Not Really Suited for Westerners.... yet
I found shopping for womens clothes for me near on impossible. I am tall (5ft 10) and slim but still couldnt find anything to fit me. Asians bodies are shorter than ours so clothes shopping was a no go for me.
Also I found the kids clothes to be orientated towards the Asian children as they wear lots of frills and gymic type clothes... Not what my kids would wear.
The usual tourist shops selling wood products, placemats, bags, and other items can be found along the road opposite the Waterfront.
There is also a large fish market along the river that can be quite smelly come mid afternoon.
What to buy: You have to some home with an orangutan souvenier of some kind or its not worth going!! Mine was a toy stuffed one for my daughter.
What to pay: I didn't find it to be as cheap as Thailand or Bali.
Syarikat Jasmin: Main Bazaar
Voted No.11 Fairprice shops around the whole of Malaysia 2008, the owner of this shop is very friendly and proud of his achievements. We had to give full of praises to get special discounts for the hundreds of ringgit spent on Sarawak Batik and clothings.
What to buy: His price is fair indeed.
What to pay: RM15 to RM1500 for 4 meters of cloth ranging from cotton to
Yong Huat Heng Brick & Earthen Ware Factory: Porcelain Shop
They were giving away 50% discounts on some vases. Also, rejected vases, with tiny cracks and chips are going at a low price of only RM5. So, if you are looking for a bargain and don't mind the little imperfections, this is the place to go
What to buy: Porcelain vase, pots, ashtray, etc
They even packed the vases nicely in boxes with lots of packing materials (used newspaper) and even guarantee that the vases will not break with rough handling of the cargo crew of the flight you are taking out of Kuching
What to pay: RM15 to RM500
Seriking: Near the Indonesian Border
2 hours drive from Santubong, and you will arrive at Sarikin, a mixture of Indonesian and Malaysian selling their ware from handicraft to curtains to electric guitars.
What to buy: A replica Levis cost RM 35 to RM 50
What to pay: Bargain and bargain, even though the price is already cheap
Main Bazaar by waterfront: Main Bazaar
Opposite the Waterfront, is the oldest street in the city and the heart of old Kuching. It has some superb examples of Chinese shophouse architecture, many of which have been occupied by the same family for generations. These families still pursue traditional occupations such as tin-smithing, carpentry and petty trading. Kuching’s highest concentration of antique and handicraft shops are to be found here, and shoppers can rest between bargaining sessions in a number of old-fashioned coffee shops with panelled walls and marble-topped tables.
Ting & Ting Supermarket: Sells western food
Located just down from the Borneo Hotel, this is one of those small supermarkets that I like a lot. Not only does it have local food but also a large range of western food especially British food such as shortbread biscuits, tartar sauce etc which hark back to the time when Kuching was under British rule, so I guess certain things, like food, stick around. Great place just to wander around.
Main Bazaar, Kuching: Art and Culture in Sarawak
There are a number of terrific shops in the Main Bazaar strip that sell art and culture artifacts from around Sarawak. These objects include traditional batik and ikat, paintings and huge bronze earrings. Prices are very reasonable. There are also several shops selling cheap souvenirs for tourists.
You may also be amused by the names of some of the shops and the signage.
What to buy: Ikat and earrings worn by Iban people
- Arts and Culture
Riverside Shopping Complex: Kuching's Premier!
It is not just a shopping complex that joint to the Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, but it is also place to seek entertainment, leisure, food and many more.
Atelier Gallery: Art
The design is unique and it has 2 exotic toilets :)
What to buy: Furniture, Restored Antiques, Local & Foreign Arts.
What to pay: From RM10 to more than RM1000.
Not oriented to the tourists, but to the locals, the India street and adjacents are full of small stores with very good prices for clothes and this kind of items.
- Save up to 50% off Hotels Everyday
- Expedia.com Photos, Reviews and the Guaranteed Lowest Prices
- Plenty of choices
- Agoda.com Save up to 75%, Don't miss! Live support, Instant confirmation.