City Square: Multi-level Aircon Shopping
City Square is a multi-level shopping mall in the best Malaysian tradition. Basically there are seven or eight gallery-type levels and a central coutyard below. There is a huge selection of stores and restaurants, as well as all the usual suspects in terms of brand stores and restaurant chains. There's also a cineplex on top. If you are looking for baby clothes or accessories, there is an excellent baby store in there as well.
Various: Jalan Wong Ah Fook: CDs, DVDs, Designer clothes etc
The hot spot for brand products, DVDs, CDs and the like is the little stretch of shops on Jalan Wong Ah Fook between the Compact Hotel and City Square. Everything is at about the same price or slightly cheaper than in Bangkok or Phuket. I picked up some good designer baby clothes for my son.
The shopfront spruikers are fairly pushy and if you visit as a single man (as I did), the first thing they'll ask you about is XXX DVDs. They backtracked a bit when I asked about toys and handbags. Anyway, good bargains to be had here.
EyesMate Optometrist: Contact Lenses
EyesMate Optometrist is located at level 3 City Square near Kenny Rogers.
This Optical shop is recommended by a friend for their cheap contact lenses and glasses.
Monthly disposable lenses could go as low as RM50 for 3 pairs.
I brought 3 paris of O2 contact lenses for RM90 at their promotion price. Contact lense solution was at RM36 for a twin set.
A eye test will be done and you could purchase the contact lenses according to your degrees.
Glass are cheap too but you wont be able to get it within the same day.
What to buy: contact lenses
What to pay: RM50 for 3 pairs of Acuve
Various: City Centre Shopping Guide
The most central of JB malls, City Sqaure is newer than most of the central ones and busy. The food court ont he top floor is excellent, the shops are something and nothing, it's mostly branded stuff here ("Outlet" shops) but it has a few things of interest, including a cinema, which shows all the newest films cheaper than any of the Singapore cinemas, all in air con comfort next to a food court.
"Utiliatarian" plaza for the rakyat, lots of independent shops of all types, paticularly good for clothes and a few camera shops too. Minimalistic food court. Lots of Malay bookshops here.
Grim and forboding, mainly houses travel agencies selling intercity bus tickets. Muggers and purse snatcehrs sometimes prey here.
On the edge of the centre, this modern mall is massive but largely deserted. The basement foodcourt however is popular at lunchtime with office workers from the tower.
Busy suburban mall is the centre of JB's software and movie sellers. Utiliatrian style.
Massive waterside development, meant to be far mroe ambitious. Houses a lot of brnad name stores, a good place to try for branded clothes and the like. It also has a nice waterfront eating place.
JB Duty Free:
Located at Stulang Laut, this complex houses a hotel, department store, duty free shops and JB's main ferry port. The shops here are duty free and consequently it seels mainly alcohol (very expensive in M'sia otherwise), perfumes, tobacco etc.
There are several other big shopping centres in JB, however most of them suburban, and some have closed down or are very quiet.
AEON Tebrau City Shopping Centre: New megamall in Johor Bahru
Residents of Johor Bahru have every reason to do more shopping. A brand new mega shopping mall, Tebrau City, opened in Johor Bahru in January 2006. With 3 floors of mid to high end retail shops and restaurants, Tebrau City is now the main draw of Johoreans during weekends. The anchor departmental store, Jusco, sells everything that you would normally expect in a departmental store - supermarket, men's and ladie's clothes, furniture, household items, sports equipment etc.
On the third level are many restaurants serving various types of food - Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and fast food.
What to buy: At Tebrau City Shopping Center, you can get anything that you need for your household under one roof.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable for a departmental store.
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Holiday Plaza: Copy Copy Copy Goes The Canon Machine
Holiday Plaza is THE place for CD and DVD. There are many small shops inside specialising in DVD movies, games or software. You need to take bus or taxi from city centre as too far to walk. Buses go from Jln Tun Abdul Razak and cost RM1.00 and have Holiday Plaza on the front as the destination. The bus stops opposite the mall, and use same sto pto reutrn, as it's a circular route. The wait can be long, so when it's hot be prepared to grab a taxi instead (hardly ever a wait, plenty of taxis in JB!)
Taxi should cost you around RM5, there is a taxi stand on Jln Wong Ah Fook immediate north from City Square, just before KOMTAR.
What to buy: When in JB the place everyone heads to is Holiday Plaza. This is THE place for DVD's, PS2 and PC games and the latest software at precies we can actually afford. There are innumerable shops on the lower two levels. Prices are usualy Rm6 per disc (so if youre game coems on two discs it's RM12 etc.). Usually if you buy so many discs (usually 10) you get some more free.
Also most shops can deliver for you to Singapore if you have too many to carry or are concerned about taking them through customs, though no one has ever stopped me.
If you are buying to use in europe or america, make sure your DVD player is able to run the discs. Same for PS2 games, PS2s needed to be moded to run these kinds of disc. Actually JB is a good place to pick up a good modded PS2 also...
What to pay: One disc is RM6 in most shops.
Holiday Plaza: Shopper's paradise
Perhaps one of the more popular shopping centres in JB.There are a lot of shops selling clothes and i really mean a lot of clothes of shoes.A perfect place for cheap goods hunting but be prepared for the crowds.
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Kompleks Lien Hoe
This shopping mall is approximately 5 kilometres from the centre. It's well-known budget shopping mall. The best place is the ground floor where you can find shoes, fake handbags, handicrafts etc. There are also good local food stalls.
This shopping mall is, as far as I know, a quite new mall in JB. This is also the nearest mall if you are entering JB from Singapore via the Causeway.
There are couple of good stores but nothing special (especially comparing to those in Singapore).
Johor Bahru Duty Free Complex: Duty free shopping
This complex was very empty when I visited it. I didn't fancy anything in it. I don't know if there was some reason why the complex was so dull and empty at that time. It didn't impress me at all. All the goods looked like they are old stuff.
It is one of the largest duty free complexes in the world and it's 2 km from the Causeway.
What to pay: It should be duty free prices.
Kotaraya is another shopping mall just beside Pan Pacific hotel. It is one of the nearest to the causeway and is within walking distance if you know the way.
Public buses from Singapore will stop at Kotaraya Terminal. This shopping complex is within walking distance from the bus terminal.
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City Square: Budget Shopping
The Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (JARO) features handicrafts and artwork made by physically disabled inmates. Here, one can buy reasonably priced hand-made cane furniture, soft toys, rattan baskets and customised book-binds. Within the same compound next door, the Perbadanan Handicraft Center offers songket cloth, batik and pottery made in-house for sale. A state-sponsored venture, JARO has done much good for the less fortunate through its rehabilitative shelter and workshop programme.
What to buy: You can buy almost everything here. For instance, I'm incouraging you to buy the Batik. Lee Tai Meng, a former deaf inmate, left JARO to become one of Malaysia's most accomplished batik artists.
What to pay: Below $25.
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Komtar.: Oldest shopping mall.
Komtar is the oldest shopping mall in JB. It is very close to the causeway, and beside City Square.
I have not been here since very long time ago.. just passed by here. Maybe I will check it out next time and tell you how I feel...
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Pelangi Mall.: Shopping - 2
Pelangi Mall is a pink colored building in Pelangi. It is quite near to the causeway, but not within walking distance though.
This is the third oldest shopping mall after Holiday Plaza in JB. I like to do my shopping here for festive goodies too. On the ground floor, there will be many many make shifts stalls during the festive season selling many different types of goodies. Best of all, you can try them.. hehe.. I can have a free meal here trying all the festive goodies from the different stalls.
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Holiday Plaza.: Shopping -1
Holiday Plaza is the second oldest shopping mall in JB, and it still remains as a very popular shopping mall.
There are many small shops selling VCDs, DVDs, etc and other computer related products. You can shop around for mobile phones here, and even second hands too. There are also many fashion shops for clothes and shoes. I used to get my hair cut at the top most floor, however, it is getting too popular nowadays.
You will not go hungry will shopping around Holiday Plaza. For quick bites, there are KFC and MacDonalds. There's also a hawker center for some hot food. There are many coffee shops and restaurants along the road opposite HOliday Plaza... So you will not go hungry...
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