Suria Sabah Shopping is the latest shopping complex and most luxurious mall in downtown KK. It is located in a strategic location nearby the Jesselton Point Water Front and the downtown harbor. You can find shops of international brands, major outlet stores, beauty and cosmetic stores, and boutiques.
The Suria Food Court is the highlight of this shopping mall as it has spectacular sea views overseeing the Jesselton Pier and Gaya Island from its outdoor seating area which is fondly patronized by tourist and sun seekers. It serves various local to western foods like Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sri Suria Muslim Food, Claypot Delights, Pizza, Pasta and Burgers.
City Grocer is a supermarket within the Shopping Mall. It sells varieties of items from fresh fruits to local made items like the Sabah Tea, Tenon White Coffee, and etc. I think it is another place to shop for small items for friends back home.
The Suria Library is located on the second floor of the shopping mall. If you need a place to use the internet, this will be an ideal place to have the service.
You won't miss this shopping while in downtown KK.
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If you are looking for something special as inexpensive gifts, go shop around in the pedestrian bridge at Segama Complex. The bridge is next the big Post Office building or the KK Plaza. You will see some indigenous locals selling their hand-made handicrafts for a living. The handicrafts that they made you won't find anywhere else. I think they are colorful, special, and easy to bring home items as a small gifts to friends or your own collection during your trip to Sabah.
I think it is worth your time checking this out than shop at those souvenir shops that have items " Welcome to Sabah " that made in China.
While huge shopping malls selling clothes and electronic items seem to be the 'in thing', and certainly a browse in air-conditioned comfort on a hot, humid day is not a bad thing, if you really want a good deal on local products, you need to get out into the street.
There are a number of large shops selling good quality, well-priced fabrics along Jalan Tun Razak. The Handicraft Centre on Julan Tun Fuad Stephen has many stalls selling pearls of varying quality - really good if you want some cheap trinkets for children - and stalls selling T-shirts and other items of clothing.
There are also many shops selling jewellery and handicrafts in the Segama and Sinsuran blocks.
You can find some bargains and unique items by shopping around rather than relying on the malls.
What to buy: Pearls, fabric, handicrafts
The Borneo Trading Post has a wide range of Art and Crafts from Borneo. Shop staff were very friendly and have a good knowledge of the items they are selling.
What to buy: Some terrific items made from mango wood, beautiful scarfs, and traditional jewellery from different groups in Sabah.
What to pay: For the quality of the items, I thought the prices were very reasonable.
There`s a local market famous with the name of Filipino Market which is located at the port of Kota Kinabalu . In that market you can find many kinds of handcrafts and fantastic souvenirs for reasonable prices but before paying for anything break the prices as much as possible .
The latest and trendiest shopping experience in KK. Located along KK waterfront, the mall comes alive in spectacular fashion with over 100 trendy outlets, restaurants and two hotels.
Two storey building with natural sunlighting and many dining & fashion outlets. The building design concept is quite unique. A popular hangout place for the young & trendy.
However, by the time I wrote this tip, Borneo One Hypermall should be the largest shopping mall in KK with two attaching hotels. Tune Hotel is just at the annexe building.
What to buy:
Sabah tea is cultivated in the pristine foothills of Mount Kinabalu. It's an all time favourite for everyone. 100% pesticide and colouring free. From Malaysia's only organic-certified tea plantation.
You can buy from shops or supermarket. Spot the dark green coloured box packing. It's a great souvenir for your friends & family at home. Available in all sizes & content.
This is the usual everyday shopping place for the local.
Pacific Ngiu-Kee, one stop departmental store & supermarket.
There is a food court at the basement floor, catering all kinds of food. Prices are reasonable.
What to buy: There is a stall selling fresh fruit juices that is worth trying. My personal favourite is the avocado juice. For a mere RM3, you can have a pure, thick & smooth taste.
What to buy:
Sabah is home to an abundance of pearls. This exquisite harvest from the sea is collected and either sold raw or arranged into jewellery pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings & rings. Many stores in KK offer some great buys, especially from Filipino Market. The prices are lower than that in many other countries and the quality is just as good if not better.
Pick for those pearls which are near round shape, full of lustre & minimum flaws. This is the basic in selecting reasonable quality pearls.
What to pay: RM30 to RM50 for a short strand of necklace
A market with stalls selling dried seafood like shrimp, salted fish, anchovies, crackers, etc.
What to buy: Shrimp, salted fish, anchovies, crackers etc... if you don't mind your luggage filled with fishy smell. It can be a good buy for the locals to cook their local dishes.
What to pay: Dried shrimp RM25 per kilo
Some of the popular shops are Borneo Craft, Borneo Treasures, Kadaiku, Sabah Handicraft Centre, The Borneo Trading Post, etc. Or you can find them in Gaya Sunday market, which basically sells everything.
What to buy: Pencil case, handphone pouch, coin pouch, purse etc.
What to pay: RM10 for 3 items.
Sabah or Malaysian Borneo is the sanctuary for Orang Utans. Of course here you can find a variety of souvenirs on Orang Utan. Some of the popular shops are Borneo Craft, Borneo Treasures, Kadaiku, Sabah Handicraft Centre, The Borneo Trading Post, etc.
What to buy: Be sure to pick up one of their signature, endangered species -- Orang Utan.
This shop is accredited by the Sabah Tourism Board. The quality and price here were the best I saw in KK. They also have other souviner items, sarongs, chocolates etc.
What to buy: T shirts
What to pay: Less than some other souviner shops for better quality.
Pearls are a big shopping item in KK. They are good quality and cheap.
They can be bought at department stores, Jewellers, and at market stalls ie the Craft market at the waterfront and at the Gaya St Sunday market.
At the last 2 remember to bargin the price down.
The taximan was recommending me as souvenir this Sabah coffee brand "Yit Foh" tenom coffee and said can get from most supermarket in KK. We dropped by Servay Supermarket (LIKAS branch) and bought the coffee on the way down from KK,Poring trip. I don't take coffee but the feedbacks was that the coffee was not very strong.
What to buy: Jit Foh Tenom Instant Coffee. 3 packings : - 3 in 1, 2 in 1 and KOPI O
What to pay: Range RM4.99 to RM6.50 depends on type of packings