Kota Kinabalu Shopping

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  • MOST SUPERMARKET, SERVAY SUPERMARKET: SABAH COFFEE ANYONE?

    by belle_kch Written Aug 17, 2008

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    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

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  • KUNDASANG: FRUITS?VEGETABLES?FLOWERS?PLANTS ANYONE?

    by belle_kch Written Aug 17, 2008

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    Located about 6 km from Mount Kinabalu Park (where the Kundasang War Memorial is).

    What to buy: Fruits, flowers, vegetables and plants..

    What to pay: Getting There
    Kundasang is located 90km, about 2 hrs driving from Kota Kinabalu and only 10 minutes driving from Kinabalu Park. Take a bus from the Jalan Padang Bus Terminal to Kundasang or Ranau for approximately RM17.00 per person. A taxi from the Ranau Taxi Stand (located beside the Merdeka Field) or from your hotel should cost around RM160.00 to RM300.00 per taxi. KK taximen don't use meters, so need to bargain the price before u get on the taxi.

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    Filipino Market: Buying pearls in Kota Kinabalu

    by Deng249 Written Mar 19, 2008

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    Filipino market has a range of arts and crafts, produced locally or taken in from neighbouring countries. It's very accessible.

    What to buy: I bought pearls there on many occasion. Cheaper pearls are the freshwater ones. There are a range of product there. Necklace, earrings, brooch, etc. Pearls come in many shapes and shades. The available shapes are round, corn and rice...hence the names. White color are cheaper than the others.

    Simple stud earrings cost in the range of RM10 - 15. Necklace, short strand is around RM70. You can also buy in a longer length. One strand is about RM70, which is about 1 feet long. So when you buy a longer length, they'll calculate the price by the portion of the extra strands used.

    To get a better bargain in the Filipino market, walk to the back of the building. The booths at the back are not frequently visited as the ones in the front, so, they'll be happy to give you good discount. Scout for a booth that has a wide range of selection, and that stick to it. It's easier to get discounts when you purchase all of the stuffs in one place.

    What to pay: Range of RM100 for good pearl necklace. That's about US 28.

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    Filipino Market: Best place to shop for souveniers

    by lukluk_wal_marjan Written Mar 16, 2008

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    The famous place is at the Handicraft market locally known as Filipino Market where there are many outlets selling the pearls & other handicrafts. Its close to Hyatt hotel & the beach front. Ask any locals and they should be able to direct you to this famous place. Check this URL http://www.sabahtourism.com/attraction.php?ID=94 for further info.

    Depending on types of pearls, I have never bought any necklace, but the bracelet starts as low as RM10 @ approx. USD3(or was it lower? - cant exactly recall).

    Be prepared to spend time scouting the stalls before u made any decision and its here where u can bargain the price. Remember the sale is on cash term only!

    Good luck

    What to buy: Cheap pearl jeweleries
    Table cloths
    Handmade local crafts

    What to pay: Minimum RM10

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    Warisan Square: Warisan Square

    by kenningst Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    This mall is the latest mall in KK now and have a nice selection of mid to mid-high end products, cafes and restaurants. I like this place mainly because there is starbucks Coffee at the ground floor. Nothing beats a good cup of coffee...

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    Centre Point Sabah: Centre Point Sabah

    by kenningst Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    This mall has been here for a long long time. It accomodates to the mid-lower to the low end market and has a good selection of phone shops on the ground floor. Similar to MBK in Thailand or Sungai Wang in KL.

    What to buy: Anything

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    Handicraft Market: Souvenir

    by travelpug Updated Nov 10, 2007

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    interior of handicraft market

    It is a small market with narrow passage in between each stalls. It is packed with merchandise from around this region. However, I had a hard time finding anything that is really unique about Sabah. No, I am not talking about Sabah t-shirts, key chains or magnets. It seems that Sabah has more to offer than these typical souvenirs.

    What to buy: Tourists from west malaysia seems to like to buy dried shrimps and anchovies from Sabah. There is a section of the market dedicated to this type of products. Is it really cheaper here, i am not sure. But sorry mom, I didn't buy any because I didn't want to stink my whole backpack!

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    Center Point: variety of merchandise

    by travelpug Written Nov 3, 2007

    I found that it's difficult to see souvenir shops in KK. I found there are 2 inside Center Point. Their price is slightly lower than the souvenir shop on Gaya Street. The souvenir shop is located near McDonald and Burger King inside the mall. Ask the information counter for directions.

    What to buy: post cards, t-shirts, local handicrafts (these are more authentic handicrafts than those in Handicraft Market/ Filipino Market).

    What to pay: Souvenirs in Sabah are slightly more expensive than in penisula malaysia

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    Warisan Square: Latest Shopping Mall

    by travelpug Written Nov 1, 2007

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    Warisan Square

    Warisan Square is located on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. It's a new mall. The planning is kind of interesting. It consists of 3 groups of covered pedestrian malls linked with bridges on the 1st floor. There are a few restaurants on the ground level facing Jalan Duapuloh. It is just nice and cool to shop in here. There is a Guardian pharmacy here too.

    What to buy: Mostly branded goods like Esprit, Baleno, Padini Concept Store, Guardian (pharmacy), etc.

    Restaurants: Secret Recipe, Hongkong Recipe, Chicken Rice Shop, Starbucks, etc.

    What to pay: Average

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    Shopping malls in KK

    by precy828 Written Jun 14, 2007

    The best thing about shopping in KK is that you can haggle for the price and it's still really cheap.

    What to buy: If you like pearls, there are lot of pearls, crystals at evening market. you can find souvenir items at filipino market. You can buy really good cellphone at almost all corners of KK

    What to pay: cash is the mode of payment for almost everything except when you go to shopping malls which they can accept card

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    Gaya Street: Sunday Market

    by chiabh Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    The Sunday Market, called locally the tamu, offers a tantalising range of products that both excite and educate. The market tamu at about 6.30am and until its closing time around noon. Hawkers and vendors do a roaring, and at times, noisy trade selling food, kuih-muih, potted plants, sea shells, clothes, antiques, pottery, puppies, kittens, birds, rabbits, ornamental fish and other stranger animals.

    What to buy: There is something for everybody - tribal artifacts, Filipino handicrafts made of shells, fibres and pearls, Sabah handicrafts, ancient brass gongs, Chinese ceramics and rattan furniture.

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    Serway Hypermart (inside K.K. Plaza Branch): food and drinks

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 20, 2007

    (last date visited - June 21, 2006)

    Serway Hypermart (inside K.K. Plaza Branch)

    a) jackfruits - RM 1.00
    b) balimbing - RM 1.00
    c) Lipton tea - RM 1.00
    d) Water - RM 1.00
    e) jack & jill chips - RM 1.00

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    Gaya St. Sunday Market: anything under the sun

    by gypsysoul73 Written Feb 15, 2007

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    The open-air Sunday market on Gaya Street is open from 6 am until 2 pm. They sell pretty much everything here: pets, vegetables, antiques, orchids, fruit, clothes, shoes, name it. It was hot and crowded with tourists and locals but not stinky or dirty. I hadn't had breakfast so I bought some donuts and lemonade. My favorite food item was the mini pancake sandwiches with assorted fillings of chocolate, peanut, kaya, butter and cheese.

    What to buy: I didn't buy anything except food really. But it was nice to look around the see the locals in action.

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    clothes shopping

    by syetan Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    As with electronic goods-go elsewhere for variety but if you insist, I'd direct you to visit the big 3 shopping malls again. Mind you sizes in KK can differ from western ones, and an XL there is probably closer to an 'M' in say Australia, depending on where it was made.

    The bigger stores (Parkson, Pacific Ngiu Kee, Tong's) usually have everything under the sun. Women's clothing is as easily available as in any other spot where women are found-it's everywhere!!!

    Just toward the end of December 2006, Warisan Square (behind Centre Point) opened, and sells branded goods, and finally there's a spot that makes KK look like an actual city...

    What to buy: work clothes and leather goods (wallets, shoes) tend to be much better priced than in australia.

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    shopping for electronic goods

    by syetan Updated Jan 20, 2007

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    KK isn't the best spot in Malaysia to do so, but enough questions pop up on the forum about it-generally, keep in mind that the industry is very competitive and shopkeepers who try to fleece you will not make a sale because you'll be shopping around (I hope you are!!)-still a white face will probably attract a premium even after shopping around.

    There's no 1 spot to go around, but basically look at the big 3 shopping malls (Kompleks Karamunsing, Centre Point and Wisma Merdeka) and by and large, you can bargain. International warranties can be excluded to reduce the price so find out about that. Mobile phones are competitive enough but most shops sell both new and used ones so find out beforehand. Also, some new phones are cheaper than identical ones because of limited international warranties-again, ask first.

    Same with computing goods, but as I said at the start, it's preferable to do your electronic shopping elsewhere-Kuala Lumpur or Singapore are much better.

    What to pay: cheaper than in the West, though I find digital cameras to be no cheaper than in Australia. I do recommend doing your shopping in KL or Singapore instead.

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