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Central Market


Held along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu’s Central Market is much like its Kuala Lumpur counterpart. Occupying a strip of waterfront real estate in the middle of town, this souk has vendors that sell a variety of merchandise including local food – the stalls selling nasi campur have good value-for-money meals.

  • Opening Hours: 06:30 – 18:00
  • Location: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens
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Handicraft Market


Sandwiched between the Night Market and Central Market in Kota Kinabalu, this bazaar is the perfect place to get reasonably-priced souvenirs including jewellery, bamboo goods, pearls, seashell crafts and textiles. Be sure to bargain as you’ll get better deals than the advertised sticker prices.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Jalan Tun Mohd Stephens
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Jalan Gaya


Reminiscent of Malacca’s Jonker Street, this lively Chinese flea market takes place along the length of Jalan Gaya. Vendors and shoppers are friendly and you can purchase a variety of merchandise including souvenirs, produce and handicrafts; the market takes place every Sunday.

  • Opening Hours: Sunday
  • Location: Jalan Gaya
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Night Market


Also located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens behind the Filipino Market, this market takes place underneath the imposing Le Meridien. At the southwest section of the market you can purchase a veritable variety of produce while at the northeast zone is a huge hawker centre with a smorgasbord of local fare – try the fried chicken and barbecued fish.

  • Opening Hours: Early evening – 23:00
  • Location: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens

Tawau Bazaar


Located along Jalan Clinic in Tawau, this souk takes place opposite Marco Polo Hotel. Vendors sell batik prints, sarongs, souvenirs, T-shirts, handicrafts, cosmetic products as well as local fare. You can get great bargains as long as you negotiate well with the traders.

  • Location: Jalan Clinic
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