Kota Kinabalu - Shopping
For handicrafts you will find several small shops in the various shopping malls, but for the best bargains, most authentic goods and the most fun shopping experience - head for the handicraft market, on the seafront by the Filipino market, the place is a virtual labyrinth of craft stalls.
The old Filipino market is also the best tamu (fresh market) in town, and is a great place to by local produce and seafood.
The biggest shopping centre in town is Centre Point, a huge multi-story centre full of just about everything you could wish for, with electronic goods being a speciality. Further along the main street, you’ll find Wisma Merdeka, another multi-story shopping centre with loads of great shops, this is a great place for bargain buy clothes, and it has the best “Borneo” bookshop in town – Borneo Books.
Dotted between the two major centres you will finds loads of small local shops selling every day products, while the new and expanding Warasan Square and Asia City are great and plush centres to buy brand name goods.
For small souvenirs and budget buys, try the regular night market in Kampung Air, and be prepared to haggle!