A great way to jumpstart your Sunday morning tour. Gaya Street market opens only on Sunday morning. I love the atmosphere. The colours of painting, handicrafts and garments. The sounds of birds chirping and people haggling. The aromas of local delicacies. Take your time to browse through the merchandise displayed and you might discover something you really like to take home with you.
What to buy: Pets - puppies, tortoises, tropical fish, hamsters, birds, rabbits etc.
Potted plants, fruit plant - lime, mango, even durian tree.
Fresh flowers. Fresh fruit. Fresh vegetables.
Souvenir items - key chains, bracelets, woodcarvings, seashells, T-shirts, caps etc.
Local cakes and desserts
What to pay: Cheap but don't forget to bargain.
There are night market near the sinsuran complez where is just like night market you find in any part of malaysia- selling fake branded watches, shoes, clothes, and some funny thing that you wont get in any of the big supermarket.
What to pay: Price can be bargained.
Wisma Merdeka is another department stalls which sell clothes, shoes and stuffs. The reason we get familiar to it is because of the money changer service inside.
Other than it, nothing special about wisma merdeka. It is another outdated complex with little crowd.
Kadaiku, which is accredited by the Sabah Tourism, offers high-quality shirts, sarongs, and home decors at very reasonable prices. Even the local food stuff that you want to bring home to your family and friends cost less here.
What to buy: Must buy here are their T-shirts, which I think are exclusively made for them. They have the best shirt designs and material and they can’t be seen in other stores. They also cost less (24.50-25.50RM) than other KK souvenir shirts (30-40RM).
The Sabah handmade chocolates are sold at only 16RM here, while most stores sell them from 18-19RM.
KK Plaza is located near the sinsuran complex.
If you have not brought enough warm clothes for your Mt. Kinabalu trip, you can do your last minute shopping here.
Some of the shops in KK Plaza sell real cheap warm clothes.. looks like rejected items but still you can get your size. For rm20 or less you can get a sweater here.
What to pay: Fix price and pay in RM.
this is the souvenir and crafts paradise of kota kinabalu.. here, you get rows and rows of stalls housed together selling just about any crafts imaginable, whethere local or not.. definitely the on-stop shop for souvenirs to bring home..
What to pay: whatever you wanna pay, make sure you bargain! usual asian shopping rule.. ;)
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.
Local call this market "Pasar Pilipin".
This is a great place to grab some symbolic souvenirs such as Mt. Kinabalu t-shirt, key-chains, magnecs, local crafts such as batik, rattan items etc.
The opening hour is from morning 7:30 to night 7:00 pm depends on the volume of the crowd.
What to pay: The price can be bargained. But always remember, no point to be too harsh.
An interesting market, with stalls lined up in rows, almost like rabbit warrens, but with treasures and souveniors waiting to be discovered.
A wide range of seawater pearls, handicraft, bags handmade from natural fibres, colourful pareos/sarungs, t-shirts, all at different prices & quality so you would need to look around and compare before buying.
Tip for supershoppers: starting prices are always very high and you would need to bargain it down by about 1/2 or even less. Much cheaper than at regular shops, but quality & finishing could be different.
What to buy: I bought a beautiful strand of small salt-water pearls (not perfectly round, but shaped like small seeds, off-white colour). Quoted price was RM60, and at the end, I paid RM50/US$12 for two strands! I can wear them twisted against each other or separately to create a longer strand. They match well with casual tops or with formal office wear. Pearl earrings, marked at RM45, but I paid only RM25/US$6 for the pair. I also bought some wooden household decorations.
I did not drive a hard bargain and was satisfied with my purchases. Everyone's got to make a living.
Downside: It can be quite warm and rather dark inside the markets. This is Asia, do be prepared to sweat a little. :-)
What to pay: Different quality at different prices. Worth looking around a bit before commiting to your purchase. RM20-30 for a pair of salt-water pearl earings, various prices for crystal bracelets, but some could be fakes, so buy them at your own risk.
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
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.
Buy crystal or pearl accessories like bracelets, brooch, necklace or even local craft or souvenirs here. I have plenty of crystal collection now. They are very cheap compared to KL. Don't forget to bargain to get better deal.
What to buy: Crystal or pearl accessories, t-shirts and local crafts.
What to pay: Depends on your bargaining skills.
Fruit Market in KK sells fresh local fruits and also local tit-bits like kuih Cincin and keropok Emplang. Price is so reasonable and they are tasty too!
What to buy: Local Tit-Bits, Coconut Juice, Buah Salak (snake skin fruit)
What to pay: From RM2 onwards for tit-bits.
There are a few shopping malls in KK.
Centre Point is considered a bigger shopping malls with department stalls inside. Similar to other shopping mall in other parts of Malaysia, you can find apparel, shoes, daily used items, etc here. There is also a cinema in Centre point where you can catch a movie if you are too free.
Centre Point is undoubtedly the biggest mall in KK so far. There's more new malls and shopping outlet opening nearby soon. In Centre Point, there's plenty of shops selling clothes, electronic item etc... but I just love to print digital photos here. 4R size is only 40 cents per piece and the quality is good too. In my place in Selangor, the price is about 50 cent per piece. My digital camera is out of battery once and I get it recharged here with reasonable charges.
What to buy: Anything, but most prices are fixed.
What to pay: Up to you!