Gaya Street and Filipino Market in Kota Kinabalu are two very popular shopping places for not only the locals but also the tourists. Do check out these markets and sharpen your bargaining skills here. You will find that shopping in Kota Kinabalu is incomplete unless you come here. These amazing Sabah markets will be the places for you to shop your heart out for all the local handicrafts, souvenirs and many other interesting items.
If you happen to be in the Kota Kinabalu Central Business District on a fine Sunday morning, you will have the opportunity to experience the wonderful hustle and bustle of Gaya Street market. The Gaya Street market stretches all the way from the Jesselton Hotel until the Kota Kinabalu municipal building. The Gaya Street Market ideal location in the centre of Kota Kinabalu makes it easy for visitors to reach this wonderful Sabah market.
The local Sabah people would normally spend their Sundays walking around Gaya Street market. This delightful Sabah market containing hundreds of stalls offers a variety of good for you to choose from. You could get virtually anything you can think of under the sun from this Sabah market. The goods on offer ranges from foodstuff, hardware, toys, souvenirs, t-shirts, furnitures, handicrafts, live animals and the list just goes on and on. Some of the notable items on sale at the Gaya Street market are local paintings, some of which are drawn on location. Do take a pause and admire the local talent. This Sabah market is open every Sunday from 6.30 am in the morning until 1 pm in the afternoon. That should be long enough time for you to indulge in your Sabah shopping adventure here.
Another good place to go for your Sabah shopping experience is the Filipino market Kota Kinabalu. The Filipino market Kota Kinabalu is in Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens opposite the Centrepoint Shopping Complex. Just as the Gaya Street market, its location right in the heart of Kota Kinabalu makes it an accessible place for visitors and tourist. As the name implies, the Filipino market is run by Filipino immigrants. At the Filipino market, you can find a wide range of stuff for you to browse through and buy.
The diverse products you can find in the Filipino market ranges from handicrafts, toiletries to traditional food and medicine. One of the things that you ought to buy in the Filipino market is its famous cultured pearl priced at around RM5 apiece. Do you feel like doing some alteration to your clothes or jeans? You are in luck because there are also tailors available in the Filipino market. At nighttime, you can find this Sabah market selling fresh poultry, fishes and prawns. You will be delighted to see the variety of seafood and meat being on offer here. You will also find stalls selling vegetables and fruit here. One local fruit that you should really try out is the tarap fruit the Sabah red durian.
If you are feeling hungry, there are stalls in the Filipino market selling local delicacies and barbequed seafood such as the juicy succulent fish and tiger prawns. They even have lobsters here on offer at a whopping RM100. You’re not only able to shop till you drop here, you also can eat until you drop too!
The wonderful Gaya Street market and Filipino market will promise not to disappoint you in your Sabah shopping excursion. Let us go and experience the colours of these magnificent markets now.