Named after Mount Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. Like many of the Asian countries, Kota Kinabalu has several shopping spots ranging from malls to flea markets to night markets, where you will find things that you want to buy and not buy too. These shopping places cover everything – handicrafts, branded stores, food courts, souvenirs, and local food. The shopping scene here is vibrant, and tourists often take chocolates, liquors, handicrafts, and pearl jewellery back home with them!
1. Imago Shopping Mall
Imago shopping mall tops the list of the best shopping places in Kota Kinabalu. This 4-level shopping mall with around 300-tenants offers its visitors a plethora of options- retail, entertainment, and dining outlets. Each floor of the mall is designed to meet the special needs of visitors like essential needs, electronics, couture, local fashion, amusements, etc. A striking feature of this mall is that every two hours from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there is an ethnic dance performance at the mall’s welcome gate to welcome the visitors.
Location: IMAGO Shopping Mall KK Times Square Phase 2, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
2. Suria Sabah
This modern one-stop mall is loved by the locals and the tourists who visit Kota Kinabalu. Facing the South China sea, the mall spreads across 11 acres. It caters to the needs of shoppers from all walks of life, having something for everybody. It is consistently improving its facilities and the diversity of products it has to offer.
Location: Jln Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu
3. Centre Point Sabah
Centre Point Sabah is one of the oldest malls in Kota Kinabalu. It is undoubtedly the busiest and the most convenient 4-floors of shopping spot. Its entertainment galore is spread across the 5th and the 8th floor. If you want to go shopping in Kota Kinabalu, Centre Point Sabah could be the perfect starting point! It has all sorts of clothing, shoes, beauty products, perfumes, book shops, stationery shops, restaurants that cater to all tastes, and a lot more to offer.
Location: 1, Centre Point Road, Kota Kinabalu
Kadaiku, which means ‘my shop’ in the local dialect, is a treasure of mementos for souvenirs and handicrafts in Kota Kinabalu. It specializes in 100% authentic local handicrafts featuring a range of unique Sabah handmade handicrafts. They also customize gifts and hampers on special requests. This shop has something for everyone, a little of Sabahan culture that can be brought back home.
Location: Lot 5, Ground Floor, Block L, Sinsuran Complex, Kota Kinabalu
Also known as 1Borneo Hypermall, it is the largest shopping complex in East Malaysia and is regarded as Borneo Island’s largest mall. This entire project houses three hotels. It hosts a number of exhibitions and events and caters to a number of restaurants, fancy fashion labels, entertainment outlets, appliance stores, etc.
Location: Jalan Sulaman, Kota Kinabalu
6. Oceanus Waterfront Mall
Located strategically near hotels, commercial outlets, and business districts, Oceanus Waterfront Mall is the first-ever waterfront landmark in Kota Kinabalu. What compliments this shopping centre the best is the waterfront and the exotic oasis being built by in an iconic nautical design. This shopping mall spreads across 4- floors catering to some very well-known fashion labels and brands along with local brands found in specialty boutiques. It has a 2km long extended waterfront boardwalk designed to host various events. A visit to the Oceanus Waterfront Mall is sure to leave you mesmerized with want for more!
Location: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu
7. City Mall Kota Kinabalu
A 15 minutes taxi ride from the center of the town, this mall caters to the locals residing in and around the place. This mall is busy during the weekends and holidays, increasing road traffic. It comprises of restaurants, clothing stores, accessories stores, several chains of fast food joints, bookstore, electronic and computer shops.
Location: Asian Highway, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
8. Karamunsing Complex
One of the earliest shopping centres in Kota Kinabalu along with Centre Point, Karamunsing Complex is known for IT products and services. You can find a great variety of electronics here right from smartphones to household electronics and parts of the CPU. It also offers a great deal of food ranging from local and Chinese to Mamak and Malay food along with famous food chains.
Location: Lorong Karamunsing, Karamunsing, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
9. Gaya Street Sunday Morning
A Sunday market area of Kota Kinabalu, it is also dubbed as Chinatown of Sabah due to the presence of many Chinese outlets (coffee shops and restaurants). This street was known as Bond Street during the British colonial era. To a surprise, this Sunday market also sells pets along with agricultural products, local food, souvenirs, crafts and arts, footwear, and antiques. Chinese immigrants along with Filipino and Indonesian traders can be commonly found here making a trip selling and buying things. What makes this place special is the fact that this place still houses some of the generations-old family businesses passed down from fathers to their sons and so on.
Location: Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu
10. Filipino Market
Comprising of a wet market, night market, handicraft complex, and hawker center, the Filipino market is the most sought after and preferred place for souvenirs and seafood in town. It is a major tourist attraction and shopping centre in the city of Kota Kinabalu.
Location: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu