Miri Handicraft Centre is a collection of stalls selling a range of local craft products and arts and crafts from areas across Sarawak, along with lots of cheap Sarawak souvenirs and Sarawak sweets such as pepper candy and bird's nest candy.
What to buy: There is some beautiful beadwork, ornamental kris (daggers) and brass earrings, along with ikat and placemats. Prices are very reasonable.
Bintang Megamall has total space of 400,000 square feet making it the biggest shopping mall in Miri. It opened in 1996 as Bintang Plaza, and was renamed Bintang Megamall following the refurbishing that adds a new multi-storey car park and a hotel, the Luxton. The anchor tenant is Parkson Grand department store. Other tenants include Big Apple Donuts & Coffee, Guardian Pharmacy, KFC, McDonald's, Popular Book, Secret Recipe, SenQ, Starbucks, Sushi King, Toys R Us and Watson's. There is a 24-lane bowling alley on the third floor, as well as a food court and a Cineplex.
This shop offers most of the local tribes crafts that starts from intricate beadsworks up to finely carved wooden door panel. The prices here are generally lower than the other craft shops in Miri that i went to and you still can bargain the price if u make cash purchase. they also provides door to door delivery for the crafts that u bought with reasonable charge so u dont have to carry heavy luggage home. its such a convenience. i felt so lucky to unexpectedly found this shop on the way back to my lodging and havent purchase anything on handicrafts and i shopped for almost RM500 as their offer prices are so irresistable.
What to buy: Most of the locals crafts are available here, but there's exception in beadswork as the design and colours are differ from one another. so for beadswork its better if u buy the one u like at the moment u see as its a masterpiece. no 2nd pair and so on. its really a masterpiece. u can get pua, tribes costume, nice n cheap t shirts, intricately carved woodworks, beadsworks and etc.
What to pay: You're expected to spend more than RM100 as it offers price below the most souveneirs shop price in Miri ,without bargaining and u still can always ask for a lower price if u pay by cash. I got my bamboo music instrument RM 20 lower here than other shop
Miri has a few open markets whereby the locals Mirians and the neighbouring Bruneians go to buy and sell local produces. One of the better known local market is called "Tamu Muhibbah".
This is where people of all races from the villages in and outskirts of Miri region go to sell and market their food stuffs. Here is where the Miri comes alive (especially on weekends) - in all the blaring noises of raised voices and car horns, the hustles and bustles of the marketers, sellers and buyers talking in all local languages and dialects. Here you can find different kinds of strange and weird things, colorful arrays of goods for sell.
Even if you're not buying anything, just go and visit this Tamu Muhibbah on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The place and its surrounding car parks will be packed with the locals trying to do their weekly shopping
What to buy: You can find jungle produce such as terung iban (sour yellow round eggplants), jungle ferns* (paku and midin), bamboo and palm shoots, hill-planted rices in various varieties and colors (bario rice, black glutonious rice, etc.), wild animal games (bats, snakes, wild boars, etc.), freshwater prawns and fishes, river crabs, native wooden sculptures/carvings and rattan weavings, and many many more.
*Try frying some midin and paku with the locally made specialty, the belacan (shrimp paste).
You can also find small farm produces; for example, kampung ayam (spring chicken), chicken or turtle eggs, salted fish, long-beans, kang-kong (morning glory), chilli padi (small superhot chilis), big and small cucumbers (different shapes and colors). Then there are many variety of tropical fruits such as rambutans, bananas (pisang emas, pisang tanduk, pisang hijau), mangos, durians, jackfruits, pineapples, papayas, mangosteen, langsat, etc.
What to pay: You are expected to spend from RM50 - RM100 per shopping
Boulevard Shopping Center is popular with the locals, especially to those who stay in the nearby residential areas. The anchor tenant has a "hypermarket" that sells fresh produce & department store. Other shops here include a pharmacy and boutiques.
If you're feeling hungry there are several places to fill your tummy; Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sugar Bun and a selection of stalls in the foodcourt on the top floor
The Imperial Mall houses 146 retail shop-lots occupying 4 stories offering arrays of goods and services ranging from fashion apparels, shoes, sport wears, telecommunication, electronic & electrical instruments, hair and beauty centres, banking facilities and food centres.
What to buy: On the ground floor you can find Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, Nelsons snackbar, Chinese medicine shop. There are also a pharmacy, hair saloon, foot reflexology centre, electronics shop, Music store, women's clothes, shoes, gift shop, and other shops selling knick-knacks on all levels. On the highest floor, there is a food court where you can find hawkers selling chinese, malay and indian food.
What to pay: RM50 - RM1000
Bintang Plaza is another shopping mall - in fact it was the 2nd one in Miri after Wisma Pelita. Bintang Plaza has a supermarket on ground floor, a department store called Parkson on the 1st floor, a movie cineplex and a large bowling centre on the top floor.
What to buy: On the ground floor, there are fast food restaurants like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and SugarBun. There is also a Pharmacy, a Drugstore, a shoe store, Music store, etc.
On the first floor, there is McDonalds fast food, a sports store, a handicraft souvenir store, a hair saloon, Video store, Clothes store, and other small shops
On the other floors, there are shops selling clothes, a bookstore, children clothes, shoe shops, toys, etc.
What to pay: RM10 - RM100
The Boulevard Shopping Centre is a shopping complex where there are many shops selling food stuffs, clothes, and other household requirements. There are also fast food restaurants such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, etc. on the ground floor. Also on the ground floor there is the hypermarket selling foodstuffs.
What to buy: There are also pharmacy, hair saloon, foot reflexology centre, electronics shop, Music store, and other shops selling knick-knacks on all levels. On the highest floor, there is a food court where you can find hawkers selling chinese, malay and indian food. Also on the highest floor, there is a post office where you can buy stamps, mail letters, pay your utility bills, etc.
it is a small liquor shop beside the Imperial mall along Jalan Brooke. From Jalan Brooke facing north before crossing Imperial Mall, Turn right and walk about 50 meters from the street corner.
Bruneians used to buy from here because nobody sells alcohol in brunei. If you're going to brunei, you are allowedto bring along 12 cans of beer or 2 bottles of liquor. a declaration form can be asked from the cashier.
What to buy: Liquor, beer, wine, and other drunky stuff!!
What to pay: Vodka/whisky at about RM 50 depending on the brand, Tiger Beer at RM 32.
I think that prices of souvenirs in Malaysia are pretty reasonable because you get the real stuff at good prices than if you compare to other countries e.g. cheap souvenirs say in Australia are usually made in China.
In Miri, you can get local handicraft like beads, carvings or woven cloth & bags for a few dollars and you can find all this at the local cultural center in the middle of Miri old town. In the center, each shop is divided in booths and manned by locals, mostly indigenious tribal women who are friendly and can speak some English
What to buy: Colourful glass beads, wooden carvings and tribal woven cloth or the Pua make great souvenirs
What to pay: You can get glass beads bracelet for under US$5. The most you pay is US$50 for a glass bead bag
Bintang Plaza is a shopping mall situated on the edge of Miri city center, along the highway. This is a popular shopping center especially on weekends because this is the place for the more "exclusive" brands e.g the Body Shop, Vincci & Fila, and the nationwide pharmacy branches, Guardians & Watson. A nationwide department store, Parkson and Giant supermarket bring a little class to this place.
If you feel hungry, most of the popular fast food restaurants e.g KFC, McDonald's & Pizza Hut are located in Bintang Plaza, and the latest addition, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf franchise, for the coffee-drinking, wifi-surfing yuppy crowd
What to buy: - Clothes and imported cosmetics from Parkson Grand
- Groceries with some value offers at Giant supermarket
- Popular Books for stationery, books and office supplies
- Toiletries from Guardians Pharmacy and Watson
In Japan, you can find 100 yen stores. Australia, Canada and the US have $2 shops. but here's a new one - a 2 ringgit shop. I guess this works out to be cheaper than all the others. There was a big range of stuff in there. How they manage to do things at that price I can't imagine.
What to buy: I found this place useful for stationery because I was doing some writing and study at the time. It might be useful if you are doing business in Miri.
It is a big shop and it is the latest. It has 5 storeys. In Level 2 , it consists of men 's clothes meanwhile level 3 consist of female's colthes. Level 1 is just shoes and etc. Level 4 consists of stationary and lastly level 5 consists for food. I suggest to all tourists to stop here for a while.
Miri old town consists of many small shops.They only sell for daily needs such as goods and meals. Noting to go there. Remember you need to buy ticket before parking your car.
What to pay: You must pay parking ticket before parking your car
This shopping complex is the most welcomed shopping complex in Miri since it consists the only cinema, the only bowling alley, the only archery centre in Miri.During weekends,teens are here to hang around.There is a food court at the 4th ground (same floor with the cineplax and bowling alley).Other than that,u also can dine in at the fast food centre at the ground floor.(
namely Pizza hut,KFC,Sugar Bun and Tops's food court ) besides that,shops like Guardian,Watson,The Body Shop,Speedy,Popular Bookstore etc. also can be found here.
What to pay: depends on the activities u go.Like going for a movie will cost u RM 8-10 during weekends but RM 7 during weekdays and RM5 on Wednesday.