Shopping in Brunei is practically a national pastime – Bruneians love to scout the shopping malls searching for the best deals while lamenting the country’s limited variety of retail havens. With pensions for all, education and healthcare on the house, free sport and leisure centres, subsidised houses and cars, short working weeks, the highest minimum wage in the region and income taxes are unheard of, the people of Brunei remain happy with their lot. So it comes as no surprise that high-end purchases from ritzy big brand names such as Versace, Guess etc. are commonplace. The micro-nation’s only traffic jam occurs every night in Gadong, Brunei’s main shopping district, when locals clamour to find parking space for their nightly retail fix.
Kompleks Bangunan Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
This is one of most popular places to shop in Brunei – the picturesque shopping mall is home to big brand names as well as high-end local boutiques selling fabrics and jewellery. A mixture of modern and traditional architecture, this four-hectare complex is one of the more popular places in Brunei for retail therapy.
- Location: Jalan Pretty, Bandar Seri Begawan BS 8711
- Tel: +673 223 2731 or +673 223 2732 or +673 223 2733 or +673 223 2734
This bustling night market is located beside one of the micro-nation’s big-time shopping complexes. The giant marquee has roadside vendors that sell just about every type of edible item available from satay and chicken wings to kueh and barbecued fish. Additionally, you can get souvenirs and handicrafts as you walk past the vendors along the street.
- Location: Lorong Sultan, Gadong
The best known air-conditioned bastion of retail commerce, the large The Mall complex is almost always crowded and has an astonishing number of stores that retail high-end merchandise as well as several great places with traditional Brunei treats.
- Location: Gadong