining available. This restaurant has an old world feel that is known for exceptional customer service, food and atmosphere. 843-853-5955

The Rarebit is located at 474 King Street and is open 11am -2am. Uncomplicated and delicious, this bustling restaurant blends nostalgia with a modern day twist. You’ll enjoy American comfort foods, great happy hour deals and they are known especially for their famous Moscow Mules. 843-974-5483

Cupcake DownSouth is located at 433 King Street. Make life sweet with these daily made, all natural treats. These yummy cupcake concoctions will surely make your mouth water. Stop in today and make life sweet! 843-853-8181

The fun doesn’t end at dinner. Upper King has also become Charleston’s entertainment district. Rooftop bars provide unparalleled views of the Holy City skyline, sunsets and moonlit nights. Live entertainment, live music, plays and comedy round out the social scene of the city.